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(LEAD) S. Korea approves presidential economic committee's trip to N. Korea

All News 15:23 July 11, 2018

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SEOUL, July 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has approved a presidential economic cooperation committee's request to visit North Korea, the unification ministry said Wednesday.

The ministry that handles inter-Korean affairs gave the green light for the Presidential Committee on Northern Economic Cooperation to visit North Korea for two days from Friday.

The committee, which is headed by Rep. Song Young-gil of the ruling Democratic Party, recently received an invitation from Pyongyang, according to the ministry.

Leading an 11-member delegation, Song plans to attend a seminar to be hosted by Russia in the North's northeastern border region of Rason.

The delegation is also expected to tour local industrial areas, including the North's port city of Rajin, the ministry said.

The ministry denied that the trip has anything to do with state preparations to resume inter-Korean economic cooperation, which has been banned under international sanctions on the North.

Asked if there is any message that the government plans to send to Pyongyang through the delegation, a ministry official said, "No."


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