North Korea: No More Talks. Ever.

Pyongyang cites South's 'sinister intentions,' probably bluffing
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2011 8:11 AM CST
North Korea: No More Talks. Ever.
South Korean protesters stage a rally against South Korean government's policies on North Korea as army soldiers walk by in front of the Defense Ministry in Seoul, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

South Korea probably thought it reasonable to expect Pyongyang to say it was sorry for shelling its island and sinking its warship, but the North just stomped out of low-level military talks yesterday in response, and today says it won't be back. By making "unreasonable" demands, the North says its neighbor to the south revealed its "sinister intention" to use talks "as another theater of inter-Korean confrontation."

And furthermore, "The army and people of (North Korea) do not feel any need to deal with the group of traitors any longer now that they do not wish to see the North-South relations improved but totally reject the dialogue itself." So there. Analysts, it should be noted, think the North is bluffing in an attempt to get the South to come to the table on its conditions. (More North Korea stories.)

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