North Korea dismisses South’s talks offer

Dhaka,  Thu,  17 August 2017
Published : 07 Aug 2017, 16:55:47
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North Korea dismisses South’s talks offer

PYONGYANG, Aug 7 (The Hindu): North Korea dismissed offers of talks from the South during a rare exchange between the two rivals’ Foreign Ministers, Seoul’s Yonhap news agency reported on Monday after the United Nations (UN) imposed a new round of sanctions on nuclear-armed Pyongyang.

News of the brief encounter on the sidelines of a regional forum in Manila came as the South’s President Moon Jae-In urged a “peaceful resolution” to the tensions in a telephone conversation with his United States (US) counterpart Donald Trump.

War will mean a catastrophe

Even a conventional conflict on the peninsula could cost a million dead or wounded within months, estimates say.

Mr. Moon told Mr. Trump the South “cannot let another war to break out” on the peninsula after the 1950-53 Korean War that sealed the division of two Koreas, the presidential Blue House said in a statement.

The South’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha shook hands with her Northern counterpart Ri Yong-Ho ahead of an ASEAN Regional Forum dinner on Sunday, Yonhap said.

Ms. Kang urged Mr. Ri to accept Seoul’s offers of military talks to lower tensions on the divided peninsula, and for discussions on a new round of reunions for divided families.
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