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President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday touted a recent breakthrough between the two Koreas, saying its thorough implementation starting with a fresh round of reunions of separated families would bring the peninsula closer to lasting peace and eventually a unification.
The sides are scheduled for a working-level meeting on Sept. 7 at the border village of Panmunjeom to arrange the family reunions, following their three-day high-level talks that ended last Tuesday.
“If we safeguard the hard-won agreement, we will be able to break the vicious cycle of tension that has persisted throughout the 70-year division, and move toward a path of peace and unification on the peninsula,” the president said during a Cabinet meeting at Cheong Wa Dae.
“Before all, I hope that the family reunions will take place without setbacks so that the aging separated families can fulfill their long-cherished wishes. We should open the door wide for their exchanges starting with this forthcoming session.”
President Park Geun-hye speaks at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday at Cheong Wa Dae. (Yonhap)
The marathon negotiations salvaged the peninsula from the verge of an armed clash. Seoul officials have been trumpeting the six-point accord as a milestone enshrining Pyongyang’s apology for a recent border land mine attack and steps to ward off a relapse, despite lingering controversy over its interpretation.
While pledging to focus on cranking up the economy and reform plans such as on labor, education and finance, Park praised the 86 young soldiers who had requested to delay their discharge from the military as cross-border tension hit new highs.
Despite the diminishing strain, Vice Defense Minister Baek Seung-joo remained adamant that the latest fence-mending dialogue could rather boost the rationale for the Kim Jong-un regime to press ahead with a major provocation to coincide with its planned celebration of the 70th anniversary of the launch of the ruling Workers’ Party on Oct. 10.
“The possibility that the North will stage a strategic provocation such as a long-range ballistic missile launch or nuclear test has increased somewhat since the agreement,” Baek said in an interview with Kyodo News.
“That’s because many people say that the agreement left North Korea with egg on its face,” he added, vowing to employ “all retaliatory steps including a restart of propaganda broadcasts” along the Demilitarized Zone in the event of a provocation.
His unrefined choice of words aside, the remarks sparked controversy as they run counter to the burgeoning mood for long-awaited reconciliation and do not reflect the overall government assessment, Defense Ministry officials said.
The October event remains set to be a barometer for future inter-Korean ties — and the core of the recent breakthrough. The possibility of a provocation was initially floated by Defense Minister Han Min-koo months ago but Seoul officials appear to have been refraining from making comments that potentially provoke Pyongyang.
Ministry spokesperson Kim Min-seok sought to downplay Baek’s remarks, saying they were not from “high-level intelligence” but meant to be a “general statement” based on outside experts.
By Shin Hyon-hee (email@example.com)
The Korea Herald
President Park Geun-hye said Tuesday that South and North Korea can move toward peace and unification if they honor a recent deal that defused tensions.
The deal reached last week between the two Koreas after days of marathon negotiations set the stage for inter-Korean dialogue and reunions of families separated since the 1950-53 Korean War.
The two Koreas are set to hold Red Cross talks on Sept. 7 to arrange the reunions around Chuseok, a major holiday that is celebrated in both Koreas and falls on Sept. 27.
“We can move toward the path of cooperation for peace and unification on the Korean Peninsula if we implement this hard-won agreement well,” Park said in a Cabinet meeting.
She also expressed hope that the two Koreas can stage the upcoming reunions without a hitch to ensure separated family members can resolve their deep sorrows.
Hundreds of thousands of Koreans have been separated since the Korean War, which ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty.
Family reunions are a pressing humanitarian issue on the divided peninsula, as most separated family members are in their 70s and 80s, and wish to see their long-lost relatives before they die.
Park said the upcoming reunions can open the path through which separated family members of the two Koreas can meet, in an apparent reference to regular reunions.
Last week, the two Koreas agreed to hold reunions of separated families in the future.
Park also renewed calls for efforts to revive South Korea’s faltering economy and to reform the labor sector.
“It is our responsibility to create decent jobs for our young people,” Park said.
Data showed the unemployment rate for people between the ages of 15 to 29 reached 9.4 percent in July, compared with the 3.7 percent average for the country as a whole.
She warned that everybody would stand to lose unless labor reform is made, noting that labor reform is a public demand that no one can defy.
Businesses and the government have called for greater flexibility in the hiring and firing of workers to cope with labor market duality — the difference in pay and job security between regular and non-regular workers.
South Korea’s labor unions have argued that more must be done to reduce the number of irregular workers instead of just striving to weaken the job security of regular workers.
Park told officials to ensure all public companies will introduce a wage peak system by the end of the year, calling it “a must, not a choice,” according to presidential spokesman Min Kyung-wook.
The system is meant to provide job security for older employees through a gradual reduction in wages after a certain age. The money saved can be used to hire more young people.
South Korea is set to raise the retirement age of workers in January to 60 from 58, a move that experts say could make companies hold off hiring new workers. (Yonhap)
The Korea Herald
The Korean Red Cross said Tuesday it has kicked off the process to confirm the fate of more than 66,000 South Korean family members who were separated by the 1950-53 Korean War and are known to be alive in a bid to prepare for an upcoming family reunion event.
The Korean Red Cross said that it has begun a 15-day project to contact separated family members who are believed to be alive and ask whether they will agree to exchange a list of separated family members with the North.
