It added the country also supports the North Korean leadership's efforts to hold talks with the South and the United States, in line with the "roadmap" Moscow suggested on pursuing a peaceful, step-by-step approach to end the crisis. Over the weekend, even American officials said they had received equivalent assurances right from mature North Korean counter parts.
"(Kim Jong Un) set forth the strategic and tactical issues to be maintained by the Workers' Party of Korea including the future policy of worldwide relations and the orientation corresponding to them", the North's central news agency said on Tuesday.
Chung Eui-yong, the director of the South Korean National Security Council, advised Kim Jong Un to stop smoking during a conversation.
Still, senior administration officials remain certain that a cordial, productive, and diplomatic meeting between the heads of state is possible. The unprecedented meeting was arranged through a group of South Korean envoys who met with Kim in Pyongyang last month.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in first invited North Korea to a summit in April in the DMZ, which separates the two nations on the Korean Peninsula.
No specifics have yet emerged concerning the date or venue, with a 3rd country such as Mongolia or Sweden reportedly under consideration to host the talks.
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