December 31, 2010 12:14
North Korea has faxed New Year's greetings to some 50 South Korean organizations and key figures via fax, urging the South to abide by the joint declarations signed at two inter-Korean summits on June 15, 2000 and Oct. 4, 2007.
A government official said the North faxed the greetings to 35 civic groups including the Pan-Korean Alliance for Reunification and the South Korean Federation of University Students Councils and 15 individuals. "We are sending seasonal greetings while welcoming the New Year. We wish you luck in your patriotic endeavors toward the unification of our nation under the banner of the joint declarations."
Provincial governments and civic organizations aiding the North were also among the recipients.
"It seems the North wants to wheedle humanitarian aid from sympathetic South Korean bodies," the official said. North Korea has been sending New Year's greetings and propaganda to South Korean organizations and individuals every year since 2001.
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