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N. Korea says Park gov't to blame for icy bilateral ties

All Headlines 11:18 February 26, 2015

SEOUL, Feb. 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korea claimed Thursday South Korea's Park Geun-hye administration is fully responsible for frosty ties between the two sides, calling its inter-Korean policy over the past two years a total failure.

The Rodong Sinmun, Pyongyang's key propaganda organ, accused the Park government of seeking "dialogue intended to harm the North," not sincere talks.

Bilateral dialogue has been suspended because the South demands "dialogue for systemic reunification" in ignorance of the two summit agreements reached each in 2000 and 2007, the newspaper said in a commentary. It is published by the powerful Workers' Party of Korea.

It criticized the South for planning to hold joint military drills with the United States and pushing for legislation on the North Korea human rights issue even this year, which marks the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japan's 35-year colonial rule.

The newspaper also said tensions on the peninsula persist as the South's authorities allow local activists to send anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border.

This week, Park entered her third year in office. She is to leave office in early 2018 as the Constitution bars the country's president from running for re-election.

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