Seoul: North Korea on Thursday blamed South Korean arrogance and deceit for the collapse of planned talks between the two rivals and warned that prospects for any future dialogue had been severely damaged.

The two Koreas had initially agreed to hold their first high-level talks in six years in Seoul on Wednesday and Thursday this week, but they were called off at the last minute following a dispute over protocol.

"The South side had no intent to hold dialogue from the beginning. It only sought to create an obstacle to the talks, delay and then torpedo them," said a spokesman for the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea -- the state body that handles inter-Korean issues.


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