The North postponed the inter-Korean high-level talks scheduled for
today(5.16) through a letter sent at around 00:30 A.M. under the
name of chief delegate Ri Son Gwon, criticizing the annual ROK-U.S.
joint air combat drill.
It is regrettable that the North unilaterally postponed the talks
due to the annual ROK-U.S. joint air combat drill, after it notified
the date of the high-level talks. Such action of the North is
inconsistent with the fundamental spirit and purpose of the
Panmunjeom Declaration agreed by the South and North leaders on
The ROKG has a firm will to faithfully carry out the Panmunjeom
Declaration, and urges the North to immediately respond to the
inter-Korean talks for peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula.
Inter-Korean talks must continue in order to discuss issues raised
by the North.
The ROKG will pursue necessary measures through close consultations
with relevant ministries to achieve sustainable development of
inter-Korean relations and permanent peace settlement through the
implementation of the Panmunjeom Declaration.