A South Korean Unification Ministry official said his country hopes the North will respond to President Yun Seok-yeol’s offer to help rebuild its economy in exchange for denuclearization.
“The unification ministry urges and hopes for North Korea to respond to our government’s sincere proposal for peace on the Korean Peninsula and the common prosperity of the South and the North,” the official told reporters in the background when asked about the issue on Tuesday.
He added that the ministry has no plans to request working-level contact with Pyongyang on the issue, but is open to considering such a step by reviewing inter-Korean relations and the security situation on the Korean Peninsula.
The foreign ministry also mentioned that Seoul has been in consultations with the US regarding the direction of related plans.
“Throughout the entire process of forming the audacious initiative, our government has closely coordinated with the United States and has also communicated in advance with major countries, such as China and Japan,” the ministry’s spokesperson Choi Young-sam told reporters.
Washington has expressed support for Seoul’s road map initiative during recent bilateral discussions, such as the meeting between their top diplomats on Aug. 5, he added
On Monday, Yoon delivered a speech marking Liberation Day and revealed details of a plan to improve
North Korea’s economy, such as a large-scale food program, assistance in power generation, and modernization of its ports and airports.