Thursday, 5th March 2015

S.Korea to expand exchanges with DPRK for future reunification

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SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- South Korea planned to expand non- political exchanges with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) this year in a bid to brace for future reunification, the ministry in charge of inter-Korean relations said Thursday.

According to the Unification Ministry's annual policy report to President Park Geun-hye, the ministry will push to expand civilian exchanges between the two Koreas to recover homogeneity among Koreans who have lived away from each other for six decades since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in armistice, not peace treaty.

The report titled "Laying ground for reunification era on the Korean Peninsula" said that Seoul will provide breed, seed and farm tools with Pyongyang this year to restart cooperation in agricultural and livestock sectors. Such aid will be offered under close consultation with foreign non-governmental organizations ( NGO), the ministry said.

President Park said in her New Year's press conference that if South Korea supports the DPRK's agricultural and livestock sectors, it will equal to substantial aid to people in the DPRK, noting that in the process of supporting, a path will be opened for close intimacy among Koreans.

So-called "green dtente," which pursues peace and stability through environment-friendly projects, will be pushed for by joint forestation and a project of preventing forest disease and pest.

South Korea's agricultural aid to the DPRK was suspended under the previous Lee Myung-bak administration from 2007 to 2011 amid the worsened inter-Korean relations. From 1999 to 2007, Seoul sent a total of 2,555,000 tons of fertilizer to Pyongyang while offering seeds and pesticides.



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