The Presidential Office in South Korea (the Blue House) considered today that the statements of the American Ambassador, Harry Harris, regarding the subjection of inter-Korean relations to consultation with Washington, are not appropriate at all.
This comes after the US ambassador to Seoul commented on Thursday on President Moon Jae-in’s statements, saying that the issue of allowing South Koreans to make individual tourist trips to North Korea’s territory is subject to consultations between South Korea and the United States.
Moon announced on January 14 on the occasion of the New Year, that it is necessary that the two Koreas not only look at the dialogue between North Korea and the United States, and that they work to enhance cooperation between the two Koreas, which may push for progress in the dialogue between North Korea and the United States.
He admitted that the two Koreas face various difficulties in mutual cooperation because of international sanctions, but there are some projects that are not subject to sanctions such as cooperative projects in the border areas, individual tours, and others.
A presidential office official answered a question about the Korean government’s stance toward the US ambassador’s remarks, saying “It is extremely inappropriate for the ambassador to publicly comment on the president’s comments to the press.” “The issue of inter-Korean cooperation is an issue that our government must decide,” he added.