29 Apr '11, 8am

S. Korea tells North to show sincerity on peace talks

S. Korea tells North to show sincerity on peace talks

SEOUL: South Korea Friday questioned North Korea's sincerity in offering peace talks and said the communist state could solve its food shortages by spending less on missiles and nuclear weapons. The comments by Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan were in response to an offer from the North's leader Kim Jong-Il to hold unconditional talks including a summit with his southern counterpart. Former US President Jimmy Carter, speaking Thursday on his return from a peacemaking trip to Pyongyang, said the offer was made in a written "personal message" from leader Kim which was read to his delegation. "North Korea should first show sincerity about talks between South and North Korea, if it really wants to improve relations," minister Kim told a security forum. The North, he said "has recently launched a peace offensive, including through former Western leaders... but we still don't see ...

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