S Korea's Park 'open' to meeting with North leader
Iran Press TV
Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:45AM
South Korea's President Park Geun-hye says she is willing to meet the North's leader Kim Jong Un without preconditions.
"I can do an inter-Korean summit if it helps. There is no pre-condition," Park said in a nationally televised press conference on Monday.
In his new year message, the North Korean leader said he was ready for the "highest level" of talks with neighboring South Korea if the conditions were right.
Park also said that an anti-North law, the National Security Law, remains necessary in the South.
"We need the very minimum of law to ensure security in this country as we remain in a standoff with the North, and the law is enforced according to that," she said.
She also said an end to North Korea's nuclear program should be an important part of the discussions, adding, however, that this shouldn't be considered as a precondition for the meeting.
President Park urged Pyongyang to "come forward for dialogue without hesitation" in an effort to reunite families separated since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.
"I can meet just about anyone necessary to open the path towards peaceful re-unification," she added.
North and South Korean presidents have met only two times since the peninsula was divided at the end of World War Two.
The Korean Peninsula has been locked in a cycle of military rhetoric since the Korean War, which lasted from 1950 to 1953. No peace deal has been signed since then, meaning that Pyongyang and Seoul remain technically at war.
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