SEOUL, South Korea is mulling whether to approve a civic group's request to travel to North Korea to discuss inter-Korean exchanges, the unification ministry said Friday.
The civic group advocating the spirit of the two Koreas' first summit, held on June 15, 2000, earlier said that it has received an invitation from the North to visit Pyongyang from June 20-23 and asked for an official permit from the ministry.
"Relevant government agencies and ministries are reviewing it," unification ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun told a regular press briefing.
The civic group said that the purpose of its trip to Pyongyang is to discuss cooperation in supporting agreements that the leaders of the two Koreas reached in April and May summits and arrange various joint events to boost cross-border exchanges.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held their historic summit on April 27 at the truce village of Panmunjom and promised to halt all hostile acts against each other and boost cross-border exchanges and cooperation.
The leaders held another summit on May 26 in which they reaffirmed their commitment to uphold the spirit of the so-called Panmunjom Declaration. That was the fourth summit since the Korean Peninsula was divided after the 1950-53 Korean War.
Apparently buoyed by the mood of rapprochement after years of chilled ties, the two Koreas had pushed to hold joint events to mark the 18th anniversary of their first summit but decided not to have them this year due in part to time restraint.
Such joint events to mark the anniversary were last held in 2008 at Mount Kumgang on North Korea's east coast.
Source: Yonhap News Agency