January 13, 2011 11:04
North Korea on Wednesday renewed a call for talks about the resumption of package tours to the Mt. Kumgang resort and a meeting about the joint Kaesong Industrial Complex. The call follows an official request on Monday for government and Red Cross talks.
The North's Guidance Bureau for Comprehensive Development of Scenic Spots, the agency in charge of Mt. Kumgang tours, on Wednesday sent a message to the Unification Ministry proposing talks in Kaesong on Feb. 11 to discuss the resumption of the package tours.
The North's General Bureau for Central Guidance to the Development of the Special Zone, which is in charge of the Kaesong industrial park, also proposed to the ministry that the two sides meet there on Feb. 9.
In yet another message to the South on Wednesday, the North Korean director of the inter-Korean economic cooperation council office at the industrial park expressed regret that South Korean staff are not returning to the park and called for normal operations of the council office.
But a ministry spokesman said, "We already clarified our firm position on Monday. We emphasize once again that the North should take responsible steps over its sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan and shelling of Yeonpyeong Island and promise not to launch any more provocations, and then the two governments can hold talks to ascertain how sincere the North is about denuclearization."
Meanwhile, a Red Cross communication channel was reconnected at the truce village of Panmunjom Wednesday eight months after it was cut off.
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