ROK and Inter-Korean relations
South Korean President Battles Lame Duck Status
By Bruce Klingner
September 27th, 2005
Bruce Klingner, Korea analyst for Eurasia Group, the world's largest
political risk consultancy firm, writes: "Pyongyang's actions will affect
the public's perceptions of Roh's engagement policy. North Korea's
agreement to a joint statement of principles on 19 September might have
offered a respite to Roh's declining popularity had Pyongyang not followed
with a provocative statement within 24 hours... Despite $3.5 billion in
South Korean aid during the past decade, Seoul has achieved little change
to North Korean behavior or the nature of its regime."
Concerning the cost of providing energy aid to North Korea for the next nine to thirteen years
It is inappropriate at this point to mention specific expenses for the provision of energy aid to North Korea which was agreed upon at the second-phase of the fourth round of the six party talks, since there still remains the process of consultations on implementation measures among relevant countries.
Basically, the South Korean government will bear the cost for the direct transmission of electric power to North Korea, a plan proposed by the government itself in a bid to settle the North Korean nuclear issue. However, matters concerning provision of alternative energy aid and the size of relevant countries' share of the expenses for the construction of light water reactors still remain to be dealt with among relevant countries through future consultations on implementation measures.
ROK Ministry of Reunification Press Release
A patriot's suicide and the odd origin of soju
September 26, 2005 ? Sept. 30, 1963
When Yi Jun, a Korean independence activist
during the Japanese colonial period, was sent in
secret to the Netherlands in 1907 as an envoy to
promote Korea's independence during The Hague
Peace Convention, he did not know how long it
would be before he returned to his homeland.
He did eventually come back to Korea on this
date, 56 years after a lonely death in the
Netherlands. His body was reburied in Suyuri,
Oct. 1, 1995
Korea's strongest spirit, soju, has not won many
converts outside of the country. But some
Koreans say that these days, soju tastes
Anyone who makes such a comment will be assumed
to be bragging about their drinking skills ? you
might as well warn your drinking buddies that
tonight will be especially brutal. But even a
good drinker will sometimes scrunch up their
face and shudder at the strong taste of soju.
The secret to making good soju is achieving the
right percentage of glucose, citric acid and
amino acid for the perfect taste and knock-out
Unmanned Stealth Aircraft Due by 2020
By Jung Sung-ki
The Defense Ministry plans to develop
sophisticated unmanned fighter jets equipped
with a radar-evading stealth function by 2020, a
state-run defense agency said Saturday.
In a report to the National Assembly, the Agency
for Defense Development (ADD), affiliated with
the ministry, said it has started developing
radar-evading stealth technology on its own in
order to apply it to next-generation fighter
Dynamic Action Plans Are Key to Peace Movement
By Moon Gwang-lip
The peace movement will only gain momentum if it
is accompanied by a specific action plan, said
Kwak Il-hoon, chairman of People to People Korea
(PTP Korea), a non-governmental organization for
``The concept of peace is abstract, so it is
difficult to get public support in the movement
,'' he said in an interview with The Korea
``It centered on developing friendship and
strengthening mutual understanding, which often
ended up without any real results,'' said Kwak,
who is also serving as chairman of KNRC National
Council of Red Cross Volunteers.
500 Picked for Video Family Reunions
The Korean National Red Cross (KNRC) has selected 500 people to take part in
video reunions with their separated family members in North Korea, the KNRC
Kwon Released From Prison
By Chung Ah-young
Kwon Roh-kap, 75, a former Millennium Democratic
Party advisor, was set free on Sept. 15 for a
two-month suspension of his jail term as his
health has gotten worse because of diabetes and
However, prosecutors said that he is confined to
Samsung Cheil Hospital in central Seoul and his
``He is suffering from complications of
diabetes,'' a doctor said.
He was arrested in August 2003 on charges of
taking 20 billion won in bribes from Chung Mong-
hun, late chairman of Hyundai Asan, before the
In December 2004, the Supreme Court sentenced Kwon to five years in prison and
20 billion won in fines as he was found guilty of taking the bribes in return
for business favors for Hyundai Asan.
