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S Korea calls DPRK's dismissal of invitation to nuclear summit "disappointing"

05-12-2011 16:36 BJT

SEOUL, May 12 (Xinhua) -- South Korea responded Thursday to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s dismissal of its offer to invite the DPRK leader to a nuclear summit, calling it "disappointing."

Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency said South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's recent proposal for an international summit involving his DPRK counterpart Kim Jong Il amounts to "a ridiculous attempt to disarm the DPRK."

Lee's proposal, made during his Berlin visit earlier this week, made it clear that the DPRK should first show commitment to nuclear disarmament before attending next year's global summit involving foreign leaders.

"Our position is consistent that it will be just talks for talks' sake if we sit down with North Korea (DPRK) without a change in the North's attitude (toward denuclearization)," foreign ministry spokesman Cho Byung-je told reporters in a briefing.

"If the North's official position is to reject our offer, then it is disappointing indeed," he added.

Slated to be held in Seoul next March as a follow-up meeting to the one hosted last year by the United States, the upcoming security summit is aimed at discussing nuclear non-proliferation and is expected to bring together some 50 leaders.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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