North Korea on Tuesday threatened to do away with an armistice truce that ended the 1950's war between the north and south and sever a military "hotline" with the United States if South Korea and the US continued with its two-month-long joint military exercise.
"We will completely nullify the Korean armistice," the North's KCNA news agency said, quoting the Korean People's Army (KPA) Supreme Command spokesman.
"The war exercise being done by the United States and the puppet south Korea is a systematic act of destruction aimed at the Korean armistice."
"We will be suspending the activities of the KPA representative office at Panmunjom (truce village) that had been tentatively operated by our army as the negotiating body to establish a peace regime on the Korean peninsula," the spokesman said, according to KCNA.
"Related to that, we will be making the decision in parallel to cut off the Panmunjom DPRK-U.S. military hotline."