North Korea's powerful National Defense Commission has given an ultimatum to Seoul and Washington, saying their isolating policies towards Pyongyang will only be met with retaliation.
Citing its recent proposals to Seoul that the two sides refrain from slandering each other, the commission said it has done everything possible to improve inter-Korean ties and that the time has come for a final decision.
The latest threat comes after Seoul and Washington, as well as the international community, strongly criticized Pyongyang's recent short-range missile tests.
North Korea also flip-flopped in regards to its participation at the upcoming Asian Games hosted by the South.
Days after walking out of last Thursday's inter-Korean talks on its attendance, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un highlighted cross-border reconciliation and cooperation through the sporting event on Sunday.
"Saying the Asian Games will be an important opportunity for the two Koreas to improve ties and alleviate distrust, he added sports are sacred and should not be used as a political bargaining chip for rebellious powers."
Reporting on Kim's observation of the North Korean national football team, Pyongyang's state media added North Korea has decided to send a delegation of athletes to the Incheon Asian Games from September 19th to October 4th.
The North's apparent flip-flopping is thought to be its way of pressuring the South to return to negotiations.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News.