NKorea puts responsibility for failure of military talks on

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Pyongyang, Feb 11 (Itar-Tass) North Korea putresponsibility on South Korea for a failure of workingmilitary talks in the border point of Phanmunjom in thedemilitarised zone, says a statement by a delegation ofthe Korean People''s Army.

The statement, circulated by the KCNA news agency, notesthat "Seoul again confirmed commitment to the confrontationpolicy with the North", linking North Korea with the sinkingof the South Korean corvette Chonon and the artilleryengagement in the area of Yeonpyeong Island last year.

Therefore, the statement runs, the North Korean army andpeople "do not intend any more to maintain a dialogue with agroup of traitors who don''t want improvement of relationsbetween the North and the South".

The delegation believes that the South Korean regime"torpedoes with such actions a resumption of the six-partytalks on denuclearising the Korean Peninsula and all attemptsto establish talks between the countries, situated around it".

On January 20, North Korea suggested Seoul organising aworking meeting of military representatives as well as talksof the defence ministers of the two countries "to resolve ripeproblems in the military sphere".

As a result, the sides agreed to start preliminary talkson defusing military tension in the Korean Peninsula whichended, however, in a flop. (Itar-Tass)

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