North Korea accepts civilian visit from S.Korea
Laaska news Dec. 23, 2011
North Korea will allow a South Korean civilian group to visit the country to express their condolences on the death of the leader Kim Jong Il.
On Tuesday, the South Korean government decided to permit some civilians to visit the North, instead of sending an official delegation.
The Unification Ministry in Seoul says North Korea told it on Thursday that it will allow a South Korean group into the Pyongyang to offer their sympathy on the passing of Kim Jong Il.
The civilian group expected to visit North Korea in the near future will include the wife of late South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, Lee Hee-ho, and the chairperson of a Hyundai group that runs a joint tourism venture on Mount Kumgang.
In South Korea the public is divided over whether to send an official delegation to North Korea or not.
Discontent is still simmering over the government’s refusal of an opposition idea to dispatch a group of parliamentary lawmakers.
Experts say that North Korea accepted the visit by a South Korean civilian group in a bid to make the atmosphere in the South conciliatory toward the North.