Thursday, February 10, 2011

North Korea walks out, no agreement made on military talks

Two months after the attack on North Korea's Yeonpyeong Island, the "high-level" military talks between the two countries collapsed on Wednesday after the negotiators failed to agree what to discuss during the preparatory meetings in Panmunjorn border, the CNN reported.
The Pyongyang delegation walked out after the second round of talks commenced. Seoul said the move was "unilateral."
The two sides did not meet on many things. For instance, the North demanded a comprehensive agenda on military actions. The South, on the other hand, insisted on restricting the discussion on the shelling of the Yeonpyeong Island and sinking of the Cheonan warship.
On Tuesday, the South demanded an apology from the North for the sinking of a warship in March killing 46 sailors, and military provocations last year, which the North denied.
Seoul wanted the discussions to center on the warship and island attack. Pyongyang stressed that limiting the meeting to those issues is "the equivalent of refusing to hold higher-level military talks."
The attached YouTube video tells more what transpired during the failed talks.
Author’s note: Both Koreas are not prepared to negotiate to start with. It is a waste of time and money having to meet but not ready to agree.
Details of this story here.

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