South Korea's Park Open to Kim Jong Un Summit If Ties Improve

  • Park comments in written interview with Yonhap, other media
  • Remarks builds on momentum toward improving ties on peninsula

South Korean President Park Geun Hye said she is open to a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if relations between the countries improve and progress is made on resolving a nuclear deadlock.

“I have made it clear that any type of dialog between North Korea and South Korea is possible as long as it helps to open the road to peace and unification on the Korean peninsula,” she said Friday in a written interview with Yonhap News and other Asia-Pacific news agencies in Seoul.

Her comment builds on momentum toward improving ties after the two countries last month held the first reunions in more than a year of families separated by the Korean War. In August, they signed an agreement to ratchet down the highest tensions in years after the regime in Pyongyang said it was in a “semi-state of war.”

The two countries have not held a summit since 2007. North Korea continues to defy U.S. and South Korean calls to dismantle its nuclear arms program.

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