A delegation from a South Korean civic group will visit North Korea this week to discuss exchanges in various sectors amid a thaw in inter-Korean relations, its officials said Wednesday.
The unification ministry said Tuesday it had endorsed the request from the group devoted to commemorating the first-ever inter-Korean summit June 15, 2000.
|A South Korean civic group devoted to commemorating the first-ever inter-Korean summit on June 15, 2000, pose for a photo before leaving for North Korea on Wednesday. (Yonhap)|
The 15-member delegation left Wednesday for Shenyang, China, and will take a flight bound for Pyongyang, according to the officials. They are scheduled to stay in Pyongyang until Saturday.
This marks the first time that a civic group has been permitted to visit the North since the Moon Jae-in government was inaugurated in May 2017.
Buoyed by the mood of rapprochement following their leaders' meetings in April and May, the two Koreas had pushed to hold joint events to mark the 18th anniversary of the first summit but decided not to have them this year due in part to time restraints.
Such joint events to mark the anniversary were last held in 2008 at Mount Kumgang on North Korea's east coast. (Yonhap)