Kim Jong-un calls for better ties with South Korea

The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has called for better ties with South Korea in a rare new year broadcast, and warned that history had shown that continued confrontation would lead to “nothing but war”.

Kim, addressing the country on state media after it successfully launched a long-range rocket that many believe was a cover for a missile test, was the first North Korean leader to deliver a new year broadcast since his grandfather – and the country’s founder – Kim Il-sung, in 1994.

His father, Kim Jong-il, who died just over a year ago, rarely spoke in public.

“An important issue in putting an end to the division of the country and achieving its reunification is to remove confrontation between the north and the south,” he said in Tuesday’s address, which appeared to have been pre-recorded at an undisclosed location.

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