North Korea says peace 'dearer than anything else'
SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea's top military official said Pyongyang did not want war and valued peace above all, as the two Koreas forge ahead with plans for their first family reunions in three years.
Friday's agreement to hold the reunion event next month has deepened signs of rapprochement after months of tension, with Pyongyang also offering to revive a joint industrial project with Seoul.
"Peace is dearer to us than anything else as our general goal is to build an economic power and improve the standard of people's living," Choe Ryong Hae, vice marshal of the Korean People's Army, said at a political meeting in Pyongyang on Saturday.
The comment was relayed by the North's news wire KCNA, which said the meeting was an annual event to celebrate the Songun (army-first) policy set by late leader Kim Jong-Il.