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S. Korea urges DPRK to accept proposal of high-level talks

English.news.cn   2014-08-15 11:20:29

SEOUL, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Friday called on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea ( DPRK) to stop developing nuclear weapons and to accept Seoul's proposal of high-level talks to ease tensions.

Park delivered the message to Pyongyang in a televised speech on the Liberation Day marking the 69th anniversary of the peninsula's liberation from Japan's 35-year colonial rule.

Seoul proposed to Pyongyang on Monday to hold senior-level inter-Korean talks next week to discuss the reunion of separated families. The DPRK has yet to respond to the proposal.

Park said the DPRK should abandon its nuclear weapons following the example of Kazakhstan and select the way of reform and opening up just as what Vietnam and Myanmar have done before, which have since witnessed peace and prosperity.

"For the common prosperity of the Northeast Asia, the DPRK should break its isolation and play a responsible role in the international community," said the president.

She said the two sides should tolerate each other's defects, trying to improve relations and boost mutual understanding step by step through cooperation on soft and minor issues such as joint environment protection program on shared rivers and forest.

She invited the DPRK to join in the 12th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity which will be held in South Korea's Pyeongchang city later this year.

The three-week U.N. biodiversity conference with 20,000 attendees from 193 countries will run between Sept. 29 and Oct. 19, 2014.

Park also pressed Japanese leaders to face up to the history, changing its erroneous understanding of history, especially on the sex slave issues, and showing its wisdom and determination for the new future with South Korea.

She noted that as the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between South Korea and Japan is approaching next year, the two countries must try hard to cure the past pain.

Besides, she emphasized on boosting the country's economy with new engine and focusing more on the its safety considering the frequent accidents happened this year.

Editor: yanting
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