North Korean leader Kim Jong-un appeared on TV to deliver a New Year's message to the nation on Tuesday, becoming the first North Korean leader to do so in 19 years.
Local media reported Kim's speech live.
In his speech he emphasized the need to mend strained inter-Korean relations, and improve the standard of living of North Korean citizens.
The young leader stated that it's important to stick to the two inter-Korean declarations signed back in 2000 and 2007, in order to resolve the hostility between the North and the South and realize the reunification of the two Koreas.
The remarks are seen by many as an attempt to urge South Korea's President-elect Park Geun-hye to veer away from the hard-line policies of the Lee Myung-bak administration and endorse the joint agreements.
Kim also emphasized the need to revolutionize his country's agriculture and manufacturing sectors to boost the livelihoods of the North Korean people.