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N.K. outlet urges Seoul to focus on 'fundamental' issues, rather than humanitarian aid

North Korea 09:23 May 27, 2019

SEOUL, May 27 (Yonhap) -- A North Korean propaganda outlet renewed calls on Monday for South Korea to stop talking about humanitarian assistance and instead focus on resolving "fundamental" issues to improve inter-Korean relations.

"They (South Korea) are talking about humanitarian aid and cooperative exchanges as if they are interested in carrying out the declarations," DPRK Today said, referring to the agreements the leaders of the two Koreas reached during their three summits last year.

"It is an act that deceives the public to carry around non-core and secondary issues without thinking about resolving fundamental issues made clear in the North-South declarations and behave as if they are aimed at implementing those declarations," it added.

DPRK Today also denounced South Korea for being inactive in improving inter-Korean relations and just bent on "hostile acts" by engaging in military drills with outside forces, apparently referring to its recent joint drills with the United States.

South Korea earlier pledged to donate US$8 million to U.N. aid agencies to help pregnant women and kids in North Korea. Separately, it is now drawing up plans to provide humanitarian assistance to help ease food shortages in the impoverished state.

Seoul expects such efforts could help move stagnated inter-Korean relations forward and provide fresh momentum for stalled denuclearization talks between Pyongyang and Washington.

North Korea has yet to provide its official response to Seoul's push to provide humanitarian aid, but its propaganda media outlets have recently stepped up calls for Seoul to focus more on improving inter-Korean relations.

On Saturday, the Korean Central News Agency, North Korea's official media, lashed out at South Korea for conducting joint military drills with the U.S. in recent months, calling them a violation of an agreement the two Koreas reached last year to reduce military tensions and build mutual trust.

kokobj@yna.co.kr
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