Ministry to preregister Kaesong visitorsIn a move designed to ensure more transparency in cross-border trips, the Unification Ministry in Seoul announced it would set up a preregistration system for South Koreans who wish to travel north of the border to the Kaesong Industrial Complex.
Under the system, which will take effect March 2, employees and officials of South Korean companies operating in Kaesong will have to submit a proof of employment letter or other documents showing they work for a Kaesong-based company.
Kaesong officials may register on the Web site for the Kaesong management committee at http://oks.kidmac.com and attach their proof of employment.
Last October, four city council members from Paju, Gyeonggi, disguised themselves as Kaesong employees when they crossed the border. The Unification Ministry said at the time their actions were in violation of the law on inter-Korean exchanges because they’d submitted false information.
Those visiting Kaesong on social or cultural exchanges or on civilian humanitarian causes may apply separately at the Unification Ministry.
Over the past year, the ministry has been reluctant to approve visitor applications by civic organizations with political inclinations.
And late Tuesday, the ministry rejected a request by the left-leaning South Korean office of the Committee for Implementation of the June 15 Joint Declaration.
The agency had planned to visit Kaesong today and discuss preparations for commemorating the 10th anniversary of the declaration, reached during the first inter-Korean summit in 2000.
Under the declaration, the two Koreas agreed to promote economic cooperation and settle humanitarian issues such as reuniting separated families.
By Yoo Jee-ho [email@example.com]
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