SEOUL, July 10 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's unification ministry said Friday
that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) should come forward to
government-level talks over the case of a South Korean tourist who was shot dead
during her stay in its territory.
Urging the DPRK to start a government-to-government dialogue immediately
with sincerity, Unification Minister spokesman Chun Hae-sung said the DPRK has
been unresponsive to Seoul's continuously proposed dialogue over the incident.
On July 11 a year ago, a 53-year-old South Korean housewife, Park Wang-ja,
was shot dead while she was wandering into a controlled military zone at the
Mount Kumgang at the DPRK's east coast.
South Korea, in response, immediately suspended the tour program,
requesting a thorough investigation, which the DPRK rejected.
The DPRK also disallowed South Korean officials to visit the site and
expelled "unnecessary" South Korean tour operators.
The announcement came amid elevated tensions on the Korean Peninsula as
three rounds of inter-Korean talks over the joint industrial complex ended
The inter-Korean relations have recently been jammed with various issues
such as those on the South Korean detainee in the DPRK, the joint industrial
complex, and DPRK's continuous missile and nuclear attempts.