The office of South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol announced on Tuesday that South Korea will suspend the inter-Korean accord signed in 2018 in case of a "critical security situation." The warning comes as North Korea prepares to launch its "spy satellite" before the end of the month.
An official from Yoon's office told reporters that South Korea will act "depending on the content and scope of the provocation" from Pyongyang, Yonhap reported. He added that North Korea "has been unilaterally and consistently violating [the agreement]for a long time." The accord was signed by then-South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at their summit in September 2018, with the two leaders committing to enhance cooperation and exchanges, laying out the groundwork for a military agreement and the denuclearization of North Korea.