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Hyundai Group gets initial gov't approval for memorial service in N. Korea

All Headlines 16:42 July 12, 2018

SEOUL, July 12 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Group, a South Korean shipping-to-tourism conglomerate, said Thursday it has received initial approval from the government to hold a memorial service for its late Chairman Chung Mong-hun in North Korea next month.

Hyundai Group has held the memorial service for Chung, who spearheaded the now-suspended inter-Korean tour program at Mount Kumgang in North Korea, every year since August 2004, a year after his death on Aug. 4, 2003, a company spokesman said.

But the service was not held in 2016 and 2017 due to escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula over the North's nuclear and missile programs, he said.

A team of 20 Hyundai Group executives, led by Chairman Hyun Jeong-eun, are scheduled to visit the North for the 15th anniversary next month on final approval from the unification ministry, the spokesman said.

Hyundai Group gets initial gov't approval for memorial service in N. Korea - 1

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