The court discovered that Hyundai offered the money to Kwon in a bid to seek
his influence in facilitating the firm's casino project in Mt. Kumgang, North
Korea, and its investment projects in the North. [Hyundai loan] [Corruption]
Seoul eyes $6-billion bill for aid in energy
September 23, 2005 ? South Korea will need at
least 6.5 trillion won ($6.3 billion) and
perhaps as much as 11 trillion won over the next
decade to meet its obligations for energy aid to
North Korea, Unification Minister Chung Dong-
young said yesterday. The estimates assume that
Pyongyang honors its pledge to end its nuclear
programs, which would trigger the development
aid, primarily in energy projects. Critics
promptly complained that the government's
estimates of the cost were unrealistically low.
The figures were Seoul's first official
assessment of the costs of providing help for
the energy-starved Stalinist state. Mr. Chung
was speaking at a hearing at the National
Assembly on his ministry's activities.
Ministry data given to the lawmakers said that
Seoul's share of the cost of heavy fuel oil for
the North would be about 150 billion won over
the next three years while Pyongyang dismantles
its nuclear facilities. Then electricity
generated in South Korea would begin to flow
North, at a cost of 4 trillion to 8 trillion won
for that power over six to 10 years. In
addition, the transmission facilities would cost
another 1.7 trillion won, the ministry said.
Finally, Mr. Chung estimated that South Korea's
share of the cost of a light water nuclear power
reactor for the North would be about 1 trillion
The minister said Seoul would foot the entire
bill for the electrical power transmission
project because that was an offer made by the
government here. But he said, perhaps
optimistically, that the parties to the nuclear
talks would discuss further the bills for fuel
oil and, more critically, for a nuclear reactor.
Seoul Intends to Repatriate 29 N.Korea Spies
By Park Song-wu
Seoul will consider repatriating 29 unconverted
North Korean ex-prisoners to their home country,
Unification Minister Chung Dong-young said at a
parliamentary session on Thursday.
The North Koreans, formerly soldiers or spies,
had served long prison terms in South Korea due
to their refusal to renounce communism.
``The government is willing to consider sending
back those who wish to go back to the North on a
humanitarian basis,'' Chung told the National
Assembly committee on unification, foreign
affairs and trade.
Hundreds of North Korean soldiers or spies who
were captured in the South during or after the
1950-53 Korean War served prison terms. Those
who switched their political beliefs were
released from prison, while others, refusing to
swear to the capitalist ideology, remained
captives until 1999.
All North Korean captives in South Korea have
now been released. A group of 63 North Koreans
were repatriated to Pyongyang in September 2000,
following the historic inter-Korean summit in
June that year. They reportedly received a
hero's welcome in the North.
Chung said that the 29 North Koreans who
previously wanted to stay in South Korea
apparently changed their mind after receiving
reports that Pyongyang is warmly treating those
who returned to the North in 2000.
Meanwhile, Chung indicated at the parliamentary
inspection of his ministry that he would
consider the possibility of inviting a high-
ranking North Korean leader to the Asia-Pacific
Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum to be held in
Pusan in November.
``If the six-party talks proceed smoothly, it
would be possible to ask other member countries
whether North Korea is able to attend the
meeting as an observer,'' Chung said.
The ministry later said in a press release that
the North Korean leader whom Chung had in mind
was not Kim Jong-il but Kim Young-nam, chairman
of the North Korean legislature.
North Korea needs approval from the U.S. and
other member nations to participate in the
annual summit, Chung said.
A few lawmakers urged the government to invite
Kim Jong-il to the APEC summit or to have
President Roh Moo-hyun visit North Korea for the
second inter-Korean summit.
Roh has said he would only consider a summit
with Kim Jong-il after the standoff over
Pyongyang's nuclear program is resolved.
[Human rights] [US dominance]
Kim Jong-il May Be Invited to Pusan APEC
Unification Minister Chung Dong-young Thursday
indicated that he would consider the possibility
of inviting North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to
the Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
forum to be held in Pusan in November.
