S. Korea brushes off North's 'bland' New Year message
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea on Wednesday dismissed a rare New Year's message from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as "bland" despite his apparent overture to Seoul about reducing tensions.
"The message was bland and there were no ground-breaking proposals," Unification Minister Yu Woo Ik told reporters.
Mr Kim's speech on Wednesday was notable for being delivered in person, rather than through the state media as had been the tradition with his father and former leader Kim Jong Il who died in Dec 2011.
It was the first of its kind for 19 years, since the death of Mr Kim's grandfather and the North's founding president Kim Il Sung.