25 Apr '11, 5am

South Korea says North Korea deceptive on dialogue

SEOUL: South Korea accused North Korea on Monday of "deceptive" appeals for dialogue and said Pyongyang was determined to keep its nuclear weapons despite international efforts to revive disarmament talks. Seoul's Unification Minister Hyun In-Taek, in a strongly-worded speech at the start of a week of nuclear diplomacy, also accused Pyongyang of exaggerating its food shortage for political reasons. Four elder statesman including former US President Jimmy Carter are to visit the communist state this week for talks on reducing inter-Korean tensions, denuclearisation and food shortages. China's nuclear envoy Wu Dawei is due in Seoul Tuesday for separate talks on reviving long-stalled six-party talks on the North's nuclear disarmament. But Hyun, whose ministry handles cross-border affairs, blamed the North's "intransigence" for sour cross-border relations, which now "seem to b...

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