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High-level officials from the two Koreas are meeting on Monday at the border village of Panmunjom to follow up on the promise made by their two leaders in April.
But just a day before the talks,... North Korea seemed to point the finger at the South for what it sees as lackluster progress on their joint projects.
Seo Bo-bin has this report.
A day before the two Koreas were set to hold their fourth round of high-level talks this year,... North Korea appeared to try and play the blame game.
The regime's external propaganda website, Uriminzokkiri , said South Korea is "blindly obeying" the American-led sanctions, which it said is a major reason progress has slowed in the implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration signed by the South and North Korean leaders back in April.
It also called on South Korea to work harder to improve inter-Korean relations.
The propaganda site also blamed Seoul for its efforts to stay close to its ally,... the U.S., in asking for exemptions to the sanctions for a slew of inter-Korean projects,... like restoring the military hotline along the West Sea and transporting the materials needed to open the joint-liason office in the North.
It's a hint... that in Monday's talks... North Korean officials are likely to press their counterparts from Seoul to speed up progress on multiple joint economic projects.
Officials from the two sides are expected to discuss ongoing economic projects and settle on some details for the inter-Korean summit they agreed to hold this fall.
As of now,... Seoul is sending four delegates to Monday's talks at Panmunjom... led by Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon. The other South Korean delegates include Chun Hae-sung, the Vice Unification Minister, and Nam Gwan-pyo, a senior director from the Presidential National Security Office of Cheong Wa Dae.
Pyongyang will have a five-member delegation, led by Ri Son-gwon, the chairman of the regime's Reunification Committee. The others include the vice minister for railroads, Kim Yun-hyok and Park Ho-yong, the Vice Minister of Land and Environmental Protection.
SEO Bo-bin, Arirang News.