July 31, 2021

N. Korea criticizes S. Korea for failed talks

Pyongyang criticizes Seoul's 'trivial' cooperation ideas, rather than tourism zones North prefers

North Korea in a Tuesday statement strongly criticized South Korea for the breakdown of talks over the weekend.

The statement from the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) blamed Seoul’s position on the Mount Kumgang project, mentioning “Kumgang” 13 times in the text. It also blamed Seoul for proposing "trivial" issues such as a “model farm” and sending forestry experts to examine the trees at Kumgang for disease and damage from insects.