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Kim Jong-un has called for an end to confrontation between North and South Korea, technically still at war in the absence of a peace treaty to end their 1950-53 conflict, in a surprise New Year's Day speech broadcast on state media.
"make a fundamental turnabout in their ideological viewpoint, work style and attitude."
He also pushed for the development of more advanced weapons, a "revolution" in science and technology and reunification with "compatriots" in South Korea, which elected a president last month who has vowed to open dialogue with Pyongyang after five years of tense ties.
Originally posted by definity
Well Jong is different to his father he studied in the west I think in Switzerland so he has seen how other countries work and treat their people. I think he is A lot less patriotic than his father was, may be he has realised that his nation is slowly falling to pieces and actually needs help.
Originally posted by Lord Jules
I won't be surprised if the U.S. then says, "no thank-you" it would be typical, although Obama may be okay with this, so we'll see what the U.S.'s response to this is.
"All the Korean compatriots in the North, South and abroad should launch a dynamic struggle to carry out to the letter the June 5 Joint Declaration and the October 4 Declaration," Kim said, referring to inter-Korean declarations signed under the South's two previous liberal administrations.
Kim called them "great reunification programs common to the nation in the new century and milestones for peace and prosperity," according to KCNA's English script.
Kim also urged his country and the South to prioritize "the great national cause of reunifying the country" and said "by holding fast to the ideals of independence, peace and friendship, we will, in the future too, strive to develop relations of friendship and cooperation with the countries that are friendly to our country."
"Agriculture and light industry remain the major fronts for economic construction this year," Kim was quoted as saying. "All economic undertakings for this year should be geared to effecting a radical increase in production, and stabilizing and improving the people's living standards."