SEOUL, Sept. 7 (Yonhap) -- The chief of the ruling Democratic Party (DP) is seeking to visit North Korea next month with ruling and opposition party lawmakers if a ceremony to mark the 2007 inter-Korean summit is held in Pyongyang, officials said Friday.
Lee Hae-chan is considering traveling to North Korea to promote inter-Korean reconciliation if North Korea holds celebrations for the 11th anniversary of the Oct. 4, 2007, summit, they said.
Seoul is known to have proposed holding a joint summit event to North Korea during high-level inter-Korean talks in August, but North Korea has yet to give a response.
"Lee is seeking to visit North Korea, possibly with opposition lawmakers, if the ceremony is held there," a DP official said. "But it is not clear whether it will be held, given the schedule of the upcoming summit."
President Moon Jae-in plans to visit North Korea from Sept. 18-20 for his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un following the summits in April and May.
Lee took office last month as the chief of the governing party, vowing efforts for inter-Korean peace.
He is also serving as the head of a private foundation to honor late President Roh Moo-hyun, who held the 2007 summit with the then North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.
Source: Yonhap News Agency