SEOUL, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), talked about his willingness to enhance ties with South Korea in his New Year's address, but Seoul's Unification Ministry took a cautious stance on the remarks due to Pyongyang's continued threat.
The Unification Ministry said in a press release that Kim mentioned the creation of atmosphere to improve inter-Korean relations while continuing denunciation against South Korea, noting that it will be necessary to closely watch whether Pyongyang's attitude change would happen going forward.
Kim said in a televised New Year address on Wednesday that the DPRK will "create atmosphere to ameliorate the relations between the DPRK and South Korea," urging the end of slandering each other.
The DPRK leader, however, warned that a massive nuclear disaster would be brought if an all-out war broke out on the Korean Peninsula, vowing to "smash any provocation" to guard the country's dignity.
Meanwhile, the ministry assessed that Kim's address appeared to place its policy emphasis on economic growth in 2014, noting that agriculture would be the focus in the DPRK's economic policy to improve livelihood of people.
The DPRK seems to focus on the construction sector as well this year, the ministry said, noting that no specific remarks on its nuclear weapons program were found in his New Year address.
DPRK leader vows to improve relations with S. Korea, strengthen military against provocation
PYONGYANG, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), vowed on Wednesday to improve inter-Korean relations and strengthen military forces against any provocations.
The DPRK will "create atmosphere to ameliorate the relations between the DPRK and South Korea" by following previous inter-Korean joint declarations, he said in a televised New Year address. Full story
S.Korea to focus on economic recovery, national security in 2014
SEOUL, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Tuesday that the government will focus on economic recovery and national security in the new year of 2014. "My administration will channel the national capabilities into reinforcing the hard-won gains of economic recovery, to invigorate the economy and stabilize the day-to-day lives of the people," Park said in her New Year's message.
Park pledged to maintain an"impregnable"security posture and prepare contingency plans against any possible provocation from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), saying that the government will redouble its efforts to further promote peace on the Korean Peninsula and lay groundwork for peaceful reunification. Full story
DPRK threatens to attack S. Korea without warning
SEOUL, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has threatened to attack South Korea without any advance notice responding to anti-Pyongyang rallies on the second death anniversary of its leader Kim Jong-il earlier this week, South Korea's defense ministry said Friday.
South Korea's National Security Council on Thursday received a fax from the DPRK's National Defense Commission through the western coastal military hotline, in which Pyongyang threatened to strike the South "without any notice." Full story