Wednesday, April 13, 2016

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: N. Korea claims Seoul "abduct" defectors

The Pyongyang-based Red Cross said Seoul was behind the latest mass defection of North Koreans who worked at a state-run restaurant in China, marking the first time for the communist country to make a comment on the issue.

In a statement delivered by the stare-run KCNA, Pyongyang claimed that South Korea abducted its citizens, adding that Seoul must make an official apology and return the defectors, or else some countermeasures from NoKor will be taken if Seoul fails to return the defectors.

Meanwhile, the foreign ministry has announced that another round of high-level talks will be taking place between South Korea and US next week to discuss North Korea sanctions and denuclearization.

The National Security Office's deputy chief, Cho Tae-Yong, will meet with his US counterpart, Tony Blinken, on the 20th of April in Seoul. This is the second time such talks have taken place between the two, after Presidents Park and Obama agreed at a bilateral summit last year on more cooperation in response to North Korean provocations. The possible deployment of the THAAD is also expected to be a topic of discussion. The talks will take place a day after trilateral vice-ministerial talks between South Korea, the US, and Japan.

Source: Arirang News

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