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Unification Minister Cho gives a special lecture at the seminar on “North Korea-US Summit and Prospects for Development of Inter-Korean Relations”

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Unification Minister Cho gives a special lecture at the seminar on “North Korea-US Summit and Prospects for Development of Inter-Korean Relations”

Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon gave a special lecture at the seminar on “North Korea-US Summit and Prospects for Development of Inter-Korean Relations” at the National Assembly Members’ Office Building on March 5. The seminar was hosted by the Minjoo Party of Korea’s special committee on
economy, unification, and exchange on the Korean Peninsula.

Commenting on the outcome of the second North Korea-US summit, Minister Cho said that “The two sides did not reach an agreement but actually came a few steps closer toward the denuclearization of North Korea. It seems that the two sides were nearing agreement to establish a liaison office, declare an end to
the war, and repatriate the remains of US soldiers killed in the Korean War.” He added that “South Korea should coordinate different positions between North Korea and the US and propose a new idea to resolve the situation.”

With regard to inter-Korean exchange and cooperation projects, Minister Cho said that “Considering that there was no agreement at the North Korea-US summit, the government plans to carry out the projects that can be implemented within the framework of sanctions.” He specifically mentioned connection of
railways and roads, forestry cooperation, video reunions of separated families, exchange of video messages, joint excavation of Manwoldae Palace in Gaeseong, joint compilation of the “Gyeoremal Keunsajeon (Grand Dictionary of the National Language),” and other such projects.

As regards the resumption of tourism to Mount Geumgang and the reopening of the Gaeseong Industrial Complex (GIC), the Unification Minister said that “The government thinks that once inter-Korean economic cooperation resumes, it should first resume tourism to Mount Geumgang and reopen the GIC. It has yet
to begin consultations with the US, but it will discuss the issue.” For tourism to Mount Geumgang, he said more specifically that preparations must be made to restore facilities and to this end, sanctions should be lifted. With regard to the GIC, he said that business people involved with the GIC may be able to visit
the North for inspection and maintenance of facilities within the framework of sanctions and that the government will resolve the issue in consultation with the US.

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