N.Korea Rejects Proposal of Family Reunions

North Korea on Thursday rejected South Korea's proposal for fresh reunions of families separated by the Korean War during the Lunar New Year holidays.

The North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland on Thursday accused media and government officials in the South of making "impudent remarks and actions" as well as carrying out military drills.

But it added, "If the South has nothing new going on and is willing to discuss our suggestions, we will meet another day in good time."

"How can the separated family members meet comfortably when shells and bullets are being fired and the South again is bracing for a large-scale joint military exercise," with the U.S., it added.

A Unification Ministry official said this implies family reunions cannot take place unless South Korea halts joint military drills with the U.S. and agrees to talk about resuming package tours to the Mt. Kumgang resort.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 10, 2014 11:41 KST