Uni­fi­ca­tion Min­is­ter Cho to visit US for de­nuke is­sue

Cho set to dis­cuss in­ter-Korean af­fairs with Congress

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL - By Kim Bo-eun bkim@ko­re­atimes.co.kr

Uni­fi­ca­tion Min­is­ter Cho My­oung-gyon will visit the U.S. next week, to dis­cuss in­ter-Korean af­fairs with key gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and mem­bers of Congress there.

Cho will visit New York and Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Nov. 13 to 17, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry, Fri­day.

The min­is­ter will at­tend the Korea Global Fo­rum on Nov. 15 to de­liver a key­note speech there.

“In ad­di­tion, the plan is to meet with gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and mem­bers of Congress to dis­cuss in­ter-Korean re­la­tions and means to achieve peace on the Korean Penin­sula,” the min­istry said in a state­ment. Mor­ever, Cho will visit The Korea So­ci­ety and the Cen­ter for Strate­gic and In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies and speak with ex­perts there.

“The min­is­ter will also meet with Korean-Amer­i­cans there to share with them the gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy to­ward North Korea and en­hance their un­der­stand­ing and co­op­er­a­tion to­ward the is­sue of in­ter-Korean re­la­tions and uni­fi­ca­tion,” the min­istry said.

“We hope that through the uni­fi­ca­tion min­is­ter’s visit to the U.S., co­op­er­a­tion be­tween South Korea and the U.S. will be fur­ther strength­ened on the de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the Korean Penin­sula, the set­tle­ment of last­ing peace and im­prov­ing in­ter-Korean re­la­tions, and that there will be an ex­pan­sion in un­der­stand­ing and sup­port among Korean-Amer­i­cans there.”

The visit will take place at a time when progress is slow on de­nu­cle­ariza­tion talks be­tween North Korea and the U.S. A high-level meet­ing be­tween the two that was sched­uled to take place this week was post­poned a day af­ter the U.S. State Depart­ment con­firmed it would take place.

Mean­while, in­ter-Korean projects in­clud­ing in­spec­tions of rail­way sec­tions in the North have been put on hold. The Koreas agreed ear­lier to hold a ground­break­ing cer­e­mony for the project to con­nect rail­ways be­tween the South and North by late Oc­to­ber or early De­cem­ber.

The min­is­ter will likely at­tempt to seek to con­vince U.S. of­fi­cials of the need to ad­vance in­ter-Korean re­la­tions and af­fairs dur­ing his visit.

The uni­fi­ca­tion min­istry said an in­ter-Korean meet­ing of a team in­spect­ing roads will take place on Mon­day, to dis­cuss in­spec­tions of the roads along the east coast.

This is part of a project to con­nect roads of the South and North.


Uni­fi­ca­tion Min­is­ter Cho My­oung-gyon an­swers a law­maker’s ques­tion at a meet­ing to dis­cuss the min­istry’s bud­get plan for next year, at the Na­tional Assem­bly, Thurs­day.

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