Foreign Ministry keeps eyes on Koreas after NK severs hotline

By Joseph Yeh,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Foreign Ministry yesterday said it is closely monitoring the latest developments on the Korean Peninsula after North Korea announced Wednesday that it has cut its military hotline with the South, a move that continues to raise tensions on the region. Deputy Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesman Calvin Ho (何震寰) said yesterday that the ministry has been keeping an eye on the developments in North Korea.

“The Taiwan government supports the related United Nations resolution that aims to maintain regional stability,” he added. He reiterated the government’s urge to Pyongyang to cease any action that will undermine stability in the region and engage in dialogue with the concerned countries to jointly reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Ho’s remarks came a day after Pyongyang said it had cut the military hotline with Seoul. The hotline had provided a channel of communication between the militaries of North Korea and South Korea, according to foreign media reports. The main use of the military hotline was to facilitate travel for South Korean workers at a joint industrial complex in the North through the Demilitarized Zone.