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N. Korea blames S. Korea's for failure of Asian Games talks

Updated: 2014-07-18 22:40:57 (KST)
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North Korea threatened Friday to reconsider its decision to participate in the upcoming Incheon Asian Games, pinning the failure of Thursday's working-level talks squarely on the South.
Through its state-run Korean Central News Agency Friday, the North criticized the South Korean delegation for what it called an insincere attitude in the latter half of the meeting, claiming it came under the directive of the presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae.
It accused the South of taking issue with the number of North Korean cheerleaders and the size of the North Korean flag that would be used during the games.
Should Seoul maintain such a stance, Pyongyang threatened to reconsider its plans to participate in the sporting event.
South Korea's unification ministry expressed deep regrets about North Korea's angry outburst and called for Pyongyang to return to talks with sincerity.
The two Koreas met at the border village of Panmunjom on Thursday to discuss the details of the 700 North Korean athletes and cheerleaders that were planning to make the trip south for the Incheon Asian Games, which begin in September.
But when South Korea asked for more details on its plans and said it would accommodate the North Korean delegation just as it would any other team that's participating in the Games, North Korea walked away, questioning Seoul's motives.
The two sides have not set a date for their next meeting.
While some experts had hoped the Asian Games could become a platform for improved inter-Korean ties, Thursday's meeting shows that the two sides remain far apart.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News.


Reporter : ssung86@arirang.co.kr

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