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Sunday 20 April 2014

North Korea wants to create 'atmosphere of reconciliation' with South Korea

Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary who has been detained in North Korea for more than a year, meets a limited number of media outlets in Pyongyang, in this photo taken by Kyodo January 20, 2014. U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae, imprisoned in reclusive North Korea for more than a year, said on Monday he wants to return to his family as soon as possible and hopes the United States will help, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported. Mandatory credit   REUTERS/Kyodo (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS) 
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Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary who has been detained in North Korea for more than a year, meets a limited number of media outlets in Pyongyang

The National Defence Commission of North Korea has penned a letter to neighbouring South Korea, reportedly indicating the desire for peace.

The DNK's new agency reports that the letter asks "to create an atmosphere of reconciliation and unity," according to CNN.

They also state the willingness to "completely halt hostile military acts, realize the reunion of separated families and relatives, ... and re-energize multi-faceted north-south cooperation and exchanges."

It comes just hours after North Korea has opened its Pyongyang Marathon to Americans on April 13.

Meanwhile, American missionary Kenneth Bae, who is still being detained in the secretive state, has issued another plea to the US for his extradition home.

He called a press conference in which he stated: "I believe that my problem can be solved by close cooperation and agreement between the American government and the government of this country," he said.

Mr Bae was sentence to 15 years of hard labour in November 2012 while leading a tour group in the isolated country and has been accused of crimes against the state.

Last year, he was moved to a hospital due to ill health.

The US State Departments urges against any travel by American citizens to North Korea.

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