MOSCOW, January 13 (Sputnik) — South Korea does not seek to unify the two Koreas by the absorption of the North, a Seoul official said Tuesday.
According to the Ministry of Unification official, Seoul seeks the unification in a "step-by-step manner, based on autonomy, peace and democracy."
The ministerial official also stressed that South Korea will not intervene in the campaign by local activists to send DVDs of the controversial US comedy "The Interview," depicting an assassination attempt on the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in balloons across the border.
Last week, North Korea's National Defense Commission issued a statement demanding that Seoul come up with a clear position on the recent anti-Pyongyang leaflet campaigns and so-called plan to absorb the North. Pyongyang has repeatedly accused Seoul of attempting to absorb the North since the inauguration of South Korea's President Park Geun-hye in February 2013.
The process towards Korean reunification was started by the June 15th North–South Joint Declaration in 2000, where the two countries agreed to work toward a peaceful reunification in the future. However, this process has been met with many difficulties due to ongoing tension between the two countries.