New South Korean leader
rejected North Korea's offer to hold talks before he took office
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak rejected a North Korean
offer to hold talks ahead of his recent inauguration, a news
report said Wednesday.
The North made the approach through South
Korea's spy agency in January after Lee won the December
elections, the leading Dong-a Ilbo newspaper reported, citing an
unnamed government official.
The message proposed that "responsible
officials" from the sides meet before Lee assumed office in
February, the paper said.