NK re­jects di­a­logue of­fer

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL -

North Korea re­jected South Korea’s of­fer for work­ing-level talks about the fate of a long-sus­pended joint tour pro­gram to Mount Geum­gang, in­sist­ing on dis­cussing the mat­ter in writ­ing, the uni­fi­ca­tion min­istry said Tues­day.

South Korea made the di­a­logue of­fer on Mon­day in a coun­ter­pro­posal to North Korea’s de­mand that Seoul re­move all of its long-aban­doned fa­cil­i­ties from the moun­tain re­sort in an ap­par­ent threat to end the joint busi­ness.

“The North said that it is not nec­es­sary to hold sep­a­rate work­ing-level talks we pro­posed ear­lier and in­sisted on reach­ing an agree­ment (on the re­moval is­sue) through the ex­change of doc­u­ments,” the min­istry said in a text mes­sage sent to re­porters.

“The govern­ment will draw up coun­ter­mea­sures on the Mount Geum­gang mat­ter in close con­sul­ta­tion with rel­e­vant busi­ness operators with a prin­ci­ple that any in­ter-Korean is­sues should be re­solved through di­a­logue and con­sul­ta­tions,” it added. The North sent no­tices de­tail­ing its stance ear­lier in the day to the min­istry and Hyundai Asan Corp., which op­er­ated the tour pro­gram to the moun­tain un­til the project was sus­pended in 2008.

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