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ROK president proposes one-on-one with Kim

By Xinhua

 ROK president proposes one-on-one with Kim
South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks during her New Year's press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, Jan 12, 2015. (AP Photo / Jung Yeon-je, Pool)

SEOUL - Reoublic of Korea (ROK) President Park Geun-hye said Monday that she can hold a summit with Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), if it could positively contribute to inter-Korean relations.

"If necessary, I can meet with everybody. The inter-Korean summit, I can do that if it helps," Park said in her New Year's press conference at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

Park said there is no precondition for an inter-Korean dialogue, but she said it would be mandatory for the DPRK to have an open- minded and sincere attitude toward resolving issues through a dialogue.

"Without coming to a settlement on denuclearization" on the Korean Peninsula, the two Koreas cannot talk about the peaceful unification, Park said, adding that the issue should be resolved through inter-Korean or multilateral dialogue channels.

The DPRK's official KCNA news agency said Saturday that it had told the United States that it would temporarily suspend nuclear tests if Washington temporarily suspends its joint annual military exercises with Seoul this year.

Top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un said in his New Year's address on Jan. 1 that there is "no reason not to hold the highest-level talks" with ROK if a right atmosphere and environment is formed.

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