Students Plan Visit to N.Korea in Dokdo Campaign

A group of university students and a freelance writer publicizing Korea's sovereignty over Dokdo want to visit North Korea in August of this year to promote their cause.

The Unification Ministry said on Wednesday it has received an application from the group calling themselves the "Dokdo Racers." A ministry official said, "We can't give them a quick answer due to the many variables in inter-Korean relations, but we should be able to reach a decision by May at the latest."

Members of the Dokdo Racers pose during an interview with the Chosun Ilbo on Jan. 3 Members of the Dokdo Racers pose during an interview with the Chosun Ilbo on Jan. 3

If their visit is permitted, it would be the first time since 2006 that university students here have visited the North. The last time was a federation of university student councils who went to Mt. Kumgang for a meeting with North Korean student bodies.

The Dokdo Racers want to set out on March 1, Independence Movement Day, from Seattle, Washington and tour 19 countries to promote Korea's ownership of Dokdo.

They hope to enter North Korea on Aug. 3 via China and tour the North for six days. Their six-month trek is to end on Jeju Island.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 09, 2014 12:17 KST