September 27, 2023

South Korea seeking to “independently” advance relations with the North: MOU

Unification ministry appears to rebuff comments by U.S. ambassador, stresses Seoul's "stakeholder" role

South Korea hopes to take more independent initiatives to improve its fractious relationship with the North, a spokesperson for the country's Ministry of Unification (MOU) told press on Wednesday.

Speaking at a regular briefing, ministry spokesperson Lee Sang-min was asked to clarify remarks by South Korean President Moon Jae-in in his New Year's Address on Tuesday, in which he laid out ambitious plans for inter-Korean cooperation in the coming year.