Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon expounded on the outcome of the
2018 inter-Korean summit and the follow-up measures in an interview
with SBS Eight O’clock News on May 1.
Anchor: We are bringing you live updates on the Korean Peninsula
Now, we are joined by Unification Minister Cho
Myoung-gyon, who participated in the inter-Korean summit as a member
of the official entourage. He will tell us how the government intends
to follow up the Panmunjeom Declaration and relate some stories from
behind the scenes at the summit.
Q. Did North Korea refuse to establish liaison offices in Seoul and
Minister: No, it didn’t. The North’s position was
that the offices should be phased in depending on the progress in
inter-Korean relations. Indeed, North Korea agreed, in principle, that
liaison offices should be established in Seoul and Pyeongyang.
Q. Is it highly likely that a joint liaison office will be installed
in the Gaeseong Industrial Complex (GIC)?
Minister: I think we
first need to discuss a specific location for the office with the
North, though the GIC is certainly one of the most promising
possibilities because it has necessary facilities and is easy to access.
Q. Will the South send electric power to the North again once the
liaison office is installed?
Minister: Before we make any
decision on that, I think we have to discuss such specific issues with
the North. The sanctions on the North involve electric power
transmission and may also be at issue with regard to resumption of the
GIC. The possibility of establishing a joint liaison office in
Gaeseong is separate from the resumption of the GIC.
Q. Did you experience any difficulties in the days leading up to the
Minister: We had some issues for the heads of state to
discuss, and denuclearization remained the most pressing of them all.
Thankfully, the discussion between the two leaders went well and was
wrapped up at the