SEOUL, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's top inter-Korean policymaker urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday to give up its outdated attitude that boosts confrontation between the two Koreas.
"North Korea (DPRK) is repeating its old way of behavior by strengthening its condemnations of the comments made by our authorities' officials and news media reports," Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae said at an academic forum hosted by the Institute for National Security Strategy.
Pyongyang should recognize that this kind of attitude will not provide any help to improve inter-Korean relations, Ryoo said, urging the DPRK to change its confrontational attitude.
Ryoo, however, noted that Seoul will not be rattled by short- term fluctuations in the DPRK's attitude, saying South Korea will focus on setting up solid foundations for inter-Korean relations from a long-term perspective.
Touching on the DPRK's delay of family reunions, Ryoo said inter-Korean relations, which made progress after the reopening of the Kaesong industrial complex, stopped moving forward after the DPRK's unilateral delay of the reunion of families separated by the Korean War (1950-53).
Seoul and Pyongyang originally planned to hold the reunion event this week for separated families, who failed to meet their relatives for decades since the Korean War ended in a ceasefire, but the DPRK unilaterally announced its postponement until a normal atmosphere is created for dialogue between the two nations.
In regards to the DPRK's nuclear program, the minister said more changes should be made to advance into a new stage, adding that it was still difficult to believe the DPRK's sincerity toward its intent to dismantle its nuclear program.
Seoul and Washington have called on Pyongyang to keep its past promises to abolish its nuclear program before resuming the six- party talks, or the disarmament-for-aid negotiations between the two Koreas, China, Russia, the United States and Japan.