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2022 Government Work Plan

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고민석
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2021-12-23
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2022 Government Work Plan

“People-driven Change, Responsible Government”

The Government will establish and maintain peace,
through an uninterrupted peace process on the Korean Peninsula


◈ Pursue consistent policy on unification and North Korean issues and establish the foundation for sustainable peace and unification with the objective of restoring inter-Korean relations
◈ Restart the peace process and continue diplomatic efforts for substantial progress
◈ Establish an all-encompassing defense posture and guarantee the establishment of peace on the Korean Peninsula by implementing the September 19 Military Agreement

 


 <Key achievements over the past four and a half years and plans for 2022>

Three rounds of inter-Korean summits, two rounds of summits between the leaders of North Korea and the United States, and a summit meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas and the U.S. at Panmunjeom led to a virtuous cycle for inter-Korean relations and North Korea-U.S. relations, thereby laying the foundation for the denuclearization and the establishment of permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.

The Government will prepare to resume inter-Korean dialogue and cooperation at an early date by creating momentum for talks and pursuing the end-of-war declaration. It will also make efforts to restart the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.

The South and the North have done much to ease military tensions by faithfully implementing the Agreement on the Implementation of the Historic Panmunjeom Declaration in the Military Domain (September 19 Military Agreement). Building on this, the Government made efforts to build consensus on peace and unification among the public by providing hands-on opportunities through DMZ Peace Trails, the ‘DMZ Peace Trail Walking for Unification’ program, and expanded Panmunjeom tours.

It will carry out the September 19 Military Agreement while stably managing the situation on the Korean Peninsula under firm military readiness posture, and lay the foundation for sustainable policy on North Korea by increasing public participation in and access to matters involving North Korea and unification through the establishment of Unification Plus (+) Centers in a wide range of regions.


 

□ On December 20, the Government reported its 2022 Work Plan to the President. The report was made in writing on the theme of “Peace on the Korean Peninsula,” one of five main tasks the Government needs to work on until the end under the slogan, “Change brought together with the people, a Government fulfilling its responsibilities.”

□ The Ministry of Unification reported that it will focus on realizing an early restoration of inter-Korean dialogue and restarting the peace process on the Korean Peninsula by carrying out a consistent North Korea and unification policy.

 ○ It will concentrate its efforts on resuming inter-Korean dialogue at an early date through stable operation of communications lines including those through the South-North Joint Liaison Office. Under such grounds, the Ministry will strive to establish a video conference system between the two Koreas and prepare key agenda for the implementation of agreements made between the leaders of South and North Korea.

  - It will facilitate negotiations on denuclearization through inter-Korean dialogue and cooperation, and create an unwavering driving force for peace on the Korean Peninsula by comprehensively pushing forward with progress in inter-Korean relations, denuclearization and a peace regime.

□ The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that it will restart the peace process and continue diplomatic efforts to make substantial progress in realizing peace on the Korean Peninsula.

 ○ It will stably manage the situation on the Korean Peninsula through cooperation with major countries including China, Japan and Russia and the international community, as well as close coordination with the United States.

  - It will focus on efforts to resume dialogue with North Korea through creative and diverse engagement initiatives, thereby paving the way for the commencement of a sustainable denuclearization process.

□ The Ministry of National Defense reported that it will continue military support for achieving complete denuclearization and establishing permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula by faithfully implementing the September 19 Military Agreement.

 ○ While maintaining a firm military readiness posture, it will ensure military stability by ceasing hostile acts in border areas on land, at sea and in space.

  - It will continue efforts to carry out specific measures of the agreement including the excavation of the remains of soldiers killed in action during the Korean War in the DMZ, demilitarization of the Joint Security Area in Panmunjeom, and trial navigation of the Han River estuary.

□ In addition, each Ministry reported on its plans regarding key tasks it will pursue to carry on the achievements of the last four and a half years.

□ The Ministry of Unification reported on its plans to promote inter-Korean exchange and cooperation projects in each field, resolve humanitarian issues, and establish the foundation for sustainable peace and unification.

 ○ It will resume inter-Korean cooperation projects in various fields including the economic, social, cultural and sports sectors. It will also strengthen the foundation for stable exchange and cooperation by supporting projects pursued at the private and local administrative levels.

  - In particular, it will actively develop projects in line with the Covid-19 pandemic and recent environmental changes including climate change, and explore ways to pursue common benefits for both South and North Korea and cooperation with the international community.

 ○ It will continue to build a community of life and security on the Korean Peninsula in which the people of the two Koreas can co-exist and to strive to resolve humanitarian matters including the issues of separated families, North Korean defectors and North Korean human rights.

 ○ It will establish a platform for public-private cooperation and build another Unification Plus (+) Center in Chungcheong and Gyeonggi provinces. It will also build the Information Center on Unification to increase public access to unification and North Korea policy and lay the foundation for public diplomacy on peace and unification.

□ The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported on its plans to strengthen relations with four neighboring countries to realize peace on the Korean Peninsula, to carry out advanced diplomacy to take the lead in a post-pandemic era, to pursue “people diplomacy” to enhance daily life, and to practice strategic diplomacy for continued economic growth.

 ○ It will continue to develop the ROK-US alliance into a comprehensive alliance which does much for peace in the region and the world as well as on the Korean Peninsula. It will also pursue a mature, strategic cooperative partnership with China by exploring future-oriented development.

  - It will continue to strive for future-oriented development of relations between the ROK and Japan, and strengthen the strategic cooperative partnership between the ROK and Russia, which does much for peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula and in Eurasia.

 ○ To live up to the ROK’s enhanced international status, it will lead diverse international cooperation initiatives and strengthen leadership as a leading country in responding to climate change. It will also step up its efforts to diversify its diplomacy in line with the New Southern Policy and New Northern Policy.

 ○ Competition in high technology areas is intensifying and new security concerns including those regarding global supply chains are emerging. To actively respond to such changes, it will strengthen economic and security diplomacy, carry out science and technology diplomacy to spur innovation in the Korean economy, and step up diplomacy to support Korean firms as part of the nation’s economic recovery and revitalization.


 ○ In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, it will continue its efforts to protect the people by helping them resume normal daily life. It will also increase daily convenience through digital innovation of consular services, and actively pursue public diplomacy by making the best use of soft assets including K-culture.

□ The Ministry of National Defense reported on its plans to establish an all-encompassing defense posture, to guarantee the establishment of peace on the Korean Peninsula, to push ahead with the transfer of wartime operational control based on the ROK-US alliance, and to improve the defense environment so as to win trust from the general public.

 ○ It will faithfully implement the September 19 Military Agreement by actively carrying out the excavation of the remains at Baekmagoji within the DMZ, one of the biggest battlegrounds of the Korean War; tours to Panmunjeom; and visits to the DMZ Peace Trails which was made possible through the withdrawal of guard posts.

 ○ While maintaining a firm ROK-US combined defense posture, it will systematically and actively push ahead with the transfer of wartime operational control.

 ○ It will improve the service conditions of military personnel, the housing support system for career soldiers, and the military medical system; treat military veterans and war veterans with honor; and provide active support in the event of a national disaster, thus living up to the people’s expectations and creating a defense environment in which soldiers can devote themselves to service.

 ○ It will maintain a control and response capability against trans-national and non-military threats such as epidemics like Covid-19, natural disasters and terror attacks, and win the trust from the people, thus enhancing the status of the military.

□ Based on a firm defense posture, the Government will do its utmost until the end to build the foundation for complete denuclearization and sustainable peace by advancing the Korean peace process. It will also definitively implement the work plans as reported by each Ministry.


* Unofficial translation