Pakistan welcomes talks between North and South Korea

Islamabad: Pakistan has welcomed the recent high-level diplomatic talks between North Korea and South Korea that were held between the two countries for the first time in more than two years, Foreign Office (FO) said on Tuesday. The statement further said that Pakistan has always encouraged North and South Korea to resume “meaningful negotiations” to reconcile, stating that the country has “supported all efforts for smooth reunification of the Korean Peninsula including the two Summits between North and South Korea in June 2000 and 2007.”

“It has been Pakistan’s consistent position that all relevant parties should comply with their international obligations, pursue the path of dialogue and diplomacy to reduce tensions and work towards achieving a comprehensive solution,” the press release added further. The statement comes after the two Koreas agreed to hold working-level talks at the Tongil Pavilion on the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom on January 15.

Officials from North and South last week said they had agreed to hold negotiations to resolve problems and avert accidental conflict, after their first official dialogue in more than two years amid high tension over the North’s weapons programme.

North Korea and South Korea had sent their delegations to hold high-level diplomatic talks in Panmunjom, a truce village in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), after North’s Kim Jong-Un said he was willing to send athletes to participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics that are to be held in Pyeongchang in the South.

 

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