SEOUL, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) — All of communication hotlines between South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have been in a state of complete cut-off after the shutdown of an inter-Korean factory park, Seoul's defense ministry said Friday.

Defense Ministry spokesman Moon Sang-gyun told a regular press briefing that all communication hotlines linking the two sides have been blocked as Pyongyang cut off the lines on Thursday following the shutdown of the Kaesong Industrial Zone.

Two military hotlines had been run between the two sides in the western and eastern regions, but the eastern hotline was already closed in a forest fire in 2013.

The telephone and fax lines in the western region were cut off from Thursday as the DPRK decided to shut down the joint factory park in its border city of Kaesong, Moon said.