North Korea suspends all relations with the South

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The Independent Online

Pyongyang says it is cutting all relations with Seoul as tensions continue to rise over the sinking of a South Korean warship in March.

North Korea says it will have no contact with South Korean authorities while the South's President Lee Myung-bak remains in office. It also says all South Koreans working at an inter-Korean industrial complex in the border town of Kaesong will be expelled.

International investigators blame the torpedo attack, which killed 46 sailors, on a North Korean submarine – a charge Pyongyang denies.