North Korea on Thursday called on “all Koreans at home and abroad” to promote contact and cooperation between North and South Korea and strive for reunification.
Korean people should make a “breakthrough” for unification without the help of other countries, it said in the rare announcement carried by state media, Reuters reports.
All Koreans should “promote contact, travel, cooperation between North and South Korea”, Pyongyang said, adding it will “smash” all challenges against reunification of the Korean peninsula.
Koreans should wage an energetic drive to defuse the acute military tension and create a peaceful climate on the Korean peninsula, the regime said.
Military tension on the Korean peninsula is a “fundamental obstacle” for the improvement of inter-Korean relations and unification, the North’s official news agency said.
Joint military drills with “outside forces” have proven unhelpful for the development of relations between North and South Korea, said the announcement which was issued after a joint meeting of government and political parties..
North Korea did not provide details why the meeting had been held but the statement said it was aimed to support leader Kim Jong-un’s remarks regarding unification from his New Year’s address.
This year is meaningful for both North and South Korea, it said, noting that it is the 70th anniversary of the founding of North Korea and that South Korea will be hosting the Winter Olympics next month.
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