In what was seen as a symbolic gesture, North Korea blew up an inter-Korean liaison office building in June 2020 amid deadlocked diplomacy to restore engagement between the two countries, with photos from South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency showing smoke rising from what appeared to be a complex of buildings.
A Google Maps fan claims he has spotted a partially destroyed office block in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) that may be what’s left of the Korean Inter-Joint Liaison Office.
After surveying aerial images taken for Google’s digital mapping service, a Reddit social news website user going by the name of d2suarez posted images of a deserted blue and green building in August 2020.
The images appeared to show rubble and broken glass scattered across a parking lot. The discovery was made in the southern city of Kaesong, four miles from the border with South Korea.
Other Reddit users speculated as to what it might be, until the author of the post added further clarification, writing:
Intra-Korean Engagement Efforts
North and South Korean leaders held three summits in 2018 — in April, May and September — aimed at reducing tensions and increasing the cooperation between the states. In particular, the talks were focused on the denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.
The leaders also agreed upon setting up the joint Liaison Office in North Korea’s border city of Kaesong and using it as a communication channel between the two countries.