He made the comment during a National Assembly
audit of the Unification Ministry Thursday.
"If the six-party talks proceed smoothly, it
would be possible to ask other member countries
whether North Korea is able to attend the
meeting as an observer," Minister Chung said.
North Korea needs approval from the U.S. and
other member nations to participate in the
annual summit, Chung said.
Yoon Apologizes for Criticism of Retired Generals
By Lee Jin-woo
Defense Minister Yoon Kwang-ung has apologized
to angry retired military generals after
accusing retired veterans of maintaining
Japanese imperial military views.
In a recent interview outlining his military
reform policies with Shindong-A, a monthly
magazine, Yoon condemned retired generals for
having old-fashioned ways of thinking and
hampering his efforts to downsize the
inefficient manpower-based military system.
``The problem is that retired generals are still
obsessed with their old imperial Japanese-style
views and believe the military still leads the
N. Korea Energy Aid May Top $12 Bil.
By Lee Jin-woo
With the North Korean nuclear disarmament agreement reached during the
six-party talks in Beijing Monday, experts estimate over 12 trillion won ($11.5
billion) will be required to keep South Korea's massive energy and power supply
promise by 2018.
Unification Minister Chung Dong-young first unveiled his ``important
proposal,'' to provide electricity to North Korea if Pyongyang agrees to
dismantle its nuclear weapons programs on July 12.
According to the plan, Seoul will supply around 2 million kilowatts of
electricity per year beginning in 2008 at the earliest as it would take at
least three years to construct transmission facilities. The government expects
the electricity supply would continue through 2018, upon completion of the
Inter-Korean Cabinet Talks End With Flicker of
By Seo Dong-shin
The 16th round of inter-Korean Cabinet talks
ended its four-day run on Friday, with mixed
evaluations on the results from the Southern
side following over the weekend.
As for the six-point joint press release, Seoul
officials especially welcomed the second, which
said that South and North Korea would make
efforts to ensure stable peace on the Korean
Peninsula and seek practical ways to ease
military tensions on one of the world's most
heavily fortified borders.
It also added that the two sides shared a notion
regarding the importance of military talks and
each would suggest it to its own military
Korean Anti-Air Missile to Debut
By Jung Sung-ki
Sophisticated portable anti-air missiles
developed with the country's own technology will
be deployed in the military next month after
passing a trial test successfully, a state-run
defense agency said last Friday.
A spokesman for the Defense Quality Assurance
Agency said the anti-air missiles, called
``God's Bow,'' succeeded in hitting a low-flying
target during a trial test last Friday at a site
off the West Coast. [Military balance]
Korea Cannot Be Peacefully Unified
[Opinion] Citizen reporter Samuel Lee says the world must face some hard
questions about North Korea
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has ruled the North with an
iron fist and fear; they have suppressed and eliminated any opposition to their
power by brutal means. The North has put the well-being of their army first at
the expense of millions of starving North Korean civilians.
The DPRK is the most brutal and merciless dictatorship in the world (not
including China). They are responsible for the longest state of misery and
despair the Korean people have ever experienced, even longer than the Japanese
occupation of Korea. The dictatorship's ruthlessness and stubbornness has
resulted in their refusal to acknowledge faults. They have put on the
masquerade that North Korea is strong, while
millions have died through starvation, public
and private executions and torture or "re-
Samuel Lee has a blog site eastasiaaffairs.blog.com/
Sam is a Korean, born and raised in Australia.
He has a BA in Commerce (Accounting) and is
currently employed as an accountant in Sydney
Two Koreas agree to push for peace
South and North Korea have agreed to push for measures to solidify peace and ease military tensions on the Korean Peninsula during four days of inter-Korean Cabinet-level talks held in Pyongyang last week.
Delegates from the two Koreas adopted a six-point statement Friday at the end of the talks.
"The South and North agreed to make efforts to ensure peace on the Korean Peninsula and seek substantial measures to reduce military tension," a joint press statement said lacking concrete details, including not stating an actual peace treaty.
