South Korean governor writes to Pence for inter-Korean tour programme

2019-11-12, SEOUL

The governor of eastern South Korean province, bordering the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), said Monday that he had sent a letter to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence asking help for the resumption of the suspended inter-Korean tour programme in Mount Kumgang.

Gangwon Province Governor Choi Moon-soon told a press conference in Seoul that the letter was delivered to the White House during his recent trip to Washington for restarting the halted Mount Kumgang tour project. Through the letter, Choi also asked Pence to help South Koreans tour the DRRK’s Wonsan tourist zone, expected to open next year, if the Mount Kumgang tour is hard to be resumed in the near future because of the international sanctions, the governor noted.

The U.S. vice president attended the opening ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics that was held last February in the South Korean eastern county of PyeongChang in Gangwon province.

The DPRK sent its athletes and cheering squad to the South Korea-hosted winter sports event, becoming a starting point to the inter-Korean summits and the first-ever DPRK-U.S. summit last year.

The press conference was held to urge normalization of the Mount Kumgang tour. Among the participants were businessmen and civic group activists as well as the Gangwon province governor.

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