North Korea Proposes Reconciliation and Unity with South Korea

The olive branch, which came in the form of a letter, also promised the end of hostile military acts and the reunion of separated families

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North Korea’s National Defense Commission wrote a letter to the South Korean government attempting to “create an atmosphere of reconciliation and unity,” the North Korean state news agency reported Thursday.

The Defense Commission also promised to “completely halt hostile military acts, realize the reunion of separated families and relatives, … and re-energize multi-faceted north-south cooperation and exchanges” in the letter, CNN reports. 

The Korean Central News Agency, which reported the letter, had historically been hostile towards South Korea and the United States, but the tone of this report was decidedly different, suggesting that the letter might be construed as an olive branch between the historically rivalrous countries.

[CNN]

8 comments
StevenCalhoun
StevenCalhoun

An olive branch will snap if the North is trying to mislead the South. They are a nation of it's own and the North wants some of that wealth for selfish reasons. One, Kim doesn't want to feed his people with the 5 billion he has in his bank account. Two, Kim wants the world to feed his army with aid so he can get them healthy for an invasion. Three, why would Kim want to engage with the dogs he vehemently calls the South? You can't take back threats of annihilation, things you have done to your own people, being a murderous dog and barbarian! Kim's back is against the wall and now he's begging for mercy because it's his time like Saddam Hussein. Whose the filth now?

riceeisnicee
riceeisnicee

As a Korean, this is promising news. For a nearly half a decade many Koreans have wanted the reunification of south and north Korea, and it seems now, the time has finally come.

tkulaga
tkulaga

After talking with people who lived in West Germany prior to them knocking down "The Wall", I doubt it will be good for the South Koreans and China for that matter to allow a full reconciliation between both countries. Can you imagine having millions of starving uneducated North Koreans enter your country looking for food, shelter, work etc? They will end up lowering wages. Stuff will get stolen. They will need government handouts.  

stennes
stennes

it's just "don't fight" , they have to think what they would do for reconsiliation.

That means " don't meddle in our way"

Amykins
Amykins

Uh huh. NK wants peace. And I'm a unicorn that farts rainbows.

eagle11772
eagle11772

NEVER trust the North Korean regime.  I think that the U.S. and it's allies should simply completely ignore North Korea, don't talk to them nor engage them in any way, and simply pretend that they don't exist.  No dictatorial regime lasts forever, and this regime will collapse one day.  Remember that nobody predicted the sudden collapse and complete destruction of the Soviet regime either. 

tsagar
tsagar

Historically RIVALROUS!!? This is brilliant wordplay. Very apt for a news item with KCNA as its central theme. You have enriched the inter Korean lexicon immensely.

XanderLegere
XanderLegere

@eagle11772Are you comparing the Soviet collapse in the 80's[90's to North Korea... cause that's pretty darn shortsighted. It's not like NK is fighting an ever increasing arms race against the US...