16th Inter-Korean Ministerial Talks Close
Pyongyang, September 16 (KCNA) -- The 16th north-
south ministerial talks came to a close Friday.
At the talks both sides had a sufficient
exchange of opinions on the issues of taking
practical measures for refraining from practices
to save faces and terminating the hostile
relations in the inter-Korean ties and removing
the barriers in the field of economy and
implementing the points agreed upon at the 15th
north-south ministerial talks. They reached an
agreement on a series of issues at the end of an
A joint press release of the 16th inter-Korean
ministerial talks was made public. (text
Jo Yong Phil Performs in Pyongyang
Jo Yong Phil, South Korean singer who is on a
visit to Pyongyang at the invitation of the
National Reconciliation Council, gave his
performance of vocal solos at the Ryugyong Jong
Ju Yong Gymnasium on Aug 23.
The 11th Meeting of Separated Families at Mt.
"Dreamlike Meeting Attained Thanks to the June
The 11th meeting of separated families started
at the Mt. Kumgang resort on Aug 26.
Separated families having a group meeting on
Aug. 26 at the Kumgangsan Hotel.
It was held according to an agreement at the
15th inter-Korean Senior talks held on June in
Seoul for the first time in 13 months after the
A total of 146 people of 99 families from the
south side's separated families met 223 people
from the north side until Aug 28.
The separated families, who had been unable to
contact each other for a long time, had a group
meeting on Aug 26 at the Kumgangsan Hotel, and
embraced each other with deep emotion.
Separated Families Meet their Relatives on TV
Re-linked Cables will Make Inter-Korean TV
Separated families and their relatives met each
other again on TV screens on Aug. 15 as part of
the inter-Korean project of reuniting families
separated from each other during the 1950-53
Optical fiber communication cables were re-
connected between North and South Korea, and a
ceremony of connecting the cable links took
place in the Demilitarized Zone on July 18. As a
result, the cable links were connected between
Kaesong and Munsan.
70 million Koreans' Will to National
8.15 Grand National Festival for Independence,
Peace and Reunification
The August 15 Grand National Festival for
Independence, Peace and Reunification was held
in Seoul from Aug 14 to 16.
The opening ceremony of the Aug.15 Grand
National Festival for Independence, Peace and
The festival opened on Aug. 14 in Seoul with the
participation of the delegations of North, South
Korea and overseas Koreans, with a main meeting,
a grand national march, an inter-Korean soccer
game and several panel meetings.
Inter-Korean exchange projects have been
promoted through a new desire of Korean people
for reunification since the June 15 grand
festival for national reunification which was
held as the first meeting of its kind from June
14 to 17 in Pyongyang.
The 6th Inter-Korean Red Cross Talks
Red Cross Societies to Continue Discussions
The 6th inter-Korean Red Cross talks were held
at the Mt. Kumgang resort from Aug 23 to 25.
The North and the South of Korea made approaches
in some issues, and decided to continue
discussions on other issues.
The inter-Korean Red Cross talks were held from
Aug. 23 to 25 in accordance with the agreement
of the inter-Korean senior officials' talks.
A joint report was issued on Aug 25 as follows.
Talks Held Between KSDP and DWP of S. Korea
Kim Yong Nam, president of the presidium of the
SPA with delegation of the DWP led by its
representative, Kim Hye Gyong (fifth from left).
Talks were held between the delegations of the
Korean Social Democratic Party (KSDP) and the
Democratic Workers' Party (DWP) of South Korea
at the People's Palace of Culture on August 25.
Present at the talks from the North side were
Chairman Kim Yong Dae and officials of the KSDP
Central Committee and from the South side
members of the DWP delegation headed by Kim Hye
Gyong, representative of the party.
North-South Military Working Talks Held
The fourth north-south military working talks
took place at the Thongil House in the north
side of Panmunjom on Aug 12 to discuss the issue
of implementing the agreement reached at the
north-south general-level military talks. The
north side stressed that huge propaganda means,
remains of the Cold War that had been used in
fostering mistrust, discord, confrontation and
tension between the fellow countrymen for more
than 40 years in the past, have been removed so
that they cannot be directly used for
psychological warfare and information activities
against the opposite side. It is one more
precious fruition gained in implementing the
June 15 joint declaration, a landmark for
national reunification and a great program for
great national unity, stressed the north side.
