This photo taken on Feb 8, 2018 and released on Feb 9, 2018 by official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) shows DPRK leader Kim Jong-un, second right, attending a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the Korean People's Army at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang. (KCNA VIA KNS / AFP)
SEOUL/BEIJING — The leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) said it is important to boost the "warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue" after meeting with a high-level Pyongyang delegation that visited the Republic of Korea (ROK) for the Winter Olympics, DPRK state media said on Tuesday.
The DPRK delegation returned to Pyongyang Sunday night after a three-day visit to the ROK.
The DPRK leader, Kim Jong-un, also expressed "satisfaction" over their visit and said efforts made by Seoul to prioritize their visit were "very impressive" including their "sincere efforts" for which he gave his gratitude, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
China expressed hopes that all parties concerned will cherish the current detente on the Korean Peninsula and work together to achieve a nuclear-free peninsula
Kim Yo-jong, sister of the DPRK leader, delivered a letter from Kim Jong-un during a visit to the ROK presidential Blue House on Saturday, asking President Moon Jae-in to visit "at his earliest convenience." Moon replied both Koreas should try to make conditions that would make the visit possible.
Talk of an inter-Korean summit, which would be the first since 2007 if it happened, come after months of tension between Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs. An exchange of fiery words between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump also ratcheted up unease on the Korean peninsula.
In Tuesday's report, Kim Jong-un gave "important instructions" for possible measures to maintain the atmosphere of conciliation and dialogue.
Seoul said on Monday it would push ahead with its plans for reunions of family members separated by the 1950-53 Korean War in order to sustain the dialogue prompted by the DPRK delegation's visit.
China, meanwhile, expressed hopes that all parties concerned will cherish the current detente on the Korean Peninsula and work together to achieve a nuclear-free peninsula.
Geng Shuang, a spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry, made the remarks on Monday at a press briefing when asked to comment on the DPRK invitation to the ROK leader to travel to Pyongyang for talks.
China welcomes the recent dialogue and cooperation between the two Koreas on the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, said Geng.
He said the joint efforts made by the DPRK and the ROK to improve relations and promote reconciliation and cooperation were in the fundamental interests of both sides and conducive to promoting peace and development in the region.
"We hope that dialogue during the Olympics will extend to routine dialogue, and dialogue between DPRK and the ROK will be expanded to dialogue between all the relevant parties, especially between DPRK and the United States," Geng quoted Foreign Minister Wang Yi as saying.
He also said he hoped that the two Korea's efforts to improve relations would be expanded to joint efforts of all parties to maintain peace in the Korean Peninsula.
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