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.