North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister and close aide said Saturday her country can improve relations with South Korea if the two respect each other, the official Korean Central News Agency said.
Kim Yo Jong said in a statement that only when there is understanding between the two sides, such issues as re-establishing the joint liaison office and holding summits for improving relations would see "meaningful and successful solution one by one at an early date through constructive discussions," according to the report by KCNA.
"I felt that the atmosphere of the south Korean public desiring to recover the inter-Korean relations from a deadlock and achieve peaceful stability as soon as possible is irresistibly strong," she was quoted as saying.
However, she emphasized the statement is her personal view.
Kim Yo Jong also referred to "arms buildup" by the United States and South Korea and claimed they are a blunt disregard of the sovereignty of North Korea.
"South Korea must not try to upset the balance of military force on the Korean Peninsula with such illogical and childish absurd assertion just as the U.S. does," she was also quoted as saying.
Earlier this week, Kim Yo Jong said in a statement that the 1950-1953 Korean War should not be terminated as long as there are "double-dealing standards" and "prejudice" against North Korea.