Hyundai to Mark 20th Anniversary of Package Tours in N.Korea

  • By Choi Hyun-mook, Kim Myong-song

    November 06, 2018 12:15

    Hyundai Asan will hold a celebration marking the 20th anniversary of package tours to the North Korean resort of Mt. Kumgang in collaboration with the North's Korean Asia-Pacific Peace Committee on Nov. 18-19, a spokesman said Monday.

    "We're now waiting for an invitation of staff to the North to prepare for the celebration," the spokesman added.

    President Moon Jae-in (right) poses with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Mt. Baekdu, in this file photo taken in September.

    The Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation issued a statement after a meeting at the Mt. Kumgang resort in North Korea last Saturday saying, "Inter-Korean cooperation is a sovereign right of our nation and an issue that our nation should determine."

    The two sides also called for resuming the package tours, but that would violate international sanctions against North Korea at the moment.

    Meanwhile, North Korea is apparently eyeing a Nobel Peace Prize for its leader. Kim Chang-su, who heads the South Korean staff at the liaison office in the border town of Kaesong on Monday told a radio program on Monday, "In October, I proposed a celebration if the two leaders won the Nobel peace prize jointly, which the North Koreans were very well aware of."

    A North Korean official said, "We should have applied by February to win a Nobel prize, but we didn't. But if public opinion forms in the international community to support the idea of giving the Nobel peace prize to the leaders of the two Koreas, it will mean that the international community supports what we're now doing for peace on the Korean Peninsula."

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