N.Korea Slams Offer of Talks

      May 16, 2013 11:25

      North Korea on Wednesday derided South Korea's offer of talks to bring back South Korean goods and materials from the closed Kaesong Industrial Complex as a "crafty ploy."

      The response came a day after the Unification Ministry proposed the talks to reduce the damage for the 123 businesses that were forced out of the industrial park.
       
      A spokesperson for the North Korean committee in charge of the industrial complex reminded "the South Korean authorities once again that the prospect of the Kaesong complex and the future direction of bilateral relations depend entirely on their attitude," the official KCNA news agency reported.
       
      "If the south truly intends to normalize operations at the Kaesong complex, it should not talk about dialogue about minor matters like carrying out of goods but opt to settling basic issues and stopping provocative remarks and the confrontation racket" against North Korea.
       
      The North claimed the proposal was aimed at diverting public attention from the molestation scandal involving President Park Geun-hye's ex-spokesman Yoon Chang-jung.

      But the spokesperson added the regime is "seriously considering" whether to deal with the Park Geun-hye government.

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