North Korean leader Kim Jong Un turns down visit to South Korea

North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un turned down an invitation by South Korean President Moon Jae-in to participate in regional summit next week in the southern city of Busan and has blamed the South for a deep freeze in inter-Korean relations. (AP)

North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un turned down an invitation by South Korean President Moon Jae-in to participate in regional summit next week in the southern city of Busan and has blamed the South for a deep freeze in inter-Korean relations.

Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency said Thursday there’s no reason for Kim to visit the South under a “murky” atmosphere and criticized Moon’s government for failing to uphold agreements reached between their leaders in three summits last year.

The North in recent months suspended virtually all cooperation with the South amid a standstill in larger nuclear negotiations with the United States, while demanding that Seoul defy US-led international sanctions and restart inter-Korean economic projects.

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