N. Korea's Kim says open to 'highest-level' talks with South

January 1st, 2015  
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Topic: N. Korea's Kim says open to 'highest-level' talks with South

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un proposed the "highest-level" talks with South Korea Thursday in a surprise overture delivered during the communist supremo's traditional New Year message. The sudden move comes with his pariah state battling to fend off international prosecution over its dismal human rights record, and would clear the path for the first inter-Korean summit since a 2007 meeting in Pyongyang. South Korean media said he was referring to a summit with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye. Kim also urged Washington to take a "bold shift" in its policy towards Pyongyang and denounced the US for leading an international campaign over the North's human rights record.


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