Two Koreas’ civil organizations to hold joint event in N. Korea

SEOUL, Sept. 9 (Yonhap) -- A pro-unification civil organization in South Korea will hold a joint event with its North Korean counterpart next month to call for sincere implementation of April's inter-Korean summit agreement for permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, officials said Sunday.

The Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation (KCRC) said in a statement that it accepted a proposal from its North Korean counterpart of the same name to hold the joint event at the North's Mount Kumgang resort in late October.

The event will be a meeting of the KCRCs of the South and the North for the implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration that President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un issued after their historic April 27 summit, the statement said.

The two sides agreed to hold discussions via fax and email to work out further details, it said.

Officials said the two sides decided to hold the event at the North's mountain resort because it is where the first inter-Korean tourism program began and because they hope for the early resumption of the long-suspended program.

The South's government halted the program in 2008 after a South Korean tourist was shot dead by a North Korean guard. The tour program and the now-shuttered factory park in the North's border city of Kaesong were prominent symbols of inter-Korean rapprochement launched after the first-ever summit of the two sides in 2000.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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