S. Korea voices regret over DPRK's threat to release recordings of secret inter-Korean talks

14:31, June 10, 2011      

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South Korea expressed regret Friday over the latest threat by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to disclose recordings of a secret inter-Korean meeting to prove Seoul "begged" for summits.

The DPRK's powerful National Defense Commission, headed by leader Kim Jong-il, claimed last week it rejected Seoul's proposal at their secret meeting last month in Beijing to hold three summits.

Seoul officials, while admitting holding such a meeting, dismissed the claim as "unilateral" and said the meeting was aimed at persuading Pyongyang to apologize for last year's two deadly incidents that killed 50 South Koreans. The DPRK, however, called South Korea's account a "lie" Thursday, threatening to disclose voice recordings of the clandestine meeting to prove Seoul wrong.

"The government's position remains the same that we do not feel the need to respond to one-sided claims that distort our true intentions," unification ministry spokesman Chun Hae-sung told reporters in a regular briefing in response to the latest move by Pyongyang, calling it "very regrettable."

Chun said Pyongyang's claim that Seoul officials attempted to offer bribes for concessions over summits is "not true," and repeated the unification minister's recent assertion that the meeting was held at the request of Pyongyang. The ministry oversees inter-Korean affairs.

Source: Xinhua
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