Pusan, July 13 (KCNA correspondent) — The south side rendered the 19th north-south ministerial talks fruitless by toeing the U.S. hostile policy towards the DPRK in contravention of the spirit of the June 15 joint declaration despite the north side’s sincerity and good faith. In this connection the delegation of the north side to the talks Thursday took the initiative of proposing the close of the talks and issued a statement clarifying its stand.
The statement said:
At the talks the north side made every sincere effort to make the talks fruitful on the basis of mutual understanding and confidence, guided by the idea of “By our nation itself” clarified in the June 15 joint declaration.
The south side, however, deliberately threw difficulties in the way of the talks, echoing what others claim quite contrary to the interests of the nation at the talks between compatriots.
The south side raised only issues irrelevant to the talks contrary to the original mission of the talks, failing to propose any issue pending an urgent solution for the development of the north-south relations.
The south side went the lengths of refusing to discuss the proposal for developing the cooperation between the north and the south and reunion between separated families and relatives on a higher stage advanced by the north side from its compatriotic and humanitarian stand.
But the north side’s delegation exercised patience and showed magnanimity towards the delegation of the south side, repeatedly urging it to quickly rectify its wrong stand and return to its original approach toward the talks.
The south side obstinately avoided the discussion on the basic issues under absurd pretexts and with poor excuses, though it claimed it understood the north side’s intention and good will.
There is a limit to the power and patience of the north side to persuade the other party refusing to respond to its sincerity and good faith.
The delegation of the north side is, therefore, of the view that it has no option but to go back irrespective of its itinerary.
The responsibility for this entirely rests with the south side.
The north side never likes an empty talk but will keep to the path chosen by it.
The south side will have to pay a due price before the nation for having made the hard-won talks fruitless and brought unpredictably catastrophic consequences to the inter-Korean relations.
The north side will strictly take the south side to task for having rendered the talks fruitless with its hostile and unreasonable attitude towards compatriots in breach of the idea of the joint declaration.
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