No Inter-Korean ministerial meeting held as scheduled

Xinhuanet 2003-04-03 17:54:21

SEOUL, April 3 (Xinhuanet) -- An inter-Korean ministerial talks can not be held according to schedule as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has not replied to a South Korean proposal on the issue Thursday.

According to the South Korean Unification Ministry, it has not received any responses from DPRK about the details of the talks slated on April 7-10 in Pyongyang.

If held, the Tenth Inter-Korean Ministerial Meeting would be the first top-level meeting of the two sides since South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun took office on Feb. 25. The latest talks was held in Seoul from Jan. 21 to Jan. 24.

The DPRK decided on March 22 to postpone the two inter-Korean meetings on economic and marine issues, citing Seoul had heightened military alert due to the Iraqi war and censuring the joint South Korean-US military drills in the Korean Peninsula.