Unification Ministry’s stance regarding
Mount Geumgang and Gaeseong Industrial Complex
June 17, 2020
The ROK Government expresses deep regret over the North’s statement
issued by the spokesman for KPA General Staff, noting that it will
deploy military units to the Mt. Geumgang tourism zone and Gaeseong
The South and the North agreed through the ‘Pyeongyang Joint
Declaration of September 2018’ to “first normalize the Gaeseong
Industrial Complex and the Mt. Geumgang Tourism Project as conditions ripe.”
Accordingly, the Government has been making various efforts to
create favorable conditions, such as offering to start individual
tourism to North Korea and promoting business people’s visit to the
Gaeseong Industrial Complex.
The North ‘s announcement today is a move that regresses to the past
before signing the June 15 Joint Declaration in 2000, and is a clear
violation of the South Korean nationals’ property rights.
The North should take due responsibility for its action. The ROKG
urges the North to stop further exacerbating the situation.
* Unofficial translation