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    North Korea Appears to Demolish ‘Reunification Arch’ as Kim Jong Un Turns Against Ties with South

    North Korea Appears to Demolish ‘Reunification Arch' as Kim Jong Un Turns Against Ties with South

    SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea appears to have torn down a huge arch in its capital that symbolized reconciliation with South Korea, a week after leader Kim Jong Un dismissed decades of hopes for peaceful reunification with the war-divided peninsula's south, according to satellite analyzed by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

    South Korea's also said Wednesday that North Korea fired several cruise missiles into waters off its western coast.

    Kim last week described the Pyongyang monument as an “eyesore” and called for its removal while declaring that the North was abandoning long-standing goals of a peaceful unification with South Korea and ordered a rewriting of the North's constitution to define the South as its most hostile foreign adversary.

    Satellite images from Planet Labs PBC appeared to show the destruction of Pyongyang's Monument to the Three Charters for National Reunification, also called the Arch of Reunification. An image Tuesday clearly showed the arch missing along a roadway.

    Clouds and snow cover made it difficult to ascertain when North Korea tore down the monument, but it appeared to be within the last few days. NKNews, a website focused on North Korea, first reported on the satellite images.

    The arch was a 30-meter (about 100-foot) tall structure that looked over a highway leading to the of Kaesong near the border with South Korea.

    The cruise missile launches were…

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