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N. Korea's foreign minister claims S. Korea's offer for talks lacks sincerity

All Headlines 10:45 August 07, 2017

MANILA, Aug. 7 (Yonhap) -- North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho has claimed that South Korea's recent offer for talks lacks sincerity in his brief encounter with Seoul's top diplomat on the sidelines of an Asian security forum, a government source said Monday.

Ri was referring to Seoul's recent offer to hold military talks aimed at easing tensions across the border and resume reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. The North has not responded to the overtures.

Ri made the remarks on Sunday in response to South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha's request for Pyongyang to respond to the offer "as soon as possible," the source said.

The remarks were exchanged in a brief encounter held at a gala meeting on Sunday night for top diplomats joining a series of meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

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