South Korean President Moon Jae-in has reiterated his commitment to improving his country's relations with North Korea.
Moon delivered a speech on Sunday in Seoul at a ceremony dedicated to the war dead, including those killed during the Korean War.
He mentioned the alliance with the United States that he confirmed in last month's summit with President Joe Biden. He said the partnership would allow his government to take a more proactive stance toward the changing international order and security conditions.
Moon said he and Biden had agreed that dialogue and diplomacy are the only ways to achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and permanent peace. He expressed his intention to take another "big step" toward that goal. Moon's term ends in less than a year.
In the speech, he made no mention of how the country is going to address its strained relations with Japan. The two nations are at odds over issues involving wartime labor and those referred to as comfort women.