In a formal notice sent to the South, the North conveyed Kim’s message that he feels „very sorry“ for greatly „disappointing“ President Moon Jae-in and other South Koreans with the occurrence of the „unsavory“ case in its waters, instead of helping them amid their suffering from the new coronavirus, according to Suh Hoon, director of national security at Cheong Wa Dae.
„We didn’t discuss details on inter-Korean energy cooperation with North Korean officials, but we found they are keen to such a partnership,“ Kim Jong-kap, chief executive of Korea Electric Power Corp., said in a statement.
For possible joint fisheries projects with Pyongyang, the ministry has already formed a task force composed of fishermen representatives, government officials and naval officers, he said.
The U.S. must realize that the more the inter-Korean relations improve, the better way the U.S. would have, and if things of other countries and nations go well, its things would also go well.
In view of the prestige of the DPRK in the international politics and the geo-political position of the Korean peninsula, the inter-Korean relations can be termed a key link in the chain of the world politics, and if the knot in the inter-Korean relations is untied, it will not be bad but good for the U.S.
At an April summit between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, they agreed to establish the office to „facilitate close consultation between the authorities as well as smooth exchanges and cooperation between the peoples.“
The statement also said parts needed for restoration were given to North Korea after South Korea received permission from the U.N. Security Council and the United States.
The ministry added that a military communication line on the Sea of Japan side, which was damaged in a forest fire in 2010, will also be restored in the near future.
The conciliatory mood opened up high-level military discussion between the two Koreas last month, where they restored the two militaries‘ communication lines that were severed for years. In continuing military talks, the two sides are likely to discuss further measures to allay military tension, including a withdrawal of North Korea’s menacing long-range artillery forces along the border with the South.
The South plans to send a three-member delegation led by Vice Transport Minister Kim Jeong-ryeol. His counterpart will be Vice Railroad Minister Kim Yun-hyok.
The two Koreas are also set for separate talks on road-related cooperation at Tongilgak, a Panmunjom pavilion on the northern side, on Thursday, in which the South will be represented by Kim. The North’s top delegate will be Pak Yong-ho, vice minister for environmental protection.
Some days ago, „Liberal Korea Party“ of south Korea (LKP) checked the adoption of a bill on supporting the Panmunjom declaration at the „National Assembly“ (NA).
Owing to the reckless moves, the bill was not even tabled at the full-dress session of the NA.
The reckless moves betray true colors of the group of LKP which goes against national reconciliation and unity, peace and reunification and seeks confrontation.
He especially called for efforts to make sure the benefits of growth are broadly shared.
„Still, there are many areas where we came too short to say the people’s lives are improving,“ Moon said, noting the average income of households in the lower 20 percent bracket has in fact decreased despite the 3.7 percent increase in the average income of all households in the first quarter.
North Korea has proposed holding high-level inter-Korean talks this week to discuss follow-up measures on agreements their leaders reached in a historic summit held last month, Seoul’s unification ministry said Tuesday.
The war began in 1950 and most fighting came to an end with an armistice three years later. But peace was never officially declared and the two countries have been officially at war ever since.
At their first summit in more than a decade, the two sides announced they would seek an agreement to establish „permanent“ and „solid“ peace on the peninsula.