On January 2 at the Central Government Complex in Seoul, Unification
Minister Cho Myoung-gyon proposed high-level government talks to North
Korea and called on the North to normalize the communications channel
at the truce village of Panmunjeom as soon as possible.
R.O.K. Government’s Proposal to hold Inter-Korean Government
Talks, January 2, 2018
□ North Korea, through Kim Jong Un’s
New Year Address yesterday(1.1), raised the need to improve
inter-Korean relations. It further expressed its willingness to take
necessary measures including the dispatch of a delegation to the
PyeongChang Winter Olympics, and to immediately hold talks to
discuss such matters.
□ The R.O.K. Government proposes to
hold inter-Korean high-level government talks at Panmunjeom ｢Peace
House｣ on January 9 to discuss issues including the North’s
participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, considering that
it is a month away from now.
o We hope South and North Korea can
sit face to face and candidly discuss on issues of mutual interest
concerning the improvement of inter-Korean ties, along with the
North’s participation to the Winter Olympics.
o Furthermore, the R.O.K.
Government reiterates its willingness to talk with North Korea
regardless of time, place, or formality.
□ In order to discuss matters on
holding inter-Korean talks, South-North communications channel at
Panmunjeom must be normalized immediately. We suggest that detailed
procedures including the agenda and formation of delegation be
discussed through the Panmunjeom communications channel.
□ We look forward to receiving a
positive response from the North.
* Unofficial translation