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Inter-Korean joint liaison office to start operations on Friday Updated: 2018-09-13 06:56:21 KST

A contact office that enables communication between the two Koreas twenty-four-seven, all year round.
For the first time in history, South and North Korea will be running a joint liaison office together and it will be within the Kaesong Industrial Complex, a factory park the two Koreas ran together until February 2016.
The grand opening will take place on Friday with 50 to 60 attendees from each side of the border.
South Korea's unification minister Cho Myoung-gyon and his North Korean counterpart, Ri Son-gwon who heads the North's reunification committee, will be signing and exchanging an agreement on running the contact office.

"The office will be in charge of overseeing constant contact between the two Koreas, discussions for inter-Korean talks and providing support for civilian exchanges. Officials from the land, forest, and culture ministries will also be staying."

Vice ministerial-level officials from the two Koreas will be heading the office.
South Korea will be appointing the vice unification minister Chun Hae-sung as its head and North Korea plans to appoint its vice-head of the reunification committee as Chun's counterpart.
They will serve as representatives whenever meetings take place.
15 to 20 officials each from Seoul and Pyeongyang will be at the contact office.

"The joint liaison office will become an ordinary communication channel for improving inter-Korean relations, lowering military tensions and bringing peace to the Korean Peninsula. We expect it will contribute to keeping inter-Korean relations stable and helping North Korea-U.S. nuclear negotiations."

The joint liaison office can serve as the foundation for sustainable and institutionalized inter-Korean relations.
Seoul says the two Koreas aim to ultimately set up resident representative offices in each other's capitals.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.
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