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Press Briefings

Regular Briefing by Spokesperson Yoh Sangkey

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Date: Monday, February 10, 2019
Time: 10:30-10:40 A.M.

1. Minister's Schedule

Minister Kim Yeon Chul will attend the cabinet meeting tomorrow(Feb. 11) at 9 A.M.

2. Vice Minister's Schedules

Vice Minister Suh Ho will deliver words of encouragement at an event held by the Gaeseong Industrial District Foundation tomorrow(Feb. 11) at 9:40 A.M.

On Thursday(Feb. 13), Mr. Suh will attend the vice-ministers’ conference at 10:30 A.M.

3. Q&A (Partial)

Q. It has been four years since the complete shutdown of the Gaeseong Industrial Complex, and a press conference calling to reopen the complex is scheduled to be held today. What is the Unification Ministry’s stance regarding this issue?

A. Normalizing the Gaeseong Industrial Complex is necessary as it is an important means of improving inter-Korean relations and settling peace on the Korean Peninsula. The Government, along with the international community, will continue to make efforts to set environments for the reopening of the complex.

Q. What is the Unification Ministry’s position on the ROK-US Working Group meeting, and is private tourism of ROK citizens to North Korea a subject of the meeting?

A. On the occasion of Deputy Special Representative for North Korea Alex Wong’s visit to Seoul, South Korea and the U.S. are holding Director-General level talks. At this meeting, the two sides are to discuss the North’s nuclear issue as well as inter-Korean relations.

As consistently noted, individual tours of ROK citizens to the North is a matter that does not call for an agreement from the U.S. However, the ROKG may offer explanations on cooperation terms.

Q. With almost a year having passed since the North Korea-U.S. Hanoi Summit, how does the ROK Government evaluate current and future DPRK-U.S. relations? Also, what efforts are being made by the South Korean Government to improve relations between Pyeongyang and Washington?

A. The ROKG looks forward to progress in U.S.-North Korea relations, and expects that improvements can help resolve current issues on the Korean Peninsula. In this regard, we are seeking an active role.

Q. Will Seoul explain its position regarding the connection of railroads and roads to the U.S. at the working group talks?

A. It is our understanding that President Moon Jae-in’s initiative to pursue inter-Korean cooperation, mentioned in the New Year’s address, will be discussed. This will likely include connecting South-North railroads and roads, as well as border area cooperation.