The South Korean president has expressed the hope that humanitarian cooperation with Pyongyang might result in a “grand breakthrough” within the chilly relationship. The North, nevertheless, already disregarded such points as “inessential.”
Delivering his annual New 12 months speech on Monday, President Moon Jae-in reiterated his readiness to speak with the North each time the latter is prepared.
“Dialogue and co-prosperity are key drivers of the peace course of on the Korean Peninsula,” he mentioned. “Our will to fulfill anytime, wherever, and willingness to speak…stays unchanged.”
On the identical time, Moon expressed hopes to additional solidify the nation’s ties with the US below the incoming Joe Biden administration.
“We’ll strengthen the alliance with the US in step with the inauguration of the Biden administration, whereas making last-ditch efforts for a grand breakthrough in stalemated North Korea-US and inter-Korean talks,” Moon mentioned, including that cooperation on humanitarian points, reminiscent of tackling the coronavirus pandemic, may pave the trail for higher ties with Pyongyang.
Moon’s rhetoric is unlikely to by some means contribute to fixing the connection between the 2 Koreas, nevertheless, as what he has promised seems to be precisely the other of what the North desires.
Talking at a significant assembly of the ruling Employees’ Social gathering over the weekend, North Korean chief Kim Jong-un blasted the South for making an attempt to sooth Pyongyang with provides of cooperation on “inessential points” reminiscent of tourism, the pandemic, and different humanitarian subjects. Solely a elementary change of angle on Seoul’s half, together with the stopping of recent weaponry procurement and of conducting navy drills with the US, might assist restore the connection, Kim said.
Pyongyang just isn’t holding its breath concerning the new US administration both, Kim signaled, calling Washington the “greatest enemy” of the nation. He additionally mentioned the “barbaric” sanctions towards his nation had been anticipated to hold over to the Biden authorities.
“Irrespective of who’s in energy within the US, the true nature of the US and its elementary insurance policies in direction of North Korea by no means change,” he harassed.
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