Seoul, June 9 : North Korea refused to answer daily phone calls from South Korea via military and liaison hotlines on Tuesday after vowing to cut off all communication with South Korea as a protest against anti-Pyongyang leaflets sent from the South. Yonhap news agency reported that the decision to discontinue telephone communication on Tuesday is the latest in a series of protests by the communist nation against Seoul's failure to stop North Korean defectors from sending leaflets criticizing Pyongyang's leadership.
Hours after announcing the decision to discontinue communication with Republic of Korea, the North refused to answer a phone call made by the South on Tuesday morning. South Korea makes daily calls to its Northern neighbour via liaison and military communication lines, the North Korean military did not answer calls made by the South in the morning nor those made at noon. The South Korean government has urged the North to maintain the communication lines. "Communication lines between the South and the North are a basic means of communication and should be maintained in accordance with inter-Korean agreements," an official from the South's unification ministry official said. (UNI)