The influential brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Friday that South Korea was “admirable” with its proposal to formally end the Korean War but he demanded Seoul first abandon its “hostile policies” towards Pyongyang.
Kim Yo Jong’s statement, which was broadcast by the official state news agency KCNA, was in response to South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s recent call to formally declare an end to the 1950-53 conflict that ended in a ceasefire, not a peace treaty, that left the two sides technically at war for more than half a century.
In a speech to the UN General Assembly earlier this week, Moon proposed a declaration of an end to the conflict that erupted 71 years ago, stressing such action would “make irreversible progress on denuclearization and usher in an era of complete peace.”
Kim Yo Jong, the top policy adviser to her brother Kim Jong Un, said the proposal to end the war was an “admirable idea” but insisted South Korea must first eliminate hostility.
This month alone North Korea has fired two missiles, one test-firing a long-range cruise missile and the other a short-range ballistic missile.
Moon described Pyongyang’s recent missile launches as a “provocation” when he oversaw the successful test launch of a submarine ballistic missile (SLBM) last week, which made South Korea one of the few countries possessing the advanced technology. [lt/uh]