United Nations: North Korea, on Friday, gave a warning in UN that if South Korea does not stop its propaganda broadcasts, then North Korea will undertake strong military counteraction against it.
North Korea has accused United States and South Korea of fabricating claims and falsely blaming North Korea for the recent landmine explosion and shelling in South Korea, according to a report published in Times of India.
North Korea’s Deputy UN Ambassador An Myong Hun told the reporters: “If South Korea does not respond to our ultimatum, our military counteraction will be inevitable, and that counteraction will be very strong.” according to TOI.
An Myong Hun added that the situation in Korean peninsula is on the brink of war.
North Korea has requested UN to convene an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the rising conflict in Korean peninsula. But the members of Security Council are yet to accept that request.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said that he wants to “vigorously advance” relations with South Korea, telling a visiting delegation from Seoul he hoped to “write a new history of national reunification”, Pyongyang state-media reported on Tuesday.
Kim made the comments during a two-day trip by the delegation led by Chung Eui-yong, the head of the South’s national security officials, reports the Guardian.
The officials are the most senior South Koreans to meet Kim since he came to power in 2011 after the death of his father.
“He … made an exchange of in-depth views on the issues for easing the acute military tensions on the Korean Peninsula and activating the versatile dialogue, contact, cooperation and exchange,” Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.
“He repeatedly clarified that it is our consistent and principled stand and his firm will to vigorously advance the north-south relations and write a new history of national reunification by the concerted efforts of our nation to be proud of in the world.”
It was not clear what a “satisfactory agreement” meant and despite a standing invitation for South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang, no date has been set.
The South Korean delegation’s visit follows two months of easing tensions with North Korea and is the first of its kind since President Moon’s liberal government was sworn in last year.
Kim and his wife also personally hosted a dinner for the group on Monday night at the Workers’ party headquarters, the first time South Korean officials have visited the building, according to Seoul’s presidential office.
Kim’s younger sister and close advisor Kim Yo-jong also attended the meal, which lasted more than four hours.
A photo of the North Korean leader posing with five members of the South Korean delegation was splashed across the front page of the Rodong Shinmun, the official newspaper of the ruling Workers’ Party.
Meanwhile, a South Korean government spokesperson said the visit that ends on Tuesday had not disappointed, while a press conference by the high-level delegation is expected upon its arrival in the Seoul at 6 p.m., reports Efe news. (IANS)