N.Korea Throws Cross-Border Talks into Disarray

  • By Kim Myong-song

    May 17, 2018 12:56

    North Korea's cancellation of high-level talks with South Korea on Wednesday is likely to impact various other inter-Korean talks that are due to take place.

    It remains uncertain whether the closure of the Punggye-ri nuclear test site between May 23 and 25, will go ahead as planned. A Cheong Wa Dae spokesman said, "The Unification Ministry believes there is no change, and Cheong Wa Dae's position is similar."

    "North Korea has some dissenting views with the U.S. on denuclearization, but it will not be their intention to bring everything back to zero," a researcher with a state-run think tank said.

    But it throws into question various other events that are due to take place, such as a joint event marking the anniversary of the June 15 joint declaration in 2000, a Red Cross meeting about reunions of separated families on Aug. 15, and high-level military talks.

    Sports officials from the two sides are also slated to discuss forming a unified team for the upcoming Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang in August. The schedule for all these meetings was supposed to be discussed on Wednesday.

    South Korea has sent a letter to the North urging it to resume high-level talks as soon as possible. 

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