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South Korea expects 'at least slight' thaw in relations with North Korea

Asia (, - The Minister of Unification of the Republic of Korea, Kwon Yong Se, visiting the border checkpoint of Phanmunjom for the first time as head of the department, expressed the hope that "at least a slight" thaw will come in inter-Korean relations. This was reported today, November 29, by Yonhap Agency.

“I would like to see at least a weak warm wind blow in the frozen inter-Korean relations,” the minister said.

As Kwon Yong Se emphasized, Seoul has no hostile intentions towards North Korea, but will not accept military provocations and a nuclear threat. He added that the nuclear missile program would become an obstacle to the economic prosperity of the People's Republic.

“We hope to soon sit down at the negotiating table here in Panmunjom to start discussing problems in inter-Korean relations. I would like Pyongyang to respond to our proposal. Restoring lost trust through consistent dialogue is the only way to resolve problems in inter-Korean relations,” the minister said.

The agency recalled that Panmunjom was the site of an armistice agreement in the Korean War (1950-1953), and the summit of former South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was also held in this place in 2018. It also hosted a trilateral meeting with former US leader Donald Trump in 2019.

Since the beginning of the year, North Korea has launched 63 ballistic missiles, including 8 intercontinental ones, Yonhap said.

South Korea expects 'at least slight' thaw in relations with North Korea