Regular Briefing by Spokesperson Cho Joonghoon
November 14, 2022
Time: 10:30-10:36 A.M.
1. Unification Ministry to hold the DMZ Global Forum 2022
On November 21, the Unification Ministry will hold the DMZ Global
Forum 2022 under the theme of ‘Promoting Green Détente through the
Transformation of the DMZ into the Green Peace Zone’ at the Asia
Publication Culture and Information Center in Paju, Gyeonggi-do.
The global forum, in its fifth year, will bring many experts at home
and abroad to discuss inter-Korean green détente initiatives and tasks
from various perspectives.
In order to raise awareness on the DMZ border area among young
generations at home and abroad, the DMZ Global Forum for Young Leaders
2022 will be held tomorrow and bring insights from the perspectives of
future generations on transforming the DMZ into the Green Peace Zone.
We ask for your interest and participation as both forums will be
broadcast live on YouTube.
2. Minister’s Schedule
From 10 A.M. today, Unification Minister Kwon Youngse is attending
the National Assembly’s Special Committee on Budget & Accounts and
will also attend the Committee tomorrow morning.
On November 15, Minister Kwon will deliver congratulatory remarks at
an event hosted by the Korea Hana Foundation where North Korean
defectors share their experiences of settling in the South.
On November 17, Minister Kwon will meet with Chairman Yang Jun Hyuk
of the Yang Jun Hyuk Baseball Foundation.
Chairman Yang Jun Hyuk runs a mentor baseball team made up of North
Korean defectors and helps them adapt to the South Korean society.
During the meeting, the Minister will express gratitude to Chairman
Yang for his efforts to support young North Korean defectors.
3. Vice Minister’s Schedule
On November 17, Vice Minister Kim Ki Woong will attend the
Q. Are there any updates from the North through the South-North
Joint Liaison Office communications channel regarding the delivery of
the body presumed to be a North Korea resident?
A. There was no response from the North regarding the delivery of
the presumed corpse of a North Korean resident during the call today
at 9:00 A.M. through the South-North Joint Liaison Office
As you are aware, the Ministry attempted to send a document a few
times on Friday November 11. We believe that our intention was
delivered to North Korea, and plan to wait for a response from the
North by November 17, the date we proposed.
Q. At the trilateral meeting in Cambodia, the Republic of Korea,
the United States, and Japan released a joint statement, taking a
tougher stance on the North Korean nuclear issue. Do you think the
Ministry will change its North Korea policy in line with this trend?
A. I do not think it is a change in North Korea policy. The joint
statement on trilateral partnership between the ROK, the United States
and Japan reaffirmed that North Korea’s nuclear test would be met with
a resolute response.
However, it also emphasized that the path to dialogue remains open
toward peaceful and diplomatic resolution with North Korea.
In that respect, I would like to point out that this statement is
based on the continuity of the existing North Korea policy, not the
changes of the Yoon Suk Yeol administration's North Korea policy.