President Park seeks dialogue, cooperation with North KoreaUpdated: 2014-08-15 18:32:36 (KST)
Marking the Korean Peninsula's liberation from Japan's colonial rule Friday, President Park said, as anguish from the two Koreas' separation passes from one generation to the next, abnormalities on the divided peninsula have become the norm.
The South Korean president then highlighted the urgent need to increase understanding and to help merge the lives of South and North Koreans for reunification.
"Starting with jointly managing rivers and forests running through the two Koreas, we need to expand joint projects that benefit both sides. In that respect, I hope North Korea will attend the UN Convention on Biological Diversity conference to be held in South Korean city of Pyeongchang in October."
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President Park also suggested Seoul and Pyongyang jointly launch a cultural project next year, for the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japanese colonization.
She then urged Pyongyang to come to the high-level talks, which Seoul proposed earlier this week.
It's viewed that the Park administration is seeking a turning point in inter-Korean ties as the North has been showing signs of interest in mending relations.
Turning to Japan, President Park, while reiterating her position that Tokyo must first admit to its past atrocities and act responsibly, also spoke with anticipation of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties with the country, next year.
"I hope starting next year, the two countries can move forward toward their future relations based on a friendship between their citizens. I look forward to the Japanese political leaders' wisdom and decision-making in that regard."
In Northeast Asia, the president said Korea, China and Japan should seek ways to better cooperate on regional issues, such as nuclear safety, by creating trilateral consultative body.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News.
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