N. Korea blames S. Korea for its postponement of family reunions
North Korea has blamed South Korea's confrontational policy for its abrupt decision to postpone the family reunions.
The communist state unilaterally pulled the plug on the event which would have seen family members from the North and South meeting from this Wednesday until next Monday.
The two Koreas had been in the final stages of preparing the reunions.
Both sides had exchanged the final lists of 1-hundred-96 candidates to be reunited at the Mount Geumgang resort in North Korea.
South Korea's Unification Ministry said Saturday that the postponement of family reunions can not be justified by any means.
"North Korea should not ridicule South Korea by breaking promises. North Korea should promptly resume preparations to hold the reunion event to cure the pain and scars of the separated families."
Pyongyang accuses Seoul of abusing inter-Korean negotiations as a means to seek a showdown with the communist state and the responsibility for the postponement lies with the South.
"South Korea has committed a serious crime against our people for not acknowledging our sincerity in dealing with the separated family reunions."
The North also postponed a scheduled meeting with the South on October 2nd on restarting cross border tours to Mount Geumgang.
Seoul, however, has made it clear that the postponement of the family reunions won't affect operations at the recently reopened Gaeseong Industrial Complex.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.
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