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North rejects Seoul’s ‘audacious initiative’: Pyongyang

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Kim Yo-jong dismissed the Yoon Suk-yeol administration’s plan as the “height of absurdity” and labeled it as nothing but a copy of the former conservative Lee Myung-bak government’s approach, dubbed “Vision 3,000: Denuclearization and Opening,” which ended in failure more than a decade ago, Yonhap news agency.

 Sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has made clear that her regime will never accept the South Korean government’s “audacious initiative” that seeks to help Pyongyang improve its economy in return for denuclearization steps, according to state media Friday.

That vision was aimed at helping the North increase its per capita income to US$3,000 in a decade through comprehensive aid if it gives up its nuclear program and opens up its borders.

Kim also lambasted Yoon by name, saying “We don’t like” him before evaluating Seoul’s policy toward Pyongyang in the English-language statement, titled “Don’t have an absurd dream” and carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

His scheme is” the height of absurdity as it is an impracticable one to create mulberry fields in the dark blue ocean,” said Kim, who is known to be in charge of inter-Korean affairs as vice department director of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea.

“Though he may knock at the door with what large plan in the future as his ‘bold plan’ does not work, we make it clear that we will not sit face to face with him,” she said in the lengthy tirade.

It came four days after Yoon used his Liberation Day speech to lay out some details of the plan, one of his key campaign pledges, aimed at helping the impoverished North develop its economy in the event that it takes denuclearization steps.

Yoon’s offers included a bold program of economic assistance, development and infrastructure investment, Yonhap reported.

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