Indonesia Praises Warming Ties Between North, South Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-in, right, shakes hands with Chung Eui-yong, who headed a visit by a special delegation from South Korea on Tuesday (06/03). (Reuters Photo/KCNA)

By : Telly Nathalia | on 4:48 PM March 07, 2018
Category : News, Foreign Affairs

Jakarta. The Indonesian government praised improving relations between North and South Korea on Wednesday (07/03), saying it brings hope for peace on the peninsula.

This follows a two-day visit by special envoys from South Korea to the North this week.

The delegation, led by National Security Office head Chung Eui-yong, met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Monday to encourage the North and the United States to enter talks, Reuters reported.

Chung is the highest ranking South Korean official to visit the North since Kim came to power in 2011.

North Korea and the United States have showed a willingness to hold talks, but Pyongyang has raised concern over a joint US-South Korean military exercise next month.

North and South Korean leaders will meet in April for the first time since 2007.

"The government of Indonesia fully supports efforts towards improving inter-Korean relations, including in particular, their plan to hold a summit meeting in April," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

Indonesia wants the Korean Peninsula to be a nuclear-weapon-free zone, "therefore, we call on all parties involved to work together towards that end," the ministry said.

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