Pakistan welcomes talks between North, South Korea

Pakistan hopes new phase of talks between two sides would help ease tensions in Korean Peninsula

APP January 16, 2018
Head of the North Korean delegation, Ri Son Gwon shakes hands with his South Korean counterpart Cho Myoung-gyon during their meeting at the truce village, January 9, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan welcomes the recent talks held between the Republic of Korea (RoK) and Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea (DPRK), stated a press release issued on Tuesday by the Foreign Office (FO).

Lauding the goodwill generated by the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the FO statement said Pakistan "hopes that this new phase of talks between the two sides would help to ease tensions in the Korean Peninsula" and would "lead to lasting peace, prosperity, stability, reconciliation and cooperation in the region."

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The statement further said that Pakistan has always encouraged North and South Korea to resume "meaningful negotiations" to reconcile, stating that the country has "supported all efforts for smooth reunification of the Korean Peninsula including the two Summits between North and South Korea in June 2000 and 2007."

"It has been Pakistan’s consistent position that all relevant parties should comply with their international obligations, pursue the path of dialogue and diplomacy to reduce tensions and work towards achieving a comprehensive solution," the press release added further.

The statement comes after the two Koreas agreed to hold working-level talks at the Tongil Pavilion on the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom on January 15.

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