South Korea expects reciprocal visit by Kim

Monitoring Desk

SEOUL: South Korea Tuesday said it is expecting a reciprocal visit by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un this year, local media reported.

“I hope South and North (Korea) will make efforts together so that the conditions for Chairman Kim Jong-un’s reciprocal visit can be created at an early date,” Yonhap news agency quoted South Korean President Moon Jae-in as saying in his New Year’s address to the nation.

During his trip to Pyongyang in 2018, Moon and Kim had agreed that North Korean leader will pay a visit to Seoul.

Moon also reiterated his country’s commitment to two major inter-Korean projects — the Kaesong industrial complex and Mount Kumgang tours — as well as the reconnection of roads and railways. “It’s a time of endurance for Korean Peninsula peace and when faith in peace and the unified minds of the people are more desperately needed than at any other time,” Moon said.

“For us, Korean Peninsula peace is not a matter of choice but a must-go way by overcoming whatever the difficulty is,” he added. (AA)