President Roh Moo-hyun on Friday stressed the importance of inter-Korean trust, asking North Korea to put the agreements it made with the South into practice.
Roh stressed that the two Koreas should unite in the future, but trust must first be formed for this to occur.
“We should have an attitude of keeping even a trivial promise in an effort to respect each other,” Roh said.
Roh could be referring to North Korea’s pledge to return to the six-party talks which have been delayed since last year.
The president expressed an optimistic vision for future inter-Korean relations, pledging to carry out promised inter-Korean projects. Currently, North and South Korea are working on a joint venture in the Kaesong Industrial Zone. Kaesong will become an area for inter-Korean production of goods.
“There will be a variety of ways to boost the interests of both countries in the information technology and tourism sectors once the international standoff over the North Korean nuclear program is solved.”
An estimated 18,000 new members of the advisory group attended the meeting, which took place simultaneously in 25 places including nine overseas locations, including the U.S., Japan and Germany.
Some 240 officials attended the Seoul meeting held at the presidential office.