14 October, 2009

S Korea seeks talks with North on deadly floods

South Korea proposed holding talk yesterday with the North on preventing flooding from a river lowing across their border that killed six South Koreas last month when the communist state released a surge of water without warning.

The proposal is part of a series of working-level contacts between the rivals, whose ties have remain chilled since President Lee Myung-back come to office in the South last year and ended a decade of free-flowing aid for its impoverished neighbor. The six were in the middle of the night in early September while camping on the banks of the Imjin River...

North Korea said it had no choice but to open flood gates at its dams because of rising water levels. South Korea has rejected that explanation of dangerous water level rises.

South Korea for years has worried about dams the North has built along river flowing across the border, fearing its communist neighbor could use flood water as a weapon. (Sited from Cambodia Daily)


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