July 15, 2013 10:43
North Korea on Saturday accused the South of distorting its intentions in offering talks about reunions of families separated by the Korean War and cross-border package tours.
The North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, in an unusually polite letter to South Korea last Thursday, said that South Korea "avoided" talks between mid-ranking officials about the two subjects.
Seoul "must keep in mind that it will face more serious consequences than under the Lee Myung-bak government if it continues to ridicule the other side's good intentions and replies with arrogant and rude words and actions," it said.
The letter appeared to respond more to South Korean press reports, which had speculated that North Korea only proposed talking about the family reunions as a sweetener to resume lucrative package tours to the North's Mt. Kumgang resort.
A government official noted that the letter unusually used honorifics for the South Korean government.
Last Wednesday, President Park Geun-hye met with editorial writers of the country's major newspapers and said the two Koreas must watch what they say to each other in order to build trust. She said this applies to North Korea as well.
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