S Korea rejects DPRK's proposal for military talks: media

18:13, October 29, 2010      

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South Korea rejected Friday a proposal by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to hold military talks unless it acknowledges its role in the fatal sinking of a South Korean warship, local media reported citing the defense ministry.

The DPRK suggested last week holding another round of talks on Oct. 22, but refused to comply with South Korea's demand to take " responsible measures" for the alleged torpedo attack on the warship, according to Yonhap News Agency.

The two Koreas held working-level military talks in last month, the first such meeting in two years, but failed to make any progress due to the DPRK's refusal to admit its responsibility for the sinking, which killed 46 South Korean sailors.

The talks will not produce a breakthrough if Pyongyang insists its innocence, Seoul's Army Col. Moon Sang-kyun reportedly said.

Meanwhile, DPRK's state media accused Seoul of refusal to meet, calling it an "act of treachery".



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