President Park's unification committee splutters to lifeUpdated: 2014-08-07 12:08:17 (KST)
The Park Geun-hye administration has placed a priority on economic reform in recent weeks, but has also shifted its focus back toward a unification drive with North Korea, an initiative that was overshadowed by April's ferry tragedy and the escalation of provocations out of North Korea.
President Park ordered members of a 50-member special committee to draw up measures to build up infrastructure in North Korea and improve lives of North Koreans as the first steps to prepare for reunification.
The committee designed to conduct research on possible unification of the two Koreas and arouse greater public interest in the matter was launched last month.
President Park has said that a reunification of the two Koreas would be an economic 'bonanza' for the peninsula and neighboring countries.
During a speech in Dresden, Germany in March, she called for bolstering cross-border exchanges as a first step toward building trust between the rival Koreas and laying the groundwork for unification.
The committee will explore ways to make that happen.
It is composed of 30 experts from the private sector, two National Assembly representatives, 11 government officials and 6 heads of state-run research institutes.
The two Koreas have been divided for more than six decades following the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in a cease-fire, not a peace treaty.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.
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