Tuesday, August 8, 2017

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: North Korea rejects talks with South in Asean forum

North Korea rejected offers of talks from the South during a rare exchange between the two nations' foreign ministers, according to reports, after the United Nations imposed new sanctions against the Korean Peninsula.

News of a brief encounter on the sidelines of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' meeting in Manila came as South Korean leader Moon Jae-in, in a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump, urged a "peaceful resolution" to the tensions.

Moon told Trump that the South "cannot let another war to break out" on the peninsula after the 1950-53 Korean War that sealed the division of the two Koreas, in a statement from the Blue House.

The South's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha shook hands with her North Korean counterpart Ri Yong-ho ahead of an ASEAN Regional Forum dinner on Sunday, according to reports.

Source: AFP

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