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S. Korea rejects N.K.'s offer for youth's meeting as propaganda scheme

All Headlines 16:20 September 08, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Thursday rejected an offer by North Korea's youth league to hold a meeting of young Koreans to discuss unification, calling the proposal a sheer propaganda campaign.

The Central Committee of Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League proposed Wednesday that young people from the two Koreas and abroad gather to discuss Koreas' unification.

Seoul's unification ministry said that the league's proposal is nothing more than North Korea's repeated and anachronistic propaganda campaign.

"Before making this kind of proposal, North Korea should first end its nuclear and missile programs," said a ministry official. "Pyongyang should take actions to show its commitment toward denuclearization and demonstrate sincerity to return to (being a responsible member) of the international community."

In late August, North Korea renamed a major youth association founded by the country's late founder Kim Il-sung at the first youth congress in 23 years.

It announced that the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League was renamed the Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League, a move which analysts say is aimed at strengthening internal solidarity. Kim Jong-il is the late father of the country's current leader Kim Jong-un.

North Koreans aged from 14 to 30 are required to join the youth league, which commands a membership of about 5 million people.

sooyeon@yna.co.kr
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