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North Korea rejects offer of talks from South Korean President Park

April 14, 2013 at 3:29 PM

SEOUL, April 14 (UPI) -- North Korea Sunday rejected an offer of peaceful dialogue from South Korean President Park Geun-hye, calling her offer a "cunning ploy."

Tension on the Korean peninsula has steadily risen during the last several weeks due to saber-rattling by Pyongyang and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Park's offer came after the North ordered work halted last week at a massive industrial complex in the North Korean city of Kaesong, the last instance of economic cooperation between the two Koreas.

A spokesman for the Kim regime called Park's offer "a cunning ploy to hide the South's policy of confrontation and mislead its responsibility for putting the Kaesong Industrial Complex into a crisis."

Yonhap News Agency said Park made the offer, which was intended to "activate the trust-building process."

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday in Seoul the United States supports Park's offer to begin a dialogue.

Kerry cautioned North Korea against launching a missile, saying it would be a "grave mistake."

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