N.Korea Quibbles with Wording of Cross-Border Accord

      September 03, 2015 10:56

      North Korea said Wednesday that the "regret" it expressed about the maiming of two South Korean soldiers by box mines in the demilitarized zone must not be construed as an apology.

      "They are so ignorant of the Korean language they don't even know the meanings and definitions of Korean words," the North's National Defense Commission said in a statement carried by the official [North] Korean Central News Agency.

      "'Regret' is nothing more than expressing sympathy."

      The two Koreas, in marathon talks late last month, wrangled hard over an apology for the provocation if Seoul was to switch off propaganda loudspeakers along the border.

      A South Korean government official said Seoul does not intend to respond to the latest comments. "The regime probably has no choice but to say that," the official added.

      Unification Ministry spokesman Jeong Joon-hee said Pyongyang's latest comments are insignificant.

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