What is behind the recent tension on the Korean Peninsula?

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It was just two years ago when the leaders of North Korea and South Korea agreed to work towards peace.

They signed a pact to stop cross-border hostilities - and for once, there was hope for reconciliation.

But now, that hope is fading.

Pyongyang has threatened to redeploy troops near the demilitarised border. It also destroyed a liaison office meant to facilitate dialogue, because, it says, South Korea allowed North Korean defectors to drop anti-government leaflets into its territory.

The government in Seoul denies that and says it will no longer tolerate North Korea's behaviour.

So, what is next for the region?

Presenter: Kamahl Santamaria

Guests:

Scott Snyder - senior fellow for Korean Studies and director of the programme on US-Korea Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations

June Park - political economist and researcher at the National Foundation of Korea

Aidan Foster-Carter - honourary senior research fellow in Sociology and Modern Korea at Leeds University

Source: Al Jazeera

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