Last Friday, South Korea invited the North for the first time to take part in the Seoul Defense Dialogue (SDD) where 30 deputy defense ministers from across the region will discuss both local and global peace and security issues. Pyongyang said in a statement Sunday it will not go and called the talks politicized.
"It was very regrettable to refuse our dialogue offer by the speaker and our invitation to the Seoul Defense Dialogue," spokesman Jeong Joon-hee said at a briefing, as cited by Xinhua.
Jeong urged Pyongyang to accept Seoul’s repetitive calls for dialogue.
The three-day security conference kicks off on September 9. It will be attended by Russian, Japanese and US officials, among others.
Seoul and Pyongyang signed an armistice to stop hostilities in the 1950-1953 Korean War but have not negotiated or ratified a formal peace.