South Korea says ready for talk with hostile North

By REUTERS
January 5, 2012 10:25

SEOUL - South Korea reached out to rival North Korea on Thursday, nearly three weeks after the death of the North's iron-fisted ruler Kim Jong-il, saying it wanted to reopen dialogue despite the North's vitriolic outbursts.

"We are open to dialogue with North Korea," Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan told a news briefing in the South Korean capital, Seoul. "The ball is now in North Korea's court."

He said it appeared North Korea had not yet decided on its "postures in dealing with the outside world".

"We are not in a position to tell what is happening in North Korea," he added, saying Kim's youngest son and chosen "great successor", Kim Jong-un, appeared intent, for now, on exerting his influence over the military.


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