South Korea to Allow Foreign Activists to Cross DMZ

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South Korea said Friday it will allow foreign activists to cross the heavily fortified inter-Korean border in late May.

About 30 female activists from around the world, including U.S. activist Gloria Steinem and Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mairead Maguire, plan to march from the North to the South across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to deliver a peace message on May 24th: International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament.

Crossing the DMZ requires approval from both South and North Korea and the United Nations Command as the two Koreas still remain technically at war.

The Unification Ministry said Seoul will allow the crossing, but plans to recommend using the western corridor along the Gyeongui railway, instead of the truce village of Panmunjom.

The activists plan to express hope that families separated by the Korean War will be united, and military tensions between the two sides can be reduced.

Critics say the plan will not help resolve the North’s pressing problems of nuclear weapons and poor human rights. The U.S. has advised the activists not to make the trip. North Korea, however, has voiced support for the event.

Source: Busan eFM News


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