More S. Korean delegates to visit Pyongyang for summit anniversary event

SEOUL, Oct. 3 (Yonhap) -- Nine members of a civic group devoted to inter-Korean cooperation will join South Korea's delegation to visit North Korea this week for a joint event to mark the 11th anniversary of the second inter-Korean summit in 2007, the Ministry of Unification announced Wednesday.

A group of government officials, politicians and civic and religious leaders will begin a three-day trip to Pyongyang on Thursday to attend the event to remember the summit between then-President Roh Moo-hyun and the North's leader Kim Jong-il.

The two leaders produced the Oct. 4 joint statement on easing border tensions and improving relations during the second-ever inter-Korean summit.

It was a sequel to the previous summit between President Kim Dae-jung and Kim Jong-il on June 15, 2000. A nongovernmental organization for the implementation of the first inter-Korean summit deal is still in operation.

"We have had constant consultations with the South Side Committee for Implementing the June 15 Joint Declaration (about participating in the Oct. 4 summit anniversary event). And nine members of the committee have decided to travel together to North Korea this time," the Ministry of Unification said.

Lee Chang-bok, who chairs the committee, will serve as a co-leader of the delegation along with five others, including Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon and Rep. Lee Hae-chan, chief of the ruling Democratic Party, it added.

The delegates are scheduled to fly to Pyongyang on Thursday morning via the direct flight route over the Yellow Sea.

The cost for their visit is estimated at 200-300 million won (US$178,000-267,000). The financial burden will be split by the government and related civilian groups, and the fee will be delivered to the North in euros after their trip.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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