Thursday, February 6, 2014

N.Korea urges S.Korea to scrap drills with US

North Korea has threatened to cancel inter-Korean family reunions if South Korea pushes ahead with annual joint military drills with the United States.

North Korea's National Defense Commission made the suggestion in a statement via state-run television on Thursday.

The statement came one day after the 2 countries agreed to allow families separated by the Korean War to meet for 6 days starting on February 20th at the Mount Kumgang resort in North Korea.

The commission threatened that North Korea could backtrack from the agreement if South Korea continues its slander against the North's leader Kim Jong Un.

The North called on the South to suspend the military drills planned later this month, saying that it would be nonsense to hold family reunions while extremely dangerous nuclear war drills take place.

Inter-Korean reunions have not been held since November 2010. The 2 sides agreed to have family reunions last September, but Pyongyang postponed them at the last minute.

South Korea's Defense Ministry spokesperson Kim Min-seok told reporters on Thursday that the country will proceed with the annual drills normally, regardless of the reunions for separated families.

South Korea's Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae also said the agreement on the reunions should be implemented.