Expert proposes peace cooperation zone within DMZ

SEOUL, A North Korea expert on Wednesday proposed creating an inter-Korean peace zone within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a 4 kilometer-wide and 248 km-long buffer zone between the two Koreas.

Lim Kang-taek, a senior researcher of the state-funded Korea Institute for National Unification, made the proposal at the DMZ Peace and Cooperation Forum organized by the Ministry of Unification in Seoul.

"In order to promote substantial and sustainable development of the DMZ, people of both Koreas should be allowed to engage in free exchanges with each other there," Lim said.

"Parts of the zone should be transformed into a so-called 'peace cooperation zone,' where South and North Korean people can have free contacts and exchanges with each other."

Lim explained that the peace cooperation zone could also be designated as a special unification zone and that commodity exchanges could be allowed on a limited basis in the early days.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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