by Huang Yinjiazi
BEIJING, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), vowed on Wednesday in his New Year address to "create atmosphere to ameliorate the relations between the DPRK and South Korea."
It is another comforting and encouraging sign for the world at the beginning of a new year when peaceful trend is prevailing in other major thorny international issues like Iran and Syria.
What is important now is for sincere actions from all parties concerned to follow up to achieve true rapprochement on the Korean Peninsula.
Tensions have been mounting for years on the Korean Peninsula, where DPRK and South Korea are still in a state of war as an armistice agreement, not a peace treaty, ended the 1950-53 Korean War.
Washington and Seoul have staged several war games around the Korean Peninsula with a series of shows of force.
Pyongyang, suffering a strong sense of insecurity, went as far as test-firing a long-range rocket and conducting its third nuclear test defying UN resolutions, which in turn incurred several fresh sanctions.
History has proven that provocation and miscalculation between countries could trigger a real disaster in such delicate situations. Dialogue is the only viable way to address the root cause of crisis and defuse tensions.
Under such circumstances, all parties concerned should create and seize opportunities to work for an early resumption of the six-party talks aimed at denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the most viable mechanism to achieve Korean peace.
For Pyongyang's part, it should live up to international obligations and promises, and devise both domestic and foreign policies with a global and overall vision while the United States and South Korea refrain from flexing their military muscle that could further corner DPRK and dim the chances of detente.
With the advent of the new year, it also has come to a moment for all relevant parties to work to expel the specter of confrontation and keep the trend of reconciliation stay.
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