Russia has reportedly expressed support of inter-Korean dialogue after the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said that the North is open to discussions.
According to the Russian news agency TASS on Saturday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov informed the press that he is getting signals from North Korea that Pyongyang is interested in normalizing relations with South Korea.
Lavrov, who is attending the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York City, reportedly said that Moscow has always supported dialogue between the two Koreas, while the United States administration, which tried to control the whole process, was not always supportive.
The top diplomat then expressed hope that under the new circumstances, the Biden administration will prepare more "constructive steps" that will help encourage normal inter-Korean contact.
On Saturday, Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the North Korean leader, said in a statement that North Korea is open to discussions of a new inter-Korean summit, declaring a formal end to the Korean War, and the reestablishment of the joint inter-Korean liaison office if mutual respect can be assured.