Never Mind: North-South Korea Talks Scrapped

Countries can't agree on who would lead delegations
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2013 7:43 AM CDT
Never Mind: North-South Korea Talks Scrapped
South Korea's Unification Policy Officer Chun Hae-sung, left, talks with the head of North Korea's delegation Kim Song Hye, right, during their meeting Sunday, June 9, 2013.   (AP Photo/South Korean Unification Ministry)

(Newser) – Well, that was fun while it lasted. South Korea and North Korea scrapped their long-awaited talks today, a day before they were slated to begin. Why, you ask? Because the two countries couldn't agree on who would lead their respective delegations, the AP reports. Seoul wanted each country's top official for inter-Korean affairs to meet; Pyongyang wouldn't sign off on that plan, and ultimately balked at sending any of its officials because of the disagreement, a spokesperson for South Korea's Unification Ministry says. (Read more North Korea stories.)

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