NKorea threatens to scrap family reunion with South

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SEOUL: North Korea has threatened to cancel a reunion for families separated by the Korean War, after “reckless” remarks by South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program and human rights record. Addressing the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday, Park said the North’s pursuit of a nuclear deterrent constituted a global threat and she urged the international community to join in pushing Pyongyang down a different path. She also called on Pyongyang to improve its human rights record in the wake of a report by a UN Commission of Inquiry, which concluded that North Korea was committing rights violations “without parallel in the contemporary world.” A statement issued late Tuesday by a spokesman from the North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) said Park’s comments were “utterly bereft of reason” and proved she was “hell-bent” on confrontation.

AFP

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