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DPRK blames South Korea for aborted family reunion talks

(Xinhua)

10:54, July 14, 2013

PYONGYANG, July 13 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has accused South Korea of distorting its true intentions on talks intended to reunite separated families on both sides, the official news agency KCNA reported Saturday.

In a letter to South Korea's Unification Ministry from its Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea on Thursday, Pyongyang warned of serious consequences for Seoul's "arrogant demeanor," advising Seoul not to misjudge Pyongyang's "magnanimity and efforts."

The letter said Seoul Wednesday rejected Pyongyang's proposal on working talks for the resumption of tour to the DPRK's scenic Mt. Kumgang, asserting it is desirable to focus on settling the issue of the Kaesong Industrial Zone (KIZ) on a priority basis.

Considering the view of South Korea, the DPRK is willing to put on hold the talks for the resumption of the Mt. Kumgang tour and Red Cross working contact for discussing reunion of separated families in order to concentrate efforts on the KIZ issue, the letter said.

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