Lee In-young “Proposal to North Korea to discuss the establishment of a video conference system… I hope you will respond.”

Minister of Unification Lee In-young. /photo = union

Unification Minister Lee In-young announced on the 30th that the government had proposed to the North to discuss the establishment of a video conference system. It is interpreted as reflecting the will of the Moon Jae-in government to actively promote inter-Korean dialogue through the establishment of a video conference system following restoration of inter-Korean communication lines.

Minister Lee In-young said, “Yesterday (29th), our side proposed to the North through our liaison office to discuss the issue of establishing a video conference system,” said Minister Lee In-young at a meeting with the reporters from the Ministry of Unification held at the government complex in Jongno-gu, Seoul to commemorate the first anniversary of his inauguration this morning. “The North has received the document containing our proposal,” he said. “I hope that the North will respond positively so that a video conference system can be established as soon as possible.”

Minister Lee gave meaning to the restoration of the communication line through an agreement between the leaders of the two Koreas on the 27th, the first anniversary of his inauguration, and mentioned three immediate follow-up measures to be pursued by the Ministry of Unification in the future.

First, Minister Lee said, “We will go one step further from the resumption of communication channels and build a video conference system in the North on the 29th yesterday (29th), so that inter-Korean dialogue can be possible even in the face of the coronavirus, such as video talks and face-to-face talks. He announced that he had offered to negotiate.

Minister Lee said, “As communication channels between the two Koreas have been restored, we will proceed with the preparations for dialogue at any time while discussing our plans for establishing a communication channel with the North.”

In addition, Minister Lee said, “I plan to resume approval of the export of humanitarian cooperation materials from non-governmental organizations from today.” As a result, the Ministry of Unification’s approval for export, which had been temporarily suspended due to the murder of an official of the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries in September last year, will resume after 10 months.

Minister Lee said, “There have been continuous requests from humanitarian cooperation organizations, and the decision will be made comprehensively considering the situation in North Korea, especially the urgency of health and nutritional products. If the requirements are met, we will continue to approve them,” he explained.

In particular, he said, “We clearly state that we will not involve any political intentions in the process of humanitarian cooperation. As communication channels between the authorities have been restored, I hope that this momentum will lead to the resumption of inter-Korean exchanges and cooperation.” emphasized.

In addition, Minister Lee said, “Even before the inter-Korean summit, we would like to explore the exchange of information on urgent matters needed by both North and South Korean residents through the communication channels that have been opened now.” “First, weather information such as heavy rain and typhoons, and the discharge of shared rivers We will start by looking for ways to promote the exchange of information related to disasters, such as prior notification, and the resumption of information exchange on infectious diseases that the two Koreas have already agreed upon,” he said.

The purpose is to create a foundation for greater cooperation, starting with communication in areas directly related to the daily lives of the residents of the two Koreas.

Minister Lee said, “As communication channels between the two Koreas have been reopened with difficulty, the minimum level of cooperation has been laid for the normalization of inter-Korean relations. We will focus on stabilizing and consolidating the

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