However, the leader, who died in December last year, also pressed North Korea to continue building its military and making weapons of mass destruction in order to maintain its power.
Extracts from Mr Kim’s final testament have reportedly been obtained by two think tanks in South Korea, highlighting his requested future legacy for the state as his son Kim Jong-un takes over at the helm.
The late Mr Kim requests North Korea to renounce war with its longstanding opponent South Korea, according to extracts obtained and made public by the Sejong Institute, a South Korean think-tank.
However, the alleged will also urges North Korea to wait in its pursuit of peace until a new leader comes to power in Seoul, with a reunification deemed impossible under the current regime of President Lee Myung-bak.
The document also emphasized Mr Lee’s belief that North Korea should try to avoid war due to the potential devastation it would cause, according to Kyodo News.
Meanwhile, he also urges North Korea to continue developing weapons of mass destruction in extracts of the will obtained by Lee Yun-keol, a high-profile North Korean defector and head of the NK Strategic Information Service Centre, a Seoul-based think tank.
"Keep in mind that constantly developing and keeping nuclear (weapons), long-range missiles and biochemical weapons is the way to keep peace on the Korean peninsula, and never drop your guard," the will said, according to extracts published in the Japanese weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun.
Mr Kim’s alleged hopes and desires for the future of his nation came to light at a critical time for North Korea, following the high-profile failure of its centenary celebration rocket launch and international censure for its actions.
Neighbours including Japan and South Korea s well as the United States are closely watching North Korea’s new leader for signs as to his future path at the helm of the isolated state.
Speaking in an interview with CNN, Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, said: "If he just follows in the footsteps of his father, we don't expect much other than the kind of provocative behavior and the deep failure of the political and economic elite to take care of their own people.
“But he is someone who has lived outside of North Korea, apparently, from what we know. We believe that he may have some hope that the conditions in North Korea can change. But again we're going to watch and wait.”
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