The north side said that there had been some
problems from which to draw lessons in the
process of removing the propaganda means.
The north side noted that the south side had
proposed to discuss a schedule concerning the
third general-level military talks to be held at
The north side said that it was not suitable to
hold the general-level military talks whose
focus was on easing military tension now that
the south side was seeking to launch the Ulji-
Focus Lens 05 joint military exercises, large-
scale nuclear war exercises against the north,
together with the U.S. from August 22 to
September 2 despite its proposal to discuss the
schedule of military talks
[Joint US military]
North Korea's Ships Sail Through Jeju Straits
After Aug 15
5th Inter-Koran Working Contact for Cooperation
in Marine Transport
The 5th inter-Korean working contact for
cooperation in marine transport was held in
Munsan, south Korea, from Aug 8 to 10.
Both sides discussed practical issues concerning
the implementation of the bilateral agreement on
marine transport which had already been reached
in the basic spirit of the June 15 Joint
Declaration, and issued a joint pres release.
According to the press release, the North and
the South of Korea agreed to start the passage
of North Korea's civilian ships through the Jeju
Straits and each other's use of sea routes in
their waters during direct sailing toward
designated ports starting on Aug 15.
They also decided to operate cable communication
between the marine authorities of the two sides
through the Panmunjom as line from Aug 12.
Chondonists of North and South Korea Issue Joint
From July 29 to November 17, a Period for
"Campaign for Opposing Foreign Forces and
Prompting the National Interests and Welfare of
Chondonists and activists engaged in the
national movements in the North and South of
Korea proclaimed that a period from July 29 to
November 17 has been set aside for a "campaign
for opposing foreign forces and prompting the
national interests and welfare of people".
July 27 is the day of a hundred years ago when
the piratical "Taft-Katsura agreement" was
signed by the U.S and Japan, and November 17 is
the day a hundred years ago when the "Ulsa Five-
point Treaty" was concluded.
They held a meeting on July 29 in Pyongyang and
Seoul and issued a joint declaration, and
appealing to Korean people to actively develop
movements against Japan's re-aggression through
cooperation between North and South Korea under
the idea of "By Our Nation Itself". [Religion]
South Korean Soap Operas Win Large Audiences Throughout Asia - and beyond
By Vanessa Hua
Japan Focus 1 September 2005
The "Korean wave" of pop culture - known in South Korea as hallyu - is a point of national pride, helping introduce the country to the world and breaking down historical grudges with its neighbors
Time to get stern with North
The recently reconvened six-nation talks in
Beijing aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear
arms programs are on the brink of rupture after
the United States flatly rejected North Korean
demands for light-water nuclear reactors.
In the first stage of the talks, North Korea
claimed that it has the right to pursue nuclear
development programs for peaceful purposes and
that it should have the right to operate light-
water reactors. The United States, however,
turned down the demands, saying that the North
has broken past agreements. A compromise was
worked out between Washington and Seoul: If the
North gives up all its nuclear programs and
returns to international nuclear safeguards and
the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, it will be
given the right to run peaceful nuclear programs.
The possibility of an agreement was high just
before the talks began, but the hope has now
disappeared. North Korea, from the beginning of
the talks, claimed that the supply of light-
water nuclear reactors should be included in the
agreement. That is a clear indication that it
will show absolutely no respect to the U.S.
position. In other words, the North has shown
that it has no intention of giving up nuclear
programs. North Korea, by securing light-water
reactors, wants to hold on to the last nuclear
card while maximizing the compensation. This
shows that the North has failed to give up its
attitude of the past. If Pyongyang continues
ignoring the good will of Seoul and Washington
as well as other participants in the talks, it
will lose all. [nuclear energy]
Roh to Look Into Past State Crimes
By Ryu Jin
Exactly one year after he launched a drive to ``correct the sad history'' of the nation's modern era, President Roh Moo-hyun caused a fresh stir on Monday with the offer of a strengthened law for that aim. His second drive to correct history, however, faces fierce opposition from his opponents.
