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Unification Minister Kim participates in luncheon meeting with Ministry of Unification press corps

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2019-05-21
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Unification Minister Kim participates in luncheon meeting with Ministry of Unification press corps

Unification Minister Kim Yeon Chul participated in a meeting with 60 correspondents usually posted at the Ministry of Unification at the AW Convention Center in Jongno-gu, Seoul. This was the first such meeting since his inauguration. Minister Kim gave the correspondents a basic explanation of the government’s policy on North Korea and had a Q&A session with them.

Regarding food aid to North Korea, the Unification Minister said, “A hungry child knows nothing about politics. Humanitarian assistance should be based on humanitarian principles, nothing more nothing less. The general consensus in the international community is that politics should have no bearing on humanitarian aid.” He continued, “The government is gathering opinions at various levels regarding the timing, scale, and means of assistance. In the meantime, I will prepare for working-level matters that need to be considered by the Ministry of Unification.”

Minister Kim said, “The Ministry will more actively communicate with and more often gather opinions from various policy customers including humanitarian organizations and religious groups.” He added that to this end, he will revive a “public-private policy council.”

Minister Kim promised to actively press ahead with policy for separated families in light of the pressing urgency of their situation. He said, “Time is necessarily limited for handling the issues of separated families, so I will take particular interest in addressing them.”

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