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S. Korea's unification minister calls for N. Korea to return to talks Updated: 2020-09-16 17:08:30 KST

Unification minister Lee In-young has again called on Pyeongyang to stick to the agreements reached between the two Koreas following the two 2018 summits.
Expressing hope of reopening lines of communication and resuming open-minded dialogue, Lee said the agreements can be reached together.

"In order to carry out what was envisioned by the leaders of the two sides and start a fresh, joint efforts from the South and the North should continue to move things forward."

Lee's first Panmunjeom visit on Wednesday came just a few days before the second anniversary of the 2018 Pyeongyang Joint Declaration.
On September 19th, 2018, the leaders of the two Koreas shook hands, agreeing to denuclearization and to put an end to hostilities on the Peninsula.
As part of efforts to fulfill those wishes, the minister underlines that it's crucial to build trust among the two Koreas and the U.S.

"Inter-Korean cooperation in humanitarian areas including healthcare and climate change should be pursued throughout the year based on communication with Washingtonregardless of what the current situation is."

Minister Lee voiced hope for holding small-scale reunions of war-separated families at Panmunjeom and vowed to reopen DMZ tours once the pandemic calms down.
Inter-Korean relations, however, have been on hold since the Pyeongyang-Washington Hanoi Summit in February 2019 which ended without an agreement.
Ties are frostier than ever after the North blew up the joint liaison office in June in retaliation to anti-Pyeongyang leaflets being sent over the DMZ by activist groups in the South.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.
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