|The North Koreans at the closing ceremony for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (Photo by=Edgar Su/Reuters)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] A high-level official announced on Wednesday that the unification ministry promised efforts to resume inter-Korean talks despite North Korea's decision not to participate in the Tokyo Olympics.
On Tuesday, North Korea said it will not take part in the upcoming Tokyo Summer Olympics to protect its athletes from the coronavirus pandemic, dashing South Korea's hopes to use the games to kick-start the stalled peace process with Pyongyang.
"There is still time left until July. We will continue efforts to revive inter-Korean relations through various opportunities while keeping an eye on the situation," the ministry official told reporters on condition of anonymity. This marks the first Summer Olympics that the North will skip since the 1988 Seoul Olympics.