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Koreas fail to agree on joint statement after aid row

North and South Korea fail to agree on a joint statement on the last day of their ministerial talks following a row over rice aid.

world Updated: Jun 01, 2007 17:17 IST
AFP

North and South Korea failed on Friday to agree on a joint statement on the last day of their ministerial talks following a row over rice aid, South Korean officials said.

"There won't be any more contact (to try to negotiate a statement)," said Kim Nam-Sik, the spokesman for the South's Unification Ministry.

North Korea had protested strongly at the South's decision to link the promised rice aid to progress in scrapping its nuclear programme.

First Published: Jun 01, 2007 13:34 IST