S.Korea Downsizes Commemorations of 1st Cross-Border Meet

  • Arirang News

    June 15, 2020 08:41

    Monday marks the 20th anniversary of the first inter-Korean summit since the Korean War in early 1950s. The historic summit between former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung and then North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was held in Pyongyang on June 15, 2000.

    The South Korean government initially prepared a big anniversary ceremony, but officials now say it has been downsized due to the North's latest hissy fit.

    A man takes a photo of a banner supporting inter-Korean cooperation at the National Assembly in Seoul on Monday. /Yonhap

    According to government sources Sunday, a commemorative dinner scheduled for the unification minister and other officials has been scrapped.

    President Moon Jae-in is to make what promises to be a rather bedraggled statement to mark the anniversary.

    With North Korea stepping up threats against South Korea, Moon's attempts to engage the regime, including an offer for quarantine cooperation over the coronavirus epidemic, look increasingly hopeless.

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