North Korea said it would suspend operations Monday at Kaesong, a factory it has run jointly with South Korea. The communist regime has already pulled 53,000 of its workers from the facility.
"North Korean workers left work at 6 o'clock today as they usually do," the factory manager said. "We'll know tomorrow whether they will come to work."
The United States and China are trying to cool tensions on the Korean peninsula after a series of military threats by North Korea in recent weeks have rattled the international community.
China's president had harsh words for Pyongyang as Washington warns of a proportional military response.
"No country in Asia should be allowed to throw the region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gain," Chinese President Xi Jinping said.
Several leaders in Washington are also warning North Korea against acting militarily. Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., warned unlike in the past, this time South Korea would react with a proportional response.
"If there were a South Korean naval vessel sunk this year or any time soon or shelling of an island by North Korea, the new president of South Korea would be compelled to act. I think North Koreans are overplaying their hands," the South Carolina lawmaker said.
Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," former U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson said the goal should not be limited to calming North Korea down.
"The goal has to be how do we get North Korea back to the negotiating table on nuclear proliferation, de-nuclearization," he said.
A potential conflict could escalate the suffering of the North Korean population.
The tiny Christian community -- perhaps as few as 100,000 in a nation of 25 million -- are requesting prayer. They're possibly the most persecuted Christians in the world.
They're forced to live their lives as secret believers and if discovered, they are sent to labor camps or killed for their faith. At least 30,000 have been imprisoned. They and others around the world are praying for a peaceful resolution on the Korean peninsula.