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R.O.K. Government’s Proposal to hold Inter-Korean Government Talks


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 

MOU proposes a high-level meeting to the North