SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — There's an apparent setback today after weeks of improving ties between north and South Korea that followed springtime threats of war.
North Korea has indefinitely postponed reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War scheduled to start Wednesday, saying the six days of reunions, which last happened three years ago, could not be held because of South Korean conservatives' "reckless and vicious confrontation racket."
It's a claim Pyongyang routinely makes.
The development, which an analyst called a North Korean attempt to gain an advantage in negotiations with Seoul, is a twist in what had been gradually easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
Pyongyang had been tempering its threats and pursuing talks meant to restart various inter-Korean cooperation projects. The biggest highlight is the recent return of North and South Koreans to a jointly run factory park.