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Seoul: Baik Tae-hyun, the unification ministry spokesman, delivers a statement in Seoul on May 16, 2018, on North Korea suspending high-level dialogue that had been scheduled for the same day. The two Koreas were set to hold their first senior-level talks to follow up on their April 27 summit, but Pyongyang abruptly called it off, accusing South Korea and the United States of rehearsing for war against it by conducting their joint military drill Max Thunder. Baik said the North's decision does not conform with the summit agreements and called on Pyongyang to come to the talks(Yonhap/IANS) by .
Baik Tae-hyun, the unification ministry spokesman, delivers a statement in Seoul on May 16, 2018, on North Korea suspending high-level dialogue that had been scheduled for the same day. (Yonhap/IANS)

South Korea on Thursday urged North Korea to fulfil the agreements reached during the inter-Korean summit and to resume talks a day after Pyongyang cancelled a high-level meeting with Seoul and said it was reconsidering its participation in the upcoming summit with the US….reports Asian Lite News

Seoul: Baik Tae-hyun, the unification ministry spokesman, delivers a statement in Seoul on May 16, 2018, on North Korea suspending high-level dialogue that had been scheduled for the same day. The two Koreas were set to hold their first senior-level talks to follow up on their April 27 summit, but Pyongyang abruptly called it off, accusing South Korea and the United States of rehearsing for war against it by conducting their joint military drill Max Thunder. Baik said the North's decision does not conform with the summit agreements and called on Pyongyang to come to the talks(Yonhap/IANS) by .
Baik Tae-hyun, the unification ministry spokesman

The message was issued by the standing committee of South Korea’s National Security Council (NSC) after North Korea cancelled Wednesday’s talks for implementing the Panmunjom Declaration signed on April 27 between its leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

“While reaffirming their stance that the declaration… must be carried out without any disruption, the members agreed to continue consulting with the North side to hold the high-level talks at an early date,” the committee said in a statement.

In the declaration, the two Koreas had agreed to work for establishing peace and denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

The council, headed by top security advisor Chung Eui-yong, also backed the summit between Kim and the US President Donald Trump, on June 12 in Singapore, although Pyongyang’s statements on Wednesday raised doubts about its future.

Seoul: A U-2 ultra-high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force returns to U.S. Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, on May 16, 2018, as South Korea and the United States conduct the Max Thunder joint military exercise. The two Koreas were scheduled to hold their first high-level talks at the truce village of Panmunjom on the same day to follow up on their April 27 summit, but the North abruptly suspended the meeting just hours after proposing it, accusing South Korea and the U.S. of rehearsing for war against the North through the ongoing joint air exercise.(Yonhap/IANS) by .
A U-2 ultra-high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force returns to U.S. Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, on May 16, 2018, as South Korea and the United States conduct the Max Thunder joint military exercise. (Yonhap/IANS)

The NSC said it would boost cooperation between Seoul, Washington and Pyongyang to make the summit a success “under the spirit of mutual respect”.

North Korea had announced that it was reconsidering its participation in the summit, alleging that the US wanted to pressurize it to accept a complete unilateral nuclear disarmament, a condition which it termed unacceptable.