Kim Urges Korean Reconciliation as North-South Talks Loom

from TeleSUR

“It is not worth stirring up the past and recalling the specifics of relations with Seoul … North and South must be improved,” Pyongyang said.

In merely a week, the governments of North Korea (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) and South Korea (the Republic of Korea) have made unexpectedly rapid progress toward re-establishing diplomatic contact. The question of whether the talks will lead to a breakthrough will face a crucial test Tuesday when the divided Koreas hold talks at the truce village of Panmunjom, located on the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two governments’ regions of control.

According to the DPRK’s official Korea Central News Agency, leader Kim Jong Un has stated his firm commitment to the reunification of North and South, expressing the need for conditions to be created that would allow for normalized relations between capitals that haven’t spoken directly to one another in over two years.

“The head of the nation clearly stated that our country needs to stick to the policy, which will lead to the breakthrough of the all-sufficient unification,” KCNA said, according to Russian news agency TASS. “It is not worth stirring up the past and recalling the specifics of relations with Seoul. Instead of this, relations between the North and South must be improved.”

“It is not only about the normalization of the inter-Korean relations, but about the reconciliation of the nation and its free-will unification,” the agency added.

The warm message comes after Seoul offered to send a luxury cruise ship to the North for the purpose of ferrying athletes and providing accommodation for a DPRK delegation to the Winter Olympics that will be held February in Pyeongchang…

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