Roh rules out summit with N.Korea

Jan. 25, 2007 at 6:42 AM
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SEOUL, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun Thursday ruled out any summit with North Korea before a resolution of the North's nuclear standoff.

"An inter-Korean summit will be difficult for the time being," President Roh Moo-Hyun told a New Year news conference.

"Only after the conclusion of the six-party talks (on the North's nuclear issue) would inter-Korean issues be fully tackled." said Roh, who has 12 months left in office.

His comment comes amid growing speculation that the ruling camp was pushing for an inter-Korean summit to influence South Korea's presidential election later this year. A possible inter-Korean summit can boost the popularity of the ruling party which has sought reconciliation with the North, according to polling agencies.

North and South Korea held their first-ever summit talks in 2000 which produced landmark agreements on cross-border cooperation and exchanges. But the cross-border reconciliatory mood has been overshadowed by the North's missile and nuclear tests last year.

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