09/14/2020, 10.15
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Seoul hopes in resumption of inter-Korean operations in Kaesong

The appeal launched two years after the construction of the building that housed the Inter-Korean Liaison Office, which was destroyed by the North a few months ago. Relations between Seoul and Pyongyang are blocked following the failure of the dialogue between the North and the United States in 2019.

 

Seoul (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The South Korea Unification Ministry is calling for a resumption of inter-Korean operations in Kaesong. The appeal comes exactly two years after the construction of the building that the North blew up three months ago.

The office for inter-Korean relations was opened in the city of Kaesong in September 2018, after a meeting and an agreement between the Southern president Moon Jae-in and the leader of the North Kim Jong-un.

But a few months ago, in June, in response to the launch of anti-Pyongyang leaflets by activists from the South, the North blew up the building. A few days later, President Moon Jae-in accepted the resignation of Kim Yeon-chul, the Unification Minister. But the unification project remains alive.

In a press conference today, ministry spokesman Yoh Sang-key said: “We consider it very unfortunate that the two Koreas do not even have the minimum channel of communication and that this situation continues, as the operations of the Bureau of inter-Korean connection have been suspended ”.

"The government - he added - hopes that the inter-Korean liaison office will resume operations and that the communication channel between the two Koreas will be re-established as soon as possible".

Relations between Seoul and Pyongyang have been at a standstill since the failure of  dialogue between the North and the United States in 2019.

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