North Korea denies it apologised over mine blast

2015-09-02 13:40

(Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Seoul - North Korea on Tuesday denied Seoul's claim that Pyongyang's recent expression of "regret" after a marathon negotiating session is an apology for a mine explosion that maimed two South Korean soldiers.

The statement by Pyongyang's powerful National Defence Commission, the first explicit denial of the key part of an accord heralded by the South as a mini-breakthrough for the bitter rivals, muddies the prospects for better ties between the Koreas and further belies Seoul's claim that it successfully pushed the North in the talks last week to take responsibility for the blast.

Seoul must stop saying the North apologised or face unspecified consequences, the North said.

North Korea's vague expression of "regret" after three days of talks last week over the South Korean soldiers' injuries, not over laying the mines, allowed the two Koreas to back away from threats of war. Seoul responded by turning off cross-border loudspeaker broadcasts critical of the North's political system.

North Korea in its statement on Tuesday also criticised South Korea's recent live-fire drills with the US.

Read more on:    south korea  |  north korea

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.