More than 129,600 people are registered in the government’s database as applicants for the family reunions as of end-2014, and half of them are reported to have died.
South and North Korea have agreed to resume the much-awaited reunions of separated families on the occasion of Korea’s fall harvest holiday slated for late September. The family reunions have not been held since early 2014.
Red Cross officials from the two Koreas will have working-level talks next Monday at the truce village of Panmunjom.
The list of separated families will be delivered to North Korea if the two sides reach an agreement on the details over the reunion.
A Unification Ministry official said the agenda for the working-level talks will likely include ways to hold the family reunion events on a regular basis.
Whether a video-based reunion will be allowed to be resumed may be handled Monday, but nothing has been decided yet, the official said on the background.
Since the first inter-Korean summit in 2000, the two Koreas have held 19 rounds of face-to-face family reunion events so far, including the last one in February 2014.
Seven rounds of video-based reunions have been held, which makes it easier for separated family members with health problems or living in provincial areas to take part.
The ministry official said that it is highly likely that North Korea would propose a meeting room at Mount Kumgang in the North as the venue for the upcoming reunion event. Given the time needed for the event, the reunion is likely to be held in October. (Yonhap)
The Korea Herald
Top South Korean and U.S. diplomats have agreed that China’s “constructive” role is of importance for peace and security on the Korean Peninsula, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se held 30-minute talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on the sidelines of the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic held in Anchorage, Alaska, on Monday (local time).
Their meeting, the third this year, came amid concerns over the impact of President Park Geun-hye’s trip to China this week to the Seoul-Washington alliance. Park plans to attend a massive military parade in Beijing on Thursday.
The U.S. views the event as designed to show off China’s growing military power. President Barack Obama has rejected Beijing’s invitation.
Kerry, however, “expressed sufficient understanding” on the implication of Park’s decision on regional security, according to the ministry.
Yun and Kerry “emphasized the importance of China’s constructive role” in that regard, it added.
They also agreed to cooperate closely for successful summit talks between Park and Obama scheduled to be held in Washington in October.
U.S. officials said Yun and Kerry pledged to continue joint efforts to deal with North Korea.
“They had a productive discussion on plans for Republic of Korea President Park’s upcoming visit and a broad range of bilateral, regional and global issues,” a senior State Department official said on background.
The secretary reaffirmed the Obama administration’s close coordination with the South on the North and expressed appreciation about Seoul’s contributions on addressing global challenges, the official said.
In the talks, meanwhile, Yun gave Kerry a surprise gift — a framed photo of a young pine tree that will be delivered to the secretary later through the U.S. Embassy in Seoul.
The tree will then be planted in the garden of the secretary’s house in Boston, officials said.
Yun chose the gift as Kerry showed keen interest in a pine tree at the minister’s official residence in Seoul during his visit there in May.
“The young tree itself is not that expensive but it’s highly meaningful as a symbol of the ‘evergreen alliance’ between the two countries,” a South Korean official accompanying Yun said. (Yonhap)
The Korea Herald
South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed Monday that the two countries will continue to coordinate closely on North Korea, the State Department said.
The two top diplomats met in Anchorage, Alaska, on the sidelines of the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic that the U.S. hosted to focus world attention on climate change affecting the polar region and discuss ways to curb it.
“They had a productive discussion on plans for Republic of Korea President Park’s upcoming visit and a broad range of bilateral, regional, and global issues,” a senior State Department official said on background, referring to President Park Geun-hye’s October visit to the U.S.
“The Secretary reaffirmed our continuing close coordination with the ROK on North Korea, expressed appreciation for the ROK’s contributions to addressing global challenges, and welcomed future opportunities to deepen the U.S.-ROK global partnership,” the official said.
The official did not provide any more details.
But the two sides were believed to have exchanged views on the security situation on the Korean Peninsula and how to deal with North Korea, as their meeting came about a week after the two Koreas defused heightened military tensions with a landmark peace agreement. (Yonhap)
The Korea Herald
The Unification Ministry said Monday that next week South and North Korea plan to discuss ways to hold reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War on a regular basis.
In a landmark deal, the two Koreas agreed last week to resume the much-anticipated reunions of separated families on the occasion of Korea’s fall harvest holiday slated for September. The family reunions have not been held since early 2014.
Officials from the two Korea’s Red Cross are scheduled to have working-level talks next Monday at the truce village of Panmunjom.
The ministry said that the agenda for the working-level talks will include details over the upcoming reunions and ways to hold family reunion events on a regular basis.
“The main agenda will focus on the preparation for the upcoming event, but also how to regularize the family reunions will be dealt with,” Jeong Joon-hee, ministry spokesman, said in a regular press briefing.
Jeong said that the government plans to do its best to hold the event as early as possible near the Chuseok holiday which falls on Sept. 27, given the aspirations of families in the South to meet their family members in the North.
The issue of the family reunions is the most emotional and pressing humanitarian matter as most of the surviving family members are aged over 70.
The ministry said that the number of South Koreans who have applied for family reunions reached some 129,000 as of end-December in 2014. Of those applicants, a total 68,264 people are alive while the remainder have passed away.
Since the first inter-Korean summit in 2000, the two Koreas have held 19 rounds of face-to-face family reunion events so far, including the last one held in February 2014. (Yonhap)
The Korea Herald