백태현 통일부 대변인이 4일 정부서울청사에서 열린 정례브리핑에서 남북 공동연락사무소 설치 관련 현장 실태조사에 대해 설명하고 있다. 통일부

The unification ministry’s spokesperson Baik Tae Hyun explains the on-site due diligence for the opening a liaison office between South and North Korea, during a regular briefing held at the Government Complex Seoul on June 4. (Ministry of Unification)

By Lee Kyoung Mi and Kim Young Shin 

A team of South Korean officials will be sent to Gaeseong, just over the border in North Korea, to check a site in advance for the establishment of a liaison office between the two Koreas.

“We will check the site in Gaeseong to check the condition of the building and find out if any construction work is needed any time soon,” said the unification ministry’s spokesperson Baik Tae Hyun during a regular briefing at the Government Complex Seoul on June 4. “This will set a consensus between South and North to run a temporary liaison office.”

“The liaison office will let officers from both sides reside there and allow conversation between the two Koreas at all times, and support exchanges and cooperation in the North’s city,” said Baik. “It will be a groundbreaking measure for the steady development of the relationship between Seoul and Pyeongyang.”

Regarding the supply of electricity, Baik said, “Our inspection team will go to the North and check the condition of the site and see which facilities we can use.”

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