The South Korean government says it is planning to maintain its two-track approach on North Korea combining openness to dialogue with pressure on the North to give up its nuclear program.
During its status report to President Park Geun-hye Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry said that for now, it will focus on pressuring Pyongyang amid the heightened tensions in the region following the regime's third nuclear test.
The ministry also said it will work closely with the countries involved in six-nation denuclearization talks to persuade Pyongyang to change its attitude and seek ways to resume dialogue with the communist state.
Meanwhile, the Unification Ministry said it is planning to propose a resumption of reunions for families separated during the Korean War.
It added it is seeking economic incentives to offer the North in exchange for the resolution of other inter-Korean issues involving prisoners of war and South Koreans abducted by the North.