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PLANS ON PURSUING N. KOREAN TOURS
입력 2020.01.16 (15:03) 수정 2020.01.16 (17:05) News Today
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After President Moon Jae-in's New year news conference, Seoul's policies on developing inter-Korean relations have also changed. South Korea says there are areas that the two Koreas can work on independently regardless of the U.S. and that it's willing to consider individual tours to the North. Seoul has pledged to promote individual tours for separated families first.

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In his New Year press conference, President Moon Jae-in reiterated his resolve to improve inter-Korean relations. One of the ways to do so is individual tours to North Korea. After the press conference, the South Korean government adjusted its policies on cross-border ties. It says it will give active consideration to individual tours to the North as long as there is safety guarantee for South Korean tourists.

[Soundbite] KIM EUN-HAN(SPOKESPERSON, MINISTRY OF UNIFICATION) : "We are considering individual tours on the precondition of safety guarantee."

The government will first of all consider individual trips to the North for the members of separated families. Seoul believes its proposal will receive international support given the urgency of the issue of separated family reunions. South Korea is also considering simplifying the procedure for traveling to North Korea. This includes granting permits to tourists who only have visas but no letters of invitation from the North. However, this requires thorough consideration, as tourists who visit the North solely on visas could face security issues. Winning the approval of the international community including the United States as well as of the South Korean public is also necessary.

[Soundbite] LIM EUL-CHUL(PROF., KYUNGNAM UNIVERSITY) : "To make individual tours happen, we need the support of the U.S. and North Korea's efforts to keep its denuclearization promise."

Although Seoul hopes Pyongyang will respond positively, it remains to be seen if individual tours to the North will be feasible or not, as the communist state currently refuses to have talks with the South.
  • PLANS ON PURSUING N. KOREAN TOURS
    • 입력 2020.01.16 (15:03)
    • 수정 2020.01.16 (17:05)
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PLANS ON PURSUING N. KOREAN TOURS
[Anchor Lead]

After President Moon Jae-in's New year news conference, Seoul's policies on developing inter-Korean relations have also changed. South Korea says there are areas that the two Koreas can work on independently regardless of the U.S. and that it's willing to consider individual tours to the North. Seoul has pledged to promote individual tours for separated families first.

[Pkg]

In his New Year press conference, President Moon Jae-in reiterated his resolve to improve inter-Korean relations. One of the ways to do so is individual tours to North Korea. After the press conference, the South Korean government adjusted its policies on cross-border ties. It says it will give active consideration to individual tours to the North as long as there is safety guarantee for South Korean tourists.

[Soundbite] KIM EUN-HAN(SPOKESPERSON, MINISTRY OF UNIFICATION) : "We are considering individual tours on the precondition of safety guarantee."

The government will first of all consider individual trips to the North for the members of separated families. Seoul believes its proposal will receive international support given the urgency of the issue of separated family reunions. South Korea is also considering simplifying the procedure for traveling to North Korea. This includes granting permits to tourists who only have visas but no letters of invitation from the North. However, this requires thorough consideration, as tourists who visit the North solely on visas could face security issues. Winning the approval of the international community including the United States as well as of the South Korean public is also necessary.

[Soundbite] LIM EUL-CHUL(PROF., KYUNGNAM UNIVERSITY) : "To make individual tours happen, we need the support of the U.S. and North Korea's efforts to keep its denuclearization promise."

Although Seoul hopes Pyongyang will respond positively, it remains to be seen if individual tours to the North will be feasible or not, as the communist state currently refuses to have talks with the South.
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