North Korea says hopes are alive for peace and a summit with the South

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By Heekyong Yang

SEOUL, Sept 25 (Reuters) – North Korea is willing to consider another inter-Korean summit if mutual respect can be ensured between the two rival countries, state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday, citing Kim Yo Jong, the North Korean leader’s sister. Kim Jong Un.

The comment comes just a day after North Korea urged the United States and South Korea to abandon what it called their hostile policy and double standards before formal talks on ending the Korean War can take place. 1950-53.

The war conflict ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty, leaving United States-led UN forces technically still at war with North Korea. The formal end to the war has been complicated by Pyongyang’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

“I believe that only when justice and mutual respect can be maintained can smooth communication be established between North and South,” said Kim Yo Jong.

“Issues such as the meaningful and timely declaration of the end of the war, the reopening of the joint liaison office and a summit meeting between North and South can be resolved in the near future through constructive debate,” he added.

Speaking before the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in reiterated his call for a formal end to the war, but then said time is running out to make such progress sooner. his term ends in May.

Kim, who is a powerful confidant of her brother, said she watched with interest the intense discussion in the South about the renewed prospect of a formal declaration of the end of the Korean War.

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“I felt that the atmosphere of hope to restore tense inter-Korean relations and achieve stability and peace seems irrepressible in South Korea,” he said. “We are no different in wishing the same.”

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