PM praises progress on Korean peninsula

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Mr Hun Sen said the relationship between North and South Korea is improving. Supplied

Prime Minister Hun Sen has applauded last week’s meeting of North and South Korean leaders intended to reduce tensions on the peninsula.

Speaking at a graduation ceremony yesterday, Mr Hun Sen said the whole world has been concerned about the nuclear threat from North Korea.

The premier said the issue was discussed at a recent Asean meeting, and confirmed the government’s support for dialogue between the North and South.

“It is encouraging because the leaders of North and South Korea, who are like brothers, are seeking ways to hold dialogue with one another,” he said.

The Prime Minister’s comments came after a high-ranking delegation of North Korean officials met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last week at the presidential Blue House in Seoul.

Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and other senior officials were there to join the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics.

“All countries should encourage both Koreas to cooperate,” Mr Hun Sen said, adding that he was dissatisfied with some countries that did not back dialogue between the North and South.

Mr Hun Sen said dialogue between the Koreas would reduce tension on the peninsula, and added that relations were already getting better.

“The government of Cambodia would like to congratulate the Koreas on the improvement in their relations,” he said.

Yang Peou, political analyst and secretary-general of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, supported the government’s stance, saying Cambodia could act as an intermediary between both sides.

Mr Peou pointed out that if South Korea followed the lead of the United States and North Korea followed China, their problems were unlikely to be resolved.

He added that Cambodia had itself suffered a long civil war, so could use its experience to help North and South Korea find peace.

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