SEOUL, March 3 (Xinhua) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Monday urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to give up its nuclear weapons program to put forward dates of reunification with its northern neighbor.
President Park said in a speech for an international leadership conference that the road to the reunification will be shortened if the DPRK's abandonment of its nuclear program comes as early as possible.
Park said that the two Koreas will be able to open a new era of reunification, a blessing to both South Korea and the DPRK, if Pyongyang puts down its nuclear program and fills in that place with international community's trust and move inter-Korean relations forward.
The head of state said in her New Year's press conference on Jan. 6 that the reunification with the DPRK will be a bonanza for the two Koreas as well as for neighboring countries, raising awareness among the general public to the importance of the reunification.
Park said on Feb. 25 marking the first anniversary of her inauguration that a reunification preparatory committee under the direct control of Park will be launched to collect extensive opinions from private experts and civic groups and draw up a blueprint for the reunification.
The South Korea's first female president stressed that the two Koreas should prepare for the future reunification in a gradual manner in order not to miss an opportunity to reunite when it comes.
Hundreds of people from the two Koreas met their long-lost relatives for six days through Feb. 25 at the DPRK's scenic resort of Mount Kumgang. South Koreans have been banned from exchanging letters and phone calls from their relatives in the DPRK since 1953.
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SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrived here on Thursday for his second trip to South Korea in the past year, reiterated his position that the Democratic People' s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will not be accepted as a nuclear state, hoping Seoul and Tokyo could resolve tensions.
"Let me be clear. The United States will not accept North Korea (DPRK) as a nuclear state. It will not accept talks for the sake of talks," Kerry said during a joint press conference with his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se. It was the fifth dialogue between top diplomats of the two allies since Kerry took office a year earlier. Full story
DPRK launches four short-range missiles
SEOUL, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired four short-range missiles, local media reported Thursday citing South Korean Defense Ministry.
The missiles were launched from Gitaeryeong area on the DPRK's southeastern coast at around 5:42 p.m. Thursday, toward the northeastern waters. Full story