Address by President Roh Moo-hyun on the 60th Anniversary of National
August 30th, 2005
South Korea President Roh Moo-hyun delivered this speech on the 60th
anniversary of Korean liberation. President Roh said: "History now gives us
another calling. It is none other than putting an end to the history of
divisiveness and opening an age of national unity. It is also to build a
springboard to overcome the age of national division and usher in a new age
of national unification for peace and prosperity."
Achievements and Prospects of the Participatory Government's Policy toward North Korea after the First Half of its Term
For the past two and a half years since its inauguration, the current participatory government has consistently pursued the `policy for peace and prosperity' aimed at promoting peace on the Korean peninsula and inter-Korean co-prosperity in the midst of ever-changing security environments in Northeast Asia. In particular, it has played a proactive and leading role in resolving the North Korean nuclear issue within the framework of international cooperation such as the six-party talks
Scattered Koreans turn homeward
September 15, 2005 ? It has been exactly 100
years since the first Koreans migrated to
Mexico, and 141 years since they moved to
Russia. This Chuseok holiday, after living in
other countries for so long, the descendants of
brave immigrants say they have never forgotten
their homeland. And their homeland has not
North-Targeted War Preparations Stepped Up by S.
Korea in Iraq Flailed
Pyongyang, September 14 (KCNA) -- The south
Korean troops are busy rounding off the
preparations for a war against the north under
the signboard of "peace and reconstruction"
after being dispatched to Iraq under the U.S.
pressure. Commenting on this, Rodong Sinmun
Wednesday says: The south Korean authorities'
dispatch of troops to Iraq quite contrary to the
interests of the nation is a crime. Worse still,
the south Korean troops in Iraq are keen on
acquiring "experience" for an actual war against
[Role of SK military] [Military balance]
Seoul Proposes S-N Liaison Offices
Unification Minister Also Suggests Military
Talks to Ease Tensions
By Seo Dong-shin & Joint Press Corps
PYONGYANG, North Korea _ South Korea proposed
Wednesday that permanent liaison offices be set
up in Seoul and Pyongyang, saying it would
significantly help build trust between the two
Unification Minister Chung Dong-young, the
South's chief delegate to the inter-Korean
Cabinet talks, also suggested talks between
military authorities, including defense
ministers, be resumed to ease tensions.
Kwon Ho-ung, the North's chief delegate,
proposed that the South abolish ``out-of-dated
laws that fail to recognize other countries'
systems,'' apparently referring to the South's
anti-communist National Security Law.
He also demanded joint military drills between
South Korea and the United States be stopped and
inter-Korean economic cooperation be
[Joint US military]
Unification Minister Chung Dong-young enters
Buddhist Temple in Pyongyang
Unification Minister Chung Dong-young, second
from left, the South's chief delegate to the
inter-Korean Cabinet talks, enters the Kwangpop-
sa Buddhist Temple in Pyongyang, Wednesday. The
temple was built during the Koguryo Kingdom (37
B.C.-668 A.D.). At left is Kwon Ho-ung, the
North's chief delegate.
'More Defense Spending Is Burden to Economy'
By Jung Sung-ki
With the announcement of the government's
military reform plan Tuesday, the country's
political circles are raising concerns over a
possible drastic increase in military spending
over the next 10 years.
Under the 15-year reform plan, dubbed the
``Defense Reform 2020,'' the Defense Ministry
will seek to boost the defense budget by 11.1
percent per year until 2015, to build smaller
but stronger armed forces equipped with
sophisticated weapons systems.
For the increase of 11.1 percent, the country
needs to spend more than 680 trillion won ($680
billion) in military expenditures, including 289
trillion won in procuring state-of-the-art
weapons systems by 2020.
``The whopping increase in the defense budget,
higher than the nation's economic growth rate,
will become a burden to the economy,'' said Rep.
