SEOUL, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- North Korea did not show up for high-level talks with South Korea Tuesday on the issue of refugees, the BBC reported.
The planned four-day talks in Seoul were to have been the highest-level exchange between the two countries.
Although it issued no official reason for avoiding the talks, North Korea is known to be angry with the South for granting sanctuary to 450 refugees who escaped last week via China and Vietnam.
Tuesday, North Korea's Foreign Ministry said Seoul, coached by the United States, "took away hundreds of Northerners, mainly women and children, to South Korea in groups after luring them to Vietnam."
The North is also angry the South refused to let its citizens fly to the North last month to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Kim Il-sung, the country's founder.
A South Korean government statement on the aborted talks said the North Korean decision not attend was "regrettable."