Ministry of Unification “Creating the agenda for North Korea consultations”… Separated families, mention of vaccines

Ministry of Unification. /Photo = Daily NK

While the government proposed to the North to discuss establishing a video conference system, a high-ranking official at the Ministry of Unification announced on the 30th that “the list of agendas (consultations with North Korea) is currently being put in place.”

In relation to the meeting with reporters on the same day and the proposal to establish a video conference system with the North through the liaison office on the previous day (29th), the official said, “We have received a notice from our side from the other side, and I think we are reviewing it with this.” I don’t think there’s a big problem with that.”

The plan is to establish a video conference system with the restoration of the inter-Korean communication line on the 27th as an opportunity to first prepare a technical environment for stable dialogue with the North, but on the other hand, the government is said to be preparing an agenda to discuss with the North. .

In fact, this official said, “First of all, we are preparing a list of close to 30 (agenda),” and mentioned that the list should include reunions of separated families, support for COVID-19 vaccines, and discussions related to the inter-Korean joint liaison office.

First of all, regarding the plan for this year’s Chuseok reunion promotion plan, he said, “As a practical measure, we have not considered it as an imminent situation.” He said, “It is very important on the agenda and in some cases, if it is decided that it should be carried out in September, I think we should discuss it in the previous ranking. ” he said.

Considering the COVID-19 situation and the aging of separated families, direct face-to-face reunions may be difficult, but the video reunion system is already in place, so it will not take much time to prepare if only an agreement with the North is made.

In addition, the official said, “When asked if the government has reviewed it, there is no such question yet,” he said, “but I think it should be on the agenda.”

However, he also revealed the conditions for vaccine support to North Korea, saying that national consensus must be secured in the process of forming herd immunity in our society, and the intention of the North is also important.

He also mentioned that although the issue of the inter-Korean joint liaison office has not been discussed so far, it should be included on the agenda and discussed at an appropriate time in the future.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Unification approved two applications for the export of humanitarian cooperation materials from private organizations on the afternoon of the same day. In this regard, a high-ranking official at the Ministry of Unification explained, “Relatively cautious about the sea route with respect to the situation on the border between North Korea and China, there are circumstances that have begun, and there seems to be a possibility that the land route will be resumed.”

As North Korea has made a move to resume trade through sea routes, it means that humanitarian aid supplies from South Korean private organizations are expected to enter the North. In the midst of this, it is known that the Ministry of Unification has received nearly 20 applications for export approval.

The official said, “Since it was partially opened, there has been a continuous demand (from private organizations) to reopen it. said

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