November 29, 2023

ROK suspends plans to ease restrictions on civilian contacts between two Koreas

MOU submits final draft for the revision of 30-year-old law on inter-Korean exchanges

South Korea’s Ministry of Unification will suspend initial plans to relieve South Koreans of their current legal obligation to report any unintentional encounters with North Korean citizens. However, a new draft amendment to a major inter-Korean exchange law — published on Thursday — will still give local governments and companies more power to collaborate with the DPRK.

In May, the ministry disclosed its first draft of an amendment to the 30-year-old Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation Act, which was meant to remove bureaucratic logistical procedures that bogged down inter-Korean exchanges.