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Minister vows to seek better inter-Korean relations to speed up denuclearization

All Headlines 10:54 December 06, 2018

SEOUL, Dec. 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will continue to push for improving inter-Korean relations to help foster denuclearization and peace-building efforts on the Korean Peninsula, the unification minister said Thursday.

"We will surely use the precious opportunity that has came upon us this year to realize the objectives of complete denuclearization and establishment of lasting peace," Cho Myoung-gyon told a forum in Goyang, north of Seoul.

"While steadily improving inter-Korean relations, we will endeavor to strengthen the virtuous cycle between denuclearization and peace establishment," he added.

Cho said that the military demarcation line on the Korean Peninsula is the world's most fortified border but it is, after all, "human-drawn," which means it can also be undone by humans.

"The peace growing on the border like that will give rise to mutually beneficial cooperation. Not just those people living near the border for long by risking a loss caused by a division but also all the people on the peninsula will benefit from shared prosperity," he said.

"We have experiences of stepping over borders to build peace. Once again, such an opportunity is standing before us," Cho added.

He promised to work closely and communicate with local governments and civic groups in the process, calling for their cooperation in sharing views on building peace on the Korean Peninsula.

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