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(LEAD) Koreas hold liaison office meeting to discuss joint commemoration of March 1 Independence Movement

North Korea 15:08 February 15, 2019

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SEOUL, Feb. 15 (Yonhap) -- Senior officials of South and North Korea held an inter-Korean liaison office meeting on Friday to discuss a range of issues, including a joint celebration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the March 1 Independence Movement against Japan's colonial rule, the unification ministry said.

The meeting was held at the liaison office in the North's border town of Kaesong between Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung and his North Korean counterpart, Hwang Chung-song. Chun is the South Korean head of the office, and Hwang serves as deputy chief on the North's side.

They discussed various issues, including joint celebration of the independence movement that started on March 1, 1919, against Japan, which ruled the Korean Peninsula from 1910-1945, the ministry said.

Seoul earlier made a proposal including candidate locations and other programs related to the celebration in line with an agreement between their leaders in September on that matter.

North Korea has yet to respond to the proposal. On Thursday, a ministry official said that the joint celebration, if held, will likely be smaller than expected, given that the day is just two weeks away.


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