Gov’t Likely to Reopen Inter-Korean Liaison Office at Panmunjeom

Write : 2017-05-17 13:29:19 Update : 2017-05-17 14:09:01

Gov’t Likely to Reopen Inter-Korean Liaison Office at Panmunjeom

The government is likely to reopen an inter-Korean liaison office at the truce village of Panmunjeom.
Vice President Yang Moo-jin of the University of North Korea Studies made the remarks on Wednesday, adding that the reopening of the liaison office should be the starting point for the resumption of inter-Korean dialogue.
The Panmunjeom liaison office has remained closed for one year and three months since the inter-Korean Gaeseong Industrial Complex was shut down in February last year.
Yang, who served as a special advisor on foreign affairs for President Moon-Jae-in during his election campaign, said that it is too passive to wait for North Korea to request the reopening of the liaison office.
He stressed that a more realistic way is for South Korea to first send a message calling for respecting each other's system in line with the spirit of the June 15th and the October fourth South-North joint declarations, and in response, for North Korea to normalize the operation of the liaison office.
He also said that the new government’s key tasks for achieving a peaceful Korean Peninsula include the resumption of inter-Korean dialogue, the resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue and the establishment of a peace system, as well as economic, social and cultural exchanges between the two Koreas.
Yang presented other tasks, such as improving systems for boosting inter-Korean cooperation and supporting North Korean escapees in South Korea. 

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