Kim Jong-un rejects invitation to S Korea summit, says KCNA Nov 22, 2019 0 605 12345 AFPSeoulNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-un has rejected an invitation by South Korean President Moon Jae-in to a regional summit next week, Pyongyang’s state media said on Thursday, in a stark illustration of the dire relations between the neighbours.South Korea is due to host a summit with Southeast Asian leaders in its port city of Busan from next Monday, and Moon had previously expressed hope that Kim would attend.Kim received a personal letter from Moon on November 5, North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said, but dismissed the prospect of the leader attending the summit.In a commentary, it accused the South of failing to carry out agreements reached between the two Koreas and harming cross-border ties by relying on the United States.“How can we sit face to face and solve things with such a partner entrusting everything to the outsider without any independence and self-standing attitude,” the agency said.Given the failure of past summits, a North-South meeting for “mere form’s sake would be pointless”, it added.KCNA said Seoul had asked Pyongyang to send a special envoy if Kim could not attend.Moon, who has long championed engagement with nuclear-armed Pyongyang, held three meetings with the North Korean leader last year and brokered the first landmark summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump.But contact between the two Koreas stalled after the collapse of a second Trump-Kim summit in February.Since then, Pyongyang has excoriated its neighbour over joint military drills with the United States and has suspended virtually all inter-Korean cooperation in recent months. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Indonesian kids given pets to wean them off smartphones Nov 22, 2019 0 1389 POPE MEETS THAI BUDDHIST PATRIARCH ON VISIT PROMOTING HARMONY Nov 22, 2019 0 186 China vows to ‘fight back’ after US Congress backs HK pro-democracy stir Nov 22, 2019 0 799 Hong Kong university siege nears end as protesters leave campus Beijing: Less than one hundred anti-government protesters remained at Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University on Thursday morning after several days of clashes with police, according to local media. The group is all that .. Nepal’s PM appoints nine ministers in cabinet reshuffle Kathmandu: Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli appointed nine new ministers on Thursday in the first cabinet reshuffle since he took office 22 months ago. President Bidhya Devi Bhandari administered the oath of .. Charges dropped against immune Sri Lanka’s new President G Rajapaksa AFP Colombo Corruption charges against Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa were dropped on Thursday by a court, which handed his passport back as he acquired immunity from prosecution after being elected last .. President’s brother Mahinda sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new prime minister Colombo: Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as prime minister of Sri Lanka on Thursday following his brother’s victory in the presidential election The 74-year-old Rajapaksa was sworn in before .. US confirms freed Taliban hostages on German soil AFP Frankfurt am Main Two Western hostages held for three years by the Taliban in Afghanistan landed in Germany on Thursday after a prisoner exchange two days earlier, a US diplomat confirmed. American Kevin King and .. Indian couple go on trial in Germany for spying on Sikhs Berlin: An Indian couple accused of spying on Sikh and Kashmiri communities in Germany went on trial on Thursday on charges that carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. The suspects were charged in March and have been ..