S Korea hopes for resumption of talks with N Korea

TEHRAN, Jun. 21 (MNA) – The South Korea Unification Ministry expressed hope that talks with its northern neighbor on bilateral issues as well as nuclear disarmament would resume.

South Korea hopes that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's recent mention of dialogue will lead to resumption of talks between the two Koreas, as well as between the United States and the North, the unification ministry said Monday.

As the US envoy to North Korea travels to Seoul to try to resume nuclear disarmament talks on the Korean Peninsula, South Korean government has expressed hope that talks with its northern neighbor will resume.

During a key Workers' Party meeting last week, Kim said the country should be ready for both dialogue and, more importantly, confrontation with Washington and called for efforts to stably control the political situation, Yonhap news agency reported.

"The government takes note of Chairman Kim Jong-un's mention of readiness for dialogue and hopes it will lead to dialogue between the South and the North and between the North and the US," Lee Jong-joo, the ministry's spokesperson, told a regular press briefing.

Lee added that the South will continue to make efforts to help such talks resume.

South Korea will also keep a close watch on the North's future position toward the South and the US and actively work for peace on the peninsula and humanitarian cooperation, she added.

Meanwhile, Unification Minister Lee In-young is scheduled to meet the new US special representative for North Korea, Sung Kim, on Tuesday to share their views on the latest political situation surrounding Pyongyang and discuss other issues such as humanitarian cooperation.

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