A pro-North Korean newspaper said Wednesday a change of government in South Korea was unlikely to derail reconciliation efforts between the longtime rivals.
Last week Lee Myung-bak of the conservative Grand National Party was elected South Korea's president. There has been some speculation by critics that the pace of inter-Korean reconciliation may slow with Lee as head of state, since his party has been critical of the previous government's policy to engage Pyongyang.
"North Korea remains firm in its commitment toward the development of inter-Korean relations," said the Choson Sinbo newspaper said.
"It is needless to say that inter-Korean agreements should be faithfully implemented despite a change of government in South Korea," said the Tokyo-based newspaper, considered a mouthpiece for the communist regime in Pyongyang.
South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun met North Korea's Kim Jong Il in October at the second-ever summit between the leaders of the two Koreas. The meeting produced wide-ranging accords calling for peace and outlining a series of joint projects.
Lee has said he would help Pyongyang revive its moribund economy if it abandons its nuclear programs and embraces reform and openness.
The Korean War ended in a 1953 cease-fire, leaving the sides technically at war.