13 Jun 2013

North Korea blames South for collapse of planned talks

9:56 pm on 13 June 2013

North Korea has blamed South Korea for the collapse of planned talks between the two countries.

An official statement from the Communist North says its neighbour never intended the talks to occur and sought obstacles to abort the dialogue.

The BBC reports the two Koreas had initially agreed to hold talks in Seoul on Wednesday but North Korea pulled out because of disagreements over the appropriate seniority of the delegates.

The talks would have followed months of tension in the region, after the North's third nuclear test in February.