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2019 Ministry of Unification Work Plan

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Ministry of Unification will establish a solid foundation for peace and prosperity through sustainable development of inter-Korean relations

- 2019 Ministry of Unification Work Plan –

March 12, 2019

□ The Ministry of Unification reported, in writing, its 2019 Work Plan to the Presidential Office (Cheong Wa Dae) and the Office for Government Policy Coordination on February 24, 2019.

□ In 2018, South and North Korea produced a breakthrough for peace on the Korean Peninsula and development of inter-Korean relations.

o Through three summits, the two sides agreed to significantly improve inter-Korean relations and cooperate in pursuing complete denuclearization, thereby initiating a virtuous cycle of development of inter-Korean relations and progress in denuclearization.

o Inter-Korean relations have been restored and developed in the process of implementing agreements reached in inter-Korean joint declarations.

- Inter-Korean dialogue is now routinely conducted through high-level talks, sectoral meetings, and communication through the inter-Korean joint liaison office.

- Inter-Korean exchange and cooperation - including connection of railways and roads, joint survey of waterways in the Han River estuary, cooperation in forestry and healthcare, and exchange in sports, art and history - have been resumed and promoted.

- Efforts to resolve the agony of national division have continued through reunions of separated families and resumption of assistance to the North by non-government agencies.

o Additionally, efforts were made to garner and spread the public consensus on realizing peace and unification.

□ In 2019, the government will establish a solid foundation for peaceful coexistence and common prosperity through sustainable development of inter-Korean relations.

<Establish a solid foundation for peaceful coexistence and common prosperity through sustainable development of inter-Korean relations>

◾ Bolster the virtuous cycle of improvement in inter-Korean relations and progress in denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula
◾ Regularize and systematize inter-Korean dialogue and further institutionalize inter-Korean agreements
◾ Develop and expand exchange and cooperation in all fields of inter-Korean relations
◾ Address humanitarian and separated family issues fundamentally and comprehensively
◾ Build a public consensus, secure international support, and lay the groundwork for a consistent North Korea policy

□ To this end, the Ministry will carry out the following tasks.

① The Ministry will push ahead with inter-Korean dialogue to build peace.

ㅇ It will facilitate North Korea-US dialogue through inter-Korean dialogue, and further bolster the virtuous cycle of improvement in inter-Korean relations and progress in denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

ㅇ It will seek development in inter-Korean relations and progress in denuclearization, and address key issues through close communication between the leaders of the South and the North.

- It will develop a system to promote inter-Korean dialogue including high-level talks, sectoral working-level meetings, joint committees, and the inter-Korean joint liaison office.

② The Ministry will lay the foundation for the South-North Korean community.

ㅇ It will pursue cooperation projects for such purposes as connection of land routes (railways and roads), sea routes (joint use of the Han River estuary), and air routes; forestry cooperation; and peaceful use of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) so that the people can plainly see increasing exchange and cooperation.

ㅇ It will prepare for the reopening of the Gaeseong Industrial Complex and the resumption of Mount Geumgang tours within the framework of sanctions against North Korea and develop plans for the New Economic Initiative and joint special economic zones.

ㅇ It will continue to promote social, cultural, and sports exchange: the South and the North will work together to restore historical and cultural heritage and jointly bid to host the 2032 Olympics.

③ The Ministry will strive to substantially address humanitarian issues.

ㅇ It will seek to offer more opportunities for reunions of separated families by restoring the Reunion Center for the Separated Families at Mount Geumgang, holding regular reunions and video reunions, exchanging video messages; and continue to work to address the issues of Korean War POWs (prisoners of war), abductees and detainees.

ㅇ It will conduct daily-life oriented support program for North Korean defectors by supporting their settlement and self-reliance within their residential district.

ㅇ It will substantially promote human rights in North Korea by improving the quality of life for the North Koreans, and pursue cooperation among the government, non-government organizations, and the international community.

ㅇ It will facilitate humanitarian assistance for expecting mothers and infants in North Korea, and improve monitoring to secure transparency in distribution.

④ The Ministry will lay the groundwork for sustainable North Korea policy.

ㅇ It will push ahead with the National Unification Contract and implement peace and unification education for a brighter future of the Korean Peninsula.

ㅇ It will enlist the international community’s support for peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula by stepping up public diplomacy for peace and unification.

⑤ The Ministry will expand the legal basis for institutionalization of inter-Korean relations.

ㅇ It will establish a legal system that maintains stability in inter-Korean relations by rationalizing laws and inter-Korean agreements as appropriate depending on the progress in development of inter-Korean relations.

⑥ The Ministry will establish a comprehensive management system for archives of inter-Korean relations.

ㅇ It will systematically collect and manage important records of inter-Korean relations and make the data publicly available and easily searchable for the general public.

□ Based on these plans, the Ministry will duly take into consideration the North Korea-US and inter-Korean situation as it carries out its duties.

ㅇ It will do its best to lay a strong foundation for lasting peace and common prosperity on the Korean Peninsula and for sustainable inter-Korean relations.