Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae on Monday said North Korea's abrupt cancelation of cross-border family reunions last week rules out any talks about resuming package tours to Mt. Kumgang.
In an exclusive interview with the Chosun Ilbo on Monday, Ryoo stressed that the family reunions should take place before any further negotiations can go ahead. He made it clear that the South Korean government will not oblige North Korea unless the six-day reunion event for families separated by the Korean War, which was to be held this Wednesday, goes ahead.
"Rather than make a new offer, it is important that North Korea complies with the agreement made between the South and North Korean Red Cross on Aug. 23," he said.
Ryoo added that a resumption of six-party nuclear talks will be only possible if North Korea actually carries out its obligation under an agreement with the U.S. in February last year to cease all nuclear activities in return for food aid.