The influential sister of the North Korean leader said that an inter-Korean summit could take place, but only if mutual “respect” and “impartiality” are guaranteed.
Saturday’s statement was the second in two days from Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un’s sister and key advisor.
She urged Seoul on Friday to end its “policy of hostility” towards Pyongyang after South Korean President Moon Jae-in called for the declaration of an official end to the state of war with the North.
The 1950-53 war between the two Koreas ended in a truce, not a peace treaty, leaving Seoul and Pyongyang technically at war for more than half a century.
Analysts say North Korea is using Moon’s desire for an inter-Korean engagement to pressure Seoul to persuade the Biden administration to relax the crippling US-led sanctions against the country’s nuclear weapons program. North or suspend combined US-South Korean military exercises.
An inter-Korean summit between Kim Jong-un and Moon could only take place “when impartiality and an attitude of mutual respect” are guaranteed, Kim Yo-jong said in a statement released by the official KCNA news agency. Pyongyang.
She also said that a summit, as well as discussions on an end-of-war declaration, could be organized “at an early date through constructive discussions.”
“The North and the South need not waste time blaming each other and engaging in a war of words,” she added.
She also reiterated Friday’s call for the South to drop its “unequal double standards,” in apparent reference to Moon’s criticism of recent missile launches from the North.
Last week, the South successfully tested a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), making it one of the few countries with the advanced technology.
North Korea fired two missiles this month alone, one involving a long-range cruise missile and the other with short-range ballistic missiles.
Communications between the North and the South were largely cut off following a second US-North Korean summit in Hanoi in February 2019, which collapsed after then-President Donald Trump and Kim Jong -one could not agree on the terms of an agreement. .
With Associated Press and Agence-France Presse