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Park renews calls for peaceful unification with N. Korea

2015/10/13 10:54

SEOUL, Oct. 13 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye renewed her calls Tuesday for a peaceful unification between South and North Korea.

"Now, it's time to move toward a peaceful unification ... by ending the pain of the division," Park said in a video message to a forum on North Korean affairs.

The Korean Peninsula was divided into the capitalistic South and communist North after its liberation from Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule. The two sides fought in the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

She also stressed South Korea's efforts to build a peace park inside the 4-kilometer-wide Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas.

The buffer zone is a 259-kilometer strip of rugged no-man's land stretching from coast to coast, strewn with land mines and barbed wire.

North Korea has publicly rejected the project.