North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday expressed a desire to restore passive communication with South Korea, days after Seoul called on Pyongyang to do so.
His remarks came just days after North Korea fired a newly-developed hypersonic missile from its east coast toward the Sea of Japan, marking its third weapons test in just two weeks.
Diplomats said the UN Security Council will meet behind closed doors on Thursday over the country’s latest test in seclusion, following requests from the United States, Britain and France.
State mouthpiece KCNA reported on Thursday that Kim said he was ready to restart the cross-border hotline, which has been stalled for more than a year. He made the remarks in North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament on the second day of discussion.
North Korea cut the hotline in early August, weeks after both Koreas restored the hotline on July 27. North Korea’s gesture was clearly in retaliation for a joint South Korea-US military exercise that began on August 10.
South Korea’s unification ministry, responsible for inter-Korean affairs, urged North Korea on 26 September to use passive communications as a starting point for resuming talks on ending the 1950–53 Korean War. Restore the channels, which had stopped in a ceasefire instead of peace. Treaty
On Thursday, the South Korean ministry welcomed Kim’s remarks on cross-border communications and said it would prepare for the resumption of the hotline, which it said needed to discuss several pending issues. It added that “stable operation” of the channels is expected.
North Korea previously broke communications after a failed peace summit in June 2020, after it blew up an inter-Korean liaison office building inside its border that was designed to improve communications.
The ministry did not comment on Kim’s other comments on Thursday, in which he criticized South Korea for its ties with the United States. According to a translation via the Associated Press, Kim accused Seoul of being “bent on begging for outside support and cooperation while the United States struggles for international co-operation in slavery”.
Kim also accused the United States of not changing its “hostile policy” towards North Korea and continuing its military activities while he talks aimed at ending Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs in exchange for US sanctions relief. was demanding.
“The US is engaged in ‘diplomatic engagement’ and ‘negotiating without preconditions,’ but this is nothing more than a small ploy to deceive the international community and hide its hostile acts,” Kim said. Accused the Biden administration of “acting in a more cunning manner.” Methods,” according to a translation via Reuters.
US State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter said on September 28: “We remain committed to a diplomatic approach. [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea], and we also call upon the DPRK to engage in dialogue.”
South Korean President Moon Jae-in addressed the United Nations General Assembly on 21 September calling for a formal end to the Korean War and proposed that the two Koreas make a symbolic peace declaration. But North Korea’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ri Thae Song said the call was premature because there is no guarantee that the United States will withdraw its “hostile policy”.
Ahead of North Korea’s latest hypersonic missile launch on 28 September, it conducted two other tests. On September 11 and 12, it tested a new long-range cruise missile capable of hitting targets approximately 932 miles (1,500 km) away, keeping Japanese and US military installations within striking range. Just a few days later, Pyongyang fired two ballistic missiles from a train, hitting an intended target 497 miles (800 km) away.
Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times