Seoul criticizes Pyongyang over canceled talks

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – South Korea says North Korea’s move to cancel a high-level meeting at the last-minute over regular allied military drills was “regrettable” and demanded the North’s quick return to talks.

Seoul’s Unification Ministry spokesman Baek Tae-hyun said Wednesday that the North’s decision goes against the spirit of last month’s inter-Korean summit, where the Koreas’ leaders issued a vague vow on the “complete denuclearization” on the Korean Peninsula and pledged permanent peace between the rivals.

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Baek didn’t provide a straightforward answer when asked whether Seoul sees the North’s move as potentially affecting the planned summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump over the North’s nuclear weapons program.