PM vows efforts to dissolve inter-Korean confrontation
SEOUL, Jan. 2 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will make utmost efforts to end the confrontational environment vis-a-vis North Korea, the prime minister said Friday, amid brewing hopes for a possible inter-Korean summit.
"The government will make proactive efforts to resolve the inter-Korean confrontational mood and to open the door for inter-Korean dialogue and co-prosperity," Prime Minister Chung Hong-won said in his New Year's message.
"This year, (South Korea) must establish an everlasting peace on the Korean Peninsula and take one step forward toward unification," the prime minister noted.
His remarks came one day after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un alluded to a possible inter-Korean summit meeting.
Kim said in his New Year's address that "Depending on the mood and circumstances to be created, there is no reason not to hold the highest-level talks."
Kim's remarks have fueled hopes for reconciliatory moves between the rival Koreas.
Touching on domestic affairs, Chung said that the government will put its top priority on revitalizing the economy and sustaining the livelihoods of South Koreans.
"(The government) aims to proactively pursue various policies, based on the three-year economic reform plan, in order to achieve the structural renovation of our economy as well as economic revitalization," the prime minister also noted.
"All the government bodies should make special efforts in recovering economic vibrancy, stabilizing the livelihoods of low-income people and boosting job creation," Chung said.
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