Tuesday, May 31, 2011

So Much For Talking. North Korea Threatens To Cut Hotline To The South

North Korea has said it will never deal with the current South Korean government (AFP/File, Jung Yeon-Je)

North Korea Threatens to Close Hotline With South -- New York Times

SEOUL — With relations between North and South Korea still tense and limited, the North threatened Monday to abandon a military hot line with the South and close a jointly operated office where officials from both Koreas interact.

The North also said it would never again deal with President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea, calling him a “traitor,” although the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, said only last month that he was willing to participate in a summit meeting with Mr. Lee.

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More News On The Tensions Between North And South Korea

NKorea threatens to cut off hotline with SKorea -- Stars and Stripes/AP
Kim Jong-il Severs Communication with S.Korea -- Chosun Ilbo
North Korea pledges not to talk with South -- Korea Times
N. Korea won't deal with S. Korea govt: statement -- AFP
South Korea regrets the North cutting ties -- CNN

My Comment: While this severing of ties is a disappointment .... it should not be a surprised. What is a surprise is a secret visit by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to South Korea .... not surprising .... no one wants to talk about it.

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