N.Korea Snubs Calls for Talks

      November 09, 2015 11:46

      North Korea has ignored three proposals for talks from the South since officials from the two sides on Aug. 25 called for more contacts in the future.

      Early talks were at the top of the six-point agreement reached in August.

      "Back on Sept. 21, Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo proposed high-level talks to North Korean Workers Party secretary Kim Yang-gon, but Pyongyang didn't respond," a Unification Ministry official said.

      Three days later Seoul sent a telephone message to Pyongyang calling for talks, and on Oct. 30, right after the latest round of reunions of families separated by the Korean War, Seoul proposed talks again for a third time.

      This time Pyongyang refused to accept even a telephone message.

      "It seems that the North is holding out for some kind of reward," Prof. Nam Sung-wook of Korea University speculated. "It looks as if the two Koreas have their own different goals. The North wants resumption of the package tours to Mt. Kumgang, while the South wants to discuss other issues."

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