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Second Working-level Talks between North, South of Korea Held

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

Kaesong, July 10 (KCNA) -- The second working-level talks between authorities of the north and the south of Korea for normalizing the operation in the Kaesong Industrial Zone (KIZ) took place in the zone on Wednesday.

The north side advanced a practical and rational proposal for resuming the operation in KIZ to reap desired results at the talks on the basis of mutual understanding and confidence and in the spirit of the June 15 joint declaration. It also made sincere efforts to reach an agreement.

But the south side insisted on unreasonable assertions to shift the blame for the suspension of the operation in KIZ onto the north side, without any realistic proposal to resume the work in KIZ, and intentionally threw hurdles in the way of the talks.

The north side raised a draft agreement and showed positive stand but the south side deliberately avoided the discussion of the issue, repeating its trite assertions. The south side even delayed the schedule of the talks under the pretext of its own reasons.

In the long run, the talks ended with no fruit due to the insincere stand and attitude of the south side.

Both sides agreed to hold the third working-level talks in KIZ on July 15.

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