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North Korea rejects South's request for family reunion talks

Published on Mar 6, 2014 11:23 AM
South Koreans aboard a bus wave goodbye to their North Korean relatives as they depart a family reunion event at the North Korean resort area of Mount Kumgang on Feb 22, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea on Thursday rejected Seoul's request for talks on reunions for families separated by the Korean War, further souring the mood after a recent upswing in cross-border ties.

The North's negative response came as military tensions simmer, with South Korea conducting annual joint exercises with the United States and Pyongyang carrying out a series of missile and rocket tests.

North Korea said "the proper atmosphere has not been created to discuss family reunions", the South's Unification Ministry said in a statement.

Seoul had sent its request on Wednesday, proposing a meeting on March 12 at the border truce village of Panmunjom.

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