Seoul regrets over N. Korea’s suspension of inter-Korean talks

TOKYO, South Korea expressed regret over North Korea’s unilateral decision to cancel inter-Korean talks planned for Wednesday, calling on Pyongyang to return to dialogue as soon as possible.

“It is regrettable that the North’s unilateral move to postpone the high-level inter-Korean talks, citing the annual South Korea-US air drills does not conform with the spirit and purpose of the agreements reached between the leaders of the two countries,” the Unification Ministry issued a statement,Yonhap News Agency reported.

North Korea said it had canceled the high-level talks with the South, because of the ongoing joint military drills between South Korea and the US. Pyongyang also threatened to cancel summit talks with the US scheduled for June 12. “The government remains strongly committed to faithfully implementing the Panmunjom Declaration and urges the North to come out for talks as soon as possible for peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula,” the ministry said, referring to the agreements reached during the April 27 summit between the two countries.

Following the historic summit, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un affirmed the goal of “complete” denuclearization, agreed to halt all hostile acts and expand cross-border cooperation.

The ministry, which handles inter-Korean affairs, added that it will draw up “necessary measures” through close consultations with relevant government agencies to advance relations between the two Koreas and establish permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula by enforcing the summit agreements.

Source: Kuwait News Agency