President Park Geun-hye on Monday offered to help North Korea build infrastructure and join international organizations if it abandons its nuclear weapons.
Park made the offer in an interview with Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency at Cheong Wa Dae.
The interview came ahead of her trip to the G20 summit in St. Petersburg.
"If the South and the North build up trust in each other and denuclearization makes progress, I intend to provide support for North Korea to beef up infrastructure, such as communication, transportation and electricity, and to join international organizations," Park said.
She said although North Korea ratcheted up the threats earlier this year, the two sides were able to agree to reopen the joint Kaesong Industrial Complex and restart cross-border family reunions.
Park said it is a core principle of her administration to keep the window of dialogue open, so that she can help the North become a responsible member of the international community.
Russia 24 aired the interview on Wednesday afternoon.