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World North Korea says inter-Korean summit possible with ‘respect’

09:10  26 september  2021
09:10  26 september  2021 Source:   aljazeera.com

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North Korea carried out two missile firings this month alone, one involving a long-range cruise missile and the other short-range ballistic missiles. Communications between the North and South have largely been cut in the aftermath of a second US- North summit in Hanoi that collapsed in February 2019 as “I felt that the atmosphere of the South Korean public desiring to recover the inter - Korean relations from a deadlock and achieve peaceful stability as soon as possible is irresistibly strong,” she said . “We, too, have the same desire.” North Korea ’s offer to engage in talks with South Korea comes after

North Korea is willing to consider another inter - Korean summit if mutual respect between the rivals can be assured, state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday, citing Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "I felt that the atmosphere of the South Korean public desiring to recover the inter - Korean relations from a deadlock and achieve peaceful stability as soon as possible is irresistibly strong," she said . "We, too, have the same desire." Expectations were raised that a declaration on ending the war, even if not an actual treaty, would be made during a historic summit

The sister of North Korea’s leader has said Pyongyang is willing to consider another inter-Korean summit if mutual “respect” and “impartiality” between the two countries can be guaranteed.

In this April 27, 2018, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, poses with South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a photo inside the Peace House at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone, South Korea [File: Korea Summit Press Pool via AP] © Provided by Al Jazeera In this April 27, 2018, file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, poses with South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a photo inside the Peace House at the border village of Panmunjom in Demilitarized Zone, South Korea [File: Korea Summit Press Pool via AP]

The statement on Saturday was Kim Yo Jong’s second in two days.

She had urged Seoul on Friday to end its “hostile policies” towards Pyongyang after South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in called for declaring an official end to the state of war with the North.

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SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea could consider participating in an inter - Korean summit if mutual respect can be assured, state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday, citing Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

SEOUL (AFP) - The influential sister of North Korea 's leader said in a statement on Saturday (Sept 25) that an inter - Korean summit could take place, but only if mutual " respect " and "impartiality" are guaranteed. It was the second statement in two days by Mr Kim Jong Un's sister and key adviser Kim Yo Jong. She had on Friday urged Seoul to end its "hostile policies" towards Pyongyang after South Korea 's President called for declaring an official end to the state of war with the North .

The 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice not a peace treaty, leaving United States-led forces technically still at war with North Korea.

Pyongyang for decades has sought an end to the war but the United States has been reluctant to agree unless North Korea gives up its nuclear weapons.

“I think that only when impartiality and the attitude of respecting each other are maintained, can there be smooth understanding between the north and the south,” Kim Yo Jong was quoted as saying by the state news agency KCNA.

She also said a summit, as well as discussions on a declaration to end the war, could be held “at an early date through constructive discussions”.

She went on to reiterate Friday’s call for the South to drop its “unequal double-standards”, in an apparent reference to Moon’s criticism of the North’s recent missile launches.

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An inter - Korean summit between her brother and Moon Jae-in from the South can only be held “when impartiality and the attitude of respect for each other” are guaranteed, Kim said in a statement from Pyongyang’s official KCNA news agency. North Korea has fired two missiles this month alone, one with a long-range cruise missile and the other with short-range ballistic missiles. North -South communications have largely broken down in the wake of a second US- North summit in Hanoi that collapsed in February 2019 when then-President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un could not agree on

Analysts say North Korea is using Moon’s desire for inter - Korean engagement to pressure Seoul to persuade the Biden administration to ease crippling US-led sanctions over the North ‘s nuclear weapons program or suspend combined US-South Korean military exercises. An inter - Korean summit between Kim Jong-un and Moon could be held “only when impartiality and the attitude of respecting each other” are guaranteed, Kim Yo-jong said in a statement carried by Pyongyang’s official KCNA news agency. She also said a summit , as well as discussions on a declaration to end the war, could be held “at an

Last week, the South successfully test-fired successful a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), making it one of a handful of nations with the advanced technology.

North Korea carried out two missile firings this month alone, one involving a long-range cruise missile and the other short-range ballistic missiles.

Communications between the North and South have largely been cut in the aftermath of a second US-North summit in Hanoi that collapsed in February 2019 as then-US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could not agree on the terms of an agreement.

Kim Yo Jong, who is a powerful confidant of her brother, said she noted with interest the intense discussion in the South over the renewed prospect of a formal declaration of the end of the Korean War.

“I felt that the atmosphere of the South Korean public desiring to recover the inter-Korean relations from a deadlock and achieve peaceful stability as soon as possible is irresistibly strong,” she said.

“We, too, have the same desire.”

North Korea’s offer to engage in talks with South Korea comes after it rejected several overtures for dialogue by the US.

Joe Biden, the president of the US, said in his UN address last week that he wanted “sustained diplomacy” to resolve the crisis surrounding North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes.

The head of the UN atomic watchdog meanwhile said last week that North Korea’s nuclear programme was going “full steam ahead”.

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