18 Feb '12, 8am

N. Korea rejects S. Korea call for talks on reunions

N. Korea rejects S. Korea call for talks on reunions

SEOUL: North Korea Saturday rejected the South's call for talks aimed at restarting reunions for families separated since the Korean War, saying Seoul should first respond to its conditions for dialogue. South Korea's Red Cross Tuesday proposed the talks to discuss a resumption of the temporary reunions for family members separated since the 1950-1953 war. Pyongyang's Minju Joson newspaper accused Seoul of talking about reunions and other exchanges while secretly seeking sanctions. If the South was genuinely interested in family reunions and other exchanges, the paper said, it should reply to a "questionnaire" addressed to Seoul's leaders this month. The questionnaire told the South's leaders to "repent of their crimes" following the December 17 death of the North's leader Kim Jong-Il and to honour past summit agreements. It accused them of showing disrespect during the mo...

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