September 12, 2018 09:47
South Korea is finally ready to open a liaison office in the North Korean border city of Kaesong on Friday, according to a Unification Ministry spokesman on Tuesday.
The opening of the liaison office, set up in the shuttered Kaesong Industrial Complex, has been delayed under pressure from the U.S., which warned it could violate international sanctions since it requires shipments of materials and electricity supply from South Korea.
It will be headed by Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung. About 100 South Korean and some 50 North Korean officials are expected to attend the opening ceremony on Friday.
The government did not say whether it discussed the opening with the U.S. and got the green light.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and other officials on Tuesday met with Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea policy who is visiting Seoul.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Noh Kyu-duk told reporters that the meetings were a good opportunity to deepen Washington's "understanding" of the liaison office.
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