Kim ‘open to summit’ with S Korea

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Published: Thursday 1st January 2015 by The News Editor

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said he is open to a summit with his South Korean counterpart.

In a nationally televised New Year’s Day speech, Kim said he saw no reason why there should not be a summit with South Korean president Park Geun-hye or top-level talks if Seoul sincerely wanted better ties. He also said his country would strengthen its military and economy.

The 30-minute speech was the third Kim has delivered on New Year’s Day and the first after the end of the traditional three-year mourning of the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, in late 2011.

Some analysts believe that with the mourning period over, Kim will pursue policies that more closely reflect his own personal priorities.

Published: Thursday 1st January 2015 by The News Editor

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