January 21, 2021

Despite diplomatic dry spell, Seoul pitches North Korea on new, pricey projects

Experts say the proposal is not timely or feasible, and that Seoul should first restore its relations with Pyongyang

Five months have passed since North Korea blew up the inter-Korean joint liaison office this summer. Pyongyang has not apologized for the damage — nor promised to pay Seoul back for the $8.6 million it spent on financing and renovating the building before North Korea sent it up in smoke.

But now, South Korea is floating plans to make a new liaison office and a new “trade headquarters” in North Korean territory. On Monday, Seoul’s unification minister, Lee In-young, even named four DPRK border regions where the trade building could be built.