December 05, 2023

Unification ministry to crack down on unauthorized exchanges with North Korea

Seoul says it will introduce stronger penalties and reporting center, despite near total lack of inter-Korean engagement

South Korea seeks to crack down on unauthorized contact with North Korea, the government announced Tuesday, despite an almost complete lack of inter-Korean exchange and cooperation amid strained relations.

The unification ministry said in a briefing that it plans to bar those who violate the Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation Act from engaging with North Koreans for up to a year, as well as to establish a center for reporting unauthorized inter-Korean exchanges.