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South Korean Fashion Lacks Nationalistic Spirit, Says NK Reporter

The North Korean reporter for the Korean Central Broadcasting Station who is leading the North Korean press in Seoul to cover the reunion of separated families had this to say on the proceedings, "The issue of reunions for separated families can be resolved, if friendly relations between North and South Korea remain consistent."

Jang Ju-yong, who is visiting Seoul for the first time in his life, offered his thoughts on South Korea in an August 16 press conference at the Sheraton Walker Hill Hotel, the same place where the reunions are being held.

Q: What is your impression of Seoul?

A: The people's faces are bright and the streets are filled with activity. I'm sure the celebatory mood is heightened by the reunion of separated families and the reunification meetings. However, I think air pollution is a very serious problem.

Q: What do you think of fashion worn by South Korean youth?

A: It lacks a nationalistic spirit. I believe that it would be more appropriate to wear Chosun (Korean) clothing. I think it definitely needs to be supplemented in terms of nationalism.

Q: What do you think of relations between South Korean and North Korean press?

A: While North-South relations discover a mutual trust, South and North Korean press should not criticize or defame one another. Wasn't a joint press agreement just signed in Pyongyang?

by Chun Jin-bae

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