PYONGYNG, June 27. /TASS/. North Korea has invited South Korea to hold a joint conference on reunification issues in Pyongyang or Kaeson. The conference would be timed for the 71st anniversary of Korea’s liberation, to be marked on August 15. The initiative was proposed by North Korea’s preparatory committee, established to provide assistance in holding this event, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) has said. The country’s leader Kim Jong-un has appointed senior government members, politicians and heads of North Korean organizations to lead the committee.
In its open message to the authorities, parties, non-governmental organizations and individuals of the Republic of Korea the committee said that such a conference would help put an end to confrontation between compatriots in the North and the South and help achieve peace and security in the Korean Peninsula. According to the document Pyongyang suggests opening the conference on August 15.
According to the message North Korea is prepared to consider any initiatives by the South concerning the venue and timing of this forum, agenda and list of participants.
Also, the committee suggested convening in July a working meeting of delegations from Koreans resident in the North, the South and elsewhere for forming a national board for holding a joint conference. Pyongyang hopes that the South Korean authorities will make a "positive response to this sincere proposal from the DPRK.".