Seoul: South Korea`s President is calling for peace and cooperation with North Korea as the rivals try to set aside decades of animosity and pursue dialogue.
Officials from the United States and North and South Korea have begun tentative talks meant to restart long-stalled nuclear disarmament negotiations.
But tensions remain high. South Korea said last week that the countries exchanged artillery fire along their disputed maritime dividing line.
President Lee Myung-bak told South Koreans in a speech celebrating liberation from Japan`s 1910-1945 colonial rule that North and South Korea must move beyond the "age of confrontation" that has plagued them since the 1950-53 Korean war to "an age of peace and cooperation”.