SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea called on South Korea today to suspend the upcoming military drills with the United States, signaling it could backpedal on an agreement to hold family reunions.
The North’s demand came a day after Seoul and Pyongyang agreed to hold reunions later this month for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.
The North’s powerful National Defense Commission said in a statement aired by the regime’s state-run radio that dialogue and exercises of war of aggression could not go hand in hand.
The commission also threatened that the North could backtrack from the inter-Korean agreement on family reunions if slander persists.
It is not the first time that North Korea has called on South Korea to cancel the military exercises, but the latest one came after the two Koreas agreed Wednesday to hold the reunions at Mount Kumgang, a scenic resort on North Korea’s east coast, from Feb. 20 to 25.
On Wednesday, the North said hostile military acts should not undermine the atmosphere for inter-Korean reconciliation, but it did not demanded that Seoul drop its plan to hold the military exercises with the U.S.
However Seoul announced that they will not drop its plan to hold the military exercises.
Source: Busan eFM News
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