South Korean Prime Minister Kim Boo-geum on Tuesday, on the background of the 21st anniversary of the first inter-Korean summit, called on Pyongyang to return to dialogue with Seoul, Yonhap news agency reports.
“I sincerely ask you to return to the table of dialogue and reconciliation so that the hours of peace on the Korean peninsula can move forward again,” the Prime Minister said at an event marking the 21st anniversary of the first inter – Korean summit. It is reported that Kim Boo-geum addressed the leader of the DPRK Kim Jong-un and top officials of Pyongyang.
The anniversary of the first inter-Korean summit, which was held on June 13-15, 2000 between President Kim Dae-Jung and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, is celebrated annually on June 15.
North Korea’s relations with South Korea have reached an impasse after the failed North Korea-US summits and the suspension of the denuclearization process.
In the summer of 2020, inter-Korean relations deteriorated due to the sending of propaganda leaflets and materials to the North by anti-Pyongyang activists in South Korea. Inter-Korean military hotlines were severed, as well as a special line of communication between the top leadership of the two countries. North Korea also blew up the inter-Korean communications office in Kaesong.
Since then, North Korea has still not responded to repeated calls from Seoul and Washington to resume dialogue, although it was reported that in September 2020, the President of South Korea and Kim Jong-un exchanged letters. Pyongyang also did not give an official reaction to the results of the talks between the Presidents of South Korea and the United States in Washington at the end of May.