S. Korea’s unification minister vows peace-making efforts

SEOUL: South Korea’s nominee for unification minister said he will seek a creative solution so that North Korea and the United States can meet again soon.

Inter-Korean relations are in limbo since the second US-North Korea summit broke down last month.

Last week South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s attempts to engage with Pyongyang were set back with North Korea temporarily pulling out of an inter-Korean liaison office in Kaesong.

North Korea reversed its decision and some officials returned to work on Monday.

“I will seek a creative solution so that North Korea and the US can meet again soon and find common ground,” nominee Kim Yeon-chul said in a confirmation hearing yesterday.

US President Donald Trump made a conciliatory gesture to Pyong­­yang last week by announcing that he had put a hold on pending new sanctions against North Korea.Kim did not elaborate on his creative solution, but said he will seek various ways to cooperate with North Korea for the two Koreas to truly become one. The Ministry of Unification handles relations with North Korea.

A long-time confidant of Moon, Kim is a pro-engagement scholar who heads the state-run Korea Institute for National Unification.

He is expected to expedite Moon’s initiative for a “peace-driven economy”, Moon’s spokesman previously said. — Reuters