South Korean President Vows to Speed up Détente with North Korea
Visiting South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung on Tuesday vowed to try and speed up the reconciliation process with his country's communist neighbor North Korea.
"We agreed... to accelerate the improvement in inter-Korea relations and North Korean participation in the international community," Kim said after talks with Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid.
"The atmosphere of inter-Korean reconciliation and cooperation unfolding on the Korean peninsula since the South-North Korean summit in June is strengthening peace in the Korean peninsula as well as the stability of east Asia as a whole," Kim added.
At the landmark June summit, the first between the leaders of the bitterly-divided Korean peninsula, Kim and North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-Il agreed to move toward reconciliation and end enmity stemming from the 1950-53 war.
The summit sparked a series of follow-up North-South events but talks stopped two months ago amid warming ties between the United States and North Korea.
Observers have said Pyongyang was seeking to sideline Seoul as it focused on overtures to Washington -- JAKARTA (AFP)
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