North Korea leader Kim Jong Un says open to summit with South

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 31, 2014 8:24 PM

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said there was 'no reason' not to hold a high-level summit with neighboring South Korea, speaking in a New Year's address broadcast by state media on Thursday.

"If South Korean authorities sincerely want to improve relations between North and South Korea through talks, we can resume stalled high-level meetings," he said.

"If the atmosphere and environment is there, there is no reason not to hold a high-level summit (with South Korea)," Kim said, speaking in what appeared to be a pre-recorded message.

South Korea proposed on Monday to resume stalled inter-Korean talks with North Korea in January to cover issues including reunions for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

(Reporting by Sohee Kim; Writing by James Pearson; Editing by Kim Coghill)