North Korea rejects South's request for family reunion talks
Published on Mar 6, 2014 11:23 AM
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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