Tensions remain high on Korean Peninsula

2013-06-12 08:01:13 GMT2013-06-12 16:01:13(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

The DPRK’s earlier offer to hold talks with the South Korea came as a surprise. Now the cancellation of the planned talks underlines that mending ties between the two neigbors won’t be easy.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula intensified when the DPRK launched a rocket last December, and conducted its third nuclear test earlier this year.

Its actions drew international condemnation. After the UN strengthened its sanctions following the nuclear test, the country threatened nuclear war and missile strikes against Seoul and Washington.

The DPRK cut a military hotline with the South, and shut down the jointly run Kaesong industrial zone.

Then for a moment this week, it seemed the two sides were attempting to mend fences.

However, planned talks were cancelled because they couldn’t see eye to eye over the diplomatic importance of their chief delegates.

A DPRK scholar at Seoul’s Dongguk University said there is misunderstanding about the equivalent ranking in power between the two countries’ largely different political systems.

He believes relations may again undergo a cooling-off period before negotiations for talks can resume,

There was scepticism in Seoul about the talks even before they collapsed.

The conservative Korea JoongAng Daily said in an editorial that South Koreans cannot be overly hopeful about inter-Korean relations, which reached a new low not long ago.

It said the South Korea has experienced numerous setbacks during past talks with the DPRK.

(Source: CNTV.cn)

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