Could an inter-Korean summit happen soon?
That's what the South Korean government is hoping, in light of the North Korean leader's latest speech.
"We see North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's speech as sincere and significant. Our government is looking forward to any form of inter-Korean talks in the near future."
In Kim Jong-un's [ ] nationally televised New Year's speech, he said he's open to talks with Seoul, even possibly with President Park Geun-hye.
"If the atmosphere and environment are right, there is no reason not to hold a high-level summit. We will make every effort to advance dialogue and cooperation."
As North Koreans rang in the new year, Kim used his third annual address to speak on different issues.
Seoul is now urging Pyongyang to take steps to normalize relations, such as responding to its earlier proposal to hold talks this month.
The North Korean leader, however, also criticized South Korea's military exercises with the U.S., calling them a source of tension.
In addition to a possible meeting with South Korea, Kim also spoke about Pyongyang's plans to develop special economic and tourist zones in the new year.
Connie Lee, Arirang News.
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