N. Korea’s can­celed event irks South

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea on Tues­day ex­pressed re­gret over North Korea’s can­cel­la­tion of one of the joint co­op­er­a­tion projects planned for next month’s Win­ter Olympics.

In a mes­sage sent over a cross-bor­der com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nel, South Korea de­manded that the North ful­fill mu­tual agree­ments over a set of con­cil­ia­tory ges­tures to mark the Win­ter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Seoul’s Uni­fi­ca­tion Min­istry said.

North Korea on Mon­day night sent a mes­sage say­ing it won’t hold a joint cul­tural event at the North’s Di­a­mond Moun­tain on Sun­day, which was one of two pre-Olympic events in North Korea that the coun­tries had agreed to. Min­istry of­fi­cials said they ex­pect a joint train­ing ses­sion be­tween the coun­tries’ non-Olympic skiers at a North Korean ski re­sort to go on as planned this week.

The min­istry cited North Korea as say­ing it has no other op­tion but to can­cel the cul­tural event be­cause of South Korean me­dia re­ports that it says de­famed its “sin­cere” mea­sures for the Olympics.

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