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Archives of Inter-Korean Talks to be Released to the Public on a Trial Basis

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Archives of Inter-Korean Talks to be Released to the Public on a Trial Basis

 

□ The Ministry of Unification will disclose a portion of archives of inter-Korean talks for the first time in history. A total of 1652 pages of documents from August 1970 to August 1972 (Volumes II and III of Archives of Inter-Korean Talks) are to be released on May 4, 2022.

 

[Note: The first volume does not include documents of inter-Korean talks. It is a set of public claims and proposals on unification of the South and the North from 1945 to 1969 and was not included for trial public disclosure along with other two volumes.]

 

□ The Unification Ministry has decided to disclose archives of inter-Korean talks 30 years after they were created or received in order to raise the public’s right to know and strengthen transparency in promoting North Korea policy.

 

o To this end, the Ministry enacted and implemented the Ordinance of “Regulations on the Disclosure of Archives for Inter-Korean Talks” on January 1. The Ministry conducted preliminary examination, consulted with relevant organizations, and held the ‘deliberation council on disclosing inter-Korean talks archives’ before the archives are open to public on a trial basis.

 

□ The disclosed archives include the first contact between South and North Korean delegates of Red Cross since the national division and 25 rounds of inter-Korean Red Cross preliminary talks.

   * The contents of 829 pages of Volume II include the first to fifth contact with inter-Korean Red Cross delegates, the first to fifteenth Inter-Korean Red Cross preliminary talks.

   The Volume III with 823 pages includes the sixteenth to twenty-fifth inter-Korean Red Cross preliminary talks, the first to thirteenth working-level meetings on agenda drafts and the first to third working-level meetings on procedures.

 

□ The archives are available by visiting the archives reference room of the Office of Inter-Korean Dialogue, the National Institute for Unification Center, and the Information Center on North Korea located in Seoul.

 

Opening hours

1. The Office of Inter-Korean Dialogue

   - 09:30-17:00 (closed on weekends and holidays)

   - 20, Waryonggongwon-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, 03051

 

2. The National Institute for Unification Education

   - 09:30-17:00 (closed on weekends and holidays)

   - 123, 4.19-ro, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul, 01018

 

3. The Information Center on North Korea / 5th floor of the National Library of Korea

   - 10:00-18:00 (closed on public holidays, second and fourth Mondays)

   - 201 Banpodaero, Seocho-gu, Seoul, 06579

 

□ Starting with this trial disclosure of archives, the Unification Ministry plans to expand accessibility of archives of inter-Korean talks to the public in accordance with the regulations.