South Korea's defense ministry has flatly rejected the North's demand to postpone an upcoming round of military exercises with the U.S. to a date that does not overlap with reunions for families separated by the Korean War.
Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae said in an appearance at the National Assembly on Thursday, however, that he still expects the reunions to be held as scheduled.
The two Koreas had agreed to proceed with the reunions from the 20th to 25th of this month as planned, during marathon 14-hour negotiations that started Wednesday and ended without agreement.
The sticking point during the talks was the military drills, with the North urging Seoul to postpone them to sometime after the reunions.
Wednesday's inter-Korean talks were the first high-level talks between two Koreas, since the beginning of the Park Geun-hye administration.