OREANDA-NEWS. The Ministry of Unification of the two Koreas called on the DPRK to start the new year with a step towards dialogue and cooperation, said the representative of the department Lee Jong-joo. The corresponding appeal was made on the eve of the plenary session of the Central Committee of the Worker's Party of the DPRK, Yonhap news agency reports.

«We hope that North Korea will start the new year by opening the doors to dialogue with the international community, and will take a step forward for interaction and cooperation», Lee Jong-joo said at a briefing.

According to North Korean media, it is planned to make a decision on work plans in 2022 at a meeting of the Central Committee of the Worker's Party of the DPRK. Earlier, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that the country is ready to announce the end of the Korean War of 1950-1953 together with the DPRK, China and the United States. However, negotiations on this issue have not yet begun due to Pyongyang's demand for Washington to abandon its «hostile policy».

The Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. Formally, the DPRK, which is supported by the PRC and South Korea, whose ally is Washington, are at war and in tense relations.