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North Korea closes only communication channel with US

July 12,2016 08:23

(CNN) North Korea said Monday it has decided to close its only direct diplomatic link with Washington, a move made days after the United States slapped sanctions on the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, and other officials over human rights abuses.

SEOUL—North Korea said it would sever a rare channel of communication with the U.S. in response to Washington’s move to impose sanctions on its leader, Kim Jong Un. In a report from its state media agency Monday, Pyongyang also said it would handle the cases of two Americans detained in North Korea under “wartime law,” suggesting they are unlikely to be released soon. North Korea said the U.S. was notified Sunday of the...

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