North Korea’s leader has used a New Year speech to announce that he is open to resuming peace talks with South Korea.
Point of view
If the atmosphere and environment changes, there is no reason not to hold high level talks
As the north remains under the spotlight over claims of cyber threats against the US, Kim Jong Un spoke on state television.
“We can resume the high level talks that have been suspended and hold partial talks if the South Korean government has a sincere will to talk to improve the relationship between North and South,” he said.
“In addition, if the atmosphere and environment changes, there is no reason not to hold the high level talks.”
The comment comes days after South Korea proposed to restart dialogue.
Pictures of North Korea’s New Years Eve celebrations have been released by the country’s state news agency.
As well as fireworks in a main square in Pyongyang, senior officials watched performances in what is known as the Central Youth Hall.