Im Jong-in of the ruling Uri Party. ``The plan
also may undermine the warming inter-Korean
relations, provoking North Korea to further
focus on arms buildup.''
[Military balance] [Role of SK military]
Seoul Brings Water From NK for Chonggyechon
By Kim Tong-hyung
The Seoul city government will combine waters
from each region of the Korean Peninsula,
including North Korea, for its restoration
ceremony of the city's downtown Chonggyechon
stream scheduled for Oct.
S. Korea: World Must Be Ready to Aid North
By KELLY OLSEN
The Associated Press
Thursday, September 8, 2005; 5:57 AM
SEOGWIPO, South Korea -- The international community must be ready to help
North Korea economically once the issue of the communist country's nuclear
issue is settled, South Korean Deputy Prime Minister Han Duck-soo said.
"Something must be done," Han told The Associated Press on the sidelines of the
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum finance minister's meeting that began
Thursday on the South Korean island of Jeju. He said such a need should be
clear to the global community.
South Side's Delegation Here
Pyongyang, September 13 (KCNA) -- The south
side's delegation with Jong Tong Yong, minister
of Unification, as its chief delegate arrived
here Tuesday to participate in the 16th inter-
Korean ministerial talks. It was greeted at the
airport by members of the north side's
delegation to the inter-Korean ministerial talks
including Choe Yong Gon, vice-minister of
Construction and Building-Materials Industries
who is the north side's chairman of the North-
South Committee for the Promotion of Economic
A working woman presented a bouquet to the south
side's chief delegate. Pak Pong Ju, premier of
the DPRK Cabinet, hosted a reception at the
People's Palace of Culture Tuesday evening in
honor of the south side's delegation.
Seoul to Boost Defense Budget
By Jung Sung-ki
The Defense Ministry wants a 11.1-percent
increase in military spending per year over the
next 10 years, as part of measures to build a
more future-oriented armed forces, Defense
Minister Yoon Kwang-ung said Tuesday.
Announcing a comprehensive military reform plan
for the next 15 years, Yoon said the plan
focuses on developing the country's manpower-
intensive force into a ``smaller but stronger''
one suitable for the warfare of the future
16th Inter-Korean Cabinet Talks Open
By Seo Dong-shin
Unification Minister Chung Dong-young, left,
shakes hands with Kwon Ho-ung, senior North
Korean Cabinet councilor and chief delegate to
the inter-Korean Cabinet talks, at the Koryo
Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday.
South Korean delegates led by Unification
Minister Chung Dong-young met with their
Northern counterparts in Pyongyang Tuesday,
where they will hold the 16th round of inter-
Korean Cabinet talks through Friday.
Chung, who flew directly to Pyongyang on a
chartered plane, was welcomed by Kwon Ho-ung,
the North's chief delegate, at the Koryo Hotel
in the North Korean capital.
Kwon expressed his thanks to Chung for
fertilizer aid sent recently to the North. Chung
replied he hoped to present a thanksgiving
present to the Korean people in this season of
harvest by hammering out good results at the
Korean Detained in London for Making Disturbance on Flight
By Kim Rahn
A South Korean businessman was taken into police custody in London last week
for causing a disturbance on a Korean Air flight to London.
Peninsula peace is on Seoul's mind
September 13, 2005 ? Seoul wants to begin talks
with Pyongyang at a meeting this week on steps
toward inter-Korean peace, a senior Unification
Ministry official said yesterday. But, he
conceded in answer to reporters' questions, it
is unclear whether Pyongyang is willing to talk
about the subject.
Kim Chun-sig, the director general of the
ministry's bureau for inter-Korean cooperation,
told the press that this week's 16th round of
ministerial meetings should be the start of
steps for peace, initially by broadening the
range of cross-border exchanges to include
political and military affairs.
"We do not have a detailed agenda, but it is
Seoul's position that peace discussions should
begin," Mr. Kim said. "The South Korean
government has been stressing the importance of
peace and prosperity, but this will be the first
time that we will hold realistic consultations
on the matter. What the form of the
establishment of a peace will be and whether the
armistice should be replaced will be discussed
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