SEOUL, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to give up its nuclear weapons program.
"North Korea (DPRK) is still adhering to the nuclear weapons development despite oppositions from international communities in unison," President Park said in her opening address for the plenary session of National Unification Advisory Council (NUAC), a state body that gives advice on DPRK policies to President Park.
Unless the DPRK dismantles its nuclear program, national unification and peace would go farther away from the Korean Peninsula, Park said, stressing that the DPRK should "put down nuclear weapons from its hands" immediately.
Park's comments came amid easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula after the two Koreas agreed to reopen the jointly operated factory park in the DPRK's border town of Kaesong and hold reunion of families separated by the Korean War (1950-53) in late September.
Park said that the family reunion and the Kaesong industrial complex's normalization can be achieved because foundations have been accumulated for building trust between Seoul and Pyongyang with patience.
The country's chief executive noted that if denuclearization in the DPRK makes a clear progress, higher level of cooperation between the two countries can kick off.
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SEOUL, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- South Korea offered on Tuesday to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to hold working- level dialogue on resuming tours to Mount Kumgang on Oct. 2, a week later than the date Seoul suggested earlier.
South Korea sent a notice via communication lines in the truce village of Panmunjom at around 2:10 p.m. local time to hold working-level talks on restarting the Mount Kumgang tour on the cited date at the scenic mountain resort in the DPRK's east coast, an official at Seoul's Unification Ministry said by phone. Full story
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PYONGYANG, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) accused South Korea on Tuesday of promoting a "law on human rights in the DPRK," describing the act as chilling the atmosphere of inter-Korean dialogue.
"These moves cannot be construed otherwise than reckless acts of chilling the hard-won atmosphere of dialogue between the two as they are a revelation of extreme confrontation with fellow countrymen," the official KCNA news agency said in a commentary. Full story