Rangoon Bombing Memorial to Be Unveiled in Late April

A memorial for the victims of the 1983 Rangoon bombing by North Korean agents will be unveiled in late April.

"The Rangoon provincial government gave the go-ahead for the construction of the memorial monument last Friday," a Foreign Ministry official here said Tuesday. "The unveiling can take place in late April or early May" assuming the groundwork takes about a month before the monument is transported and installed there.

The governments of the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding late last year to erect the monument near the security guard house in the Aung San National Cemetery to South Korea. But some resistance within Burma delayed the project.

In a meeting in Seoul on Feb. 27, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and his Burmese counterpart U Wunna Maung Lwin agreed to continue the project as scheduled.

Yun and the families of the victims are expected to attend the unveiling. The monument will be set on a 257.4 sq.m lot near the north gate of the cemetery, overlooking the site of the bombing.

englishnews@chosun.com / Mar. 12, 2014 10:46 KST