SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea has rejected South Korea's offer to host leader Kim Jong Il at an international nuclear summit in Seoul next year.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak made the proposal Monday in Berlin. He conditioned the offer on North Korea stopping its nuclear weapons program.
Pyongyang's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said Wednesday the proposal is a "ridiculous" attempt to disarm the North by raising disarmament as a condition for dialogue.
An unidentified committee spokesman warned in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency that the North will never forgive those hurting the country's dignity.
In its response on Thursday, South Korea's Foreign Ministry called the North's rejection "really disappointing."