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Individual tours to North

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Seoul, Washington should cooperate in inter-Korean issues

The Moon Jae-in government is considering allowing South Koreans to travel to North Korea on an individual basis. The move is designed to promote inter-Korean cooperation and exchanges amid the stalled dialogue not only between Seoul and Pyongyang, but also between Washington and Pyongyang.

In a New Year's press conference Tuesday, President Moon floated the idea of individual tours to the North. The government is now studying ways of allowing South Koreans to travel to the North via a third country such as China if they obtain a visa from Pyongyang. Currently individual tours are available only for South Koreans with permanent overseas resident status.

The envisioned measure reflects Seoul's position that it cannot wait for Washington and Pyongyang to resume........

© The Korea Times