Chongryun member to join talks

Kyodo

A senior member of a pro-Pyongyang Korean residents’ group in Japan has been informally appointed to the North Korean delegation for normalization talks with Japan, a North Korean government source said Thursday.

Nam Sung U, deputy chairman of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryun), will be the first group member to be named as a negotiator for the North in the bilateral negotiations.

Chongryun approved the plan during its general meeting held in Tokyo in late May and appointed two other members as councilors in charge of Japan-North Korea negotiations to support Nam, the source said.

The two councilors are scheduled to visit North Korea before the anticipated resumption of the normalization talks for coordination with North Korea’s Foreign Ministry.

In past bilateral negotiations, senior members of Chongryun were part of North Korea’s delegation, but only in the capacity of supporting negotiators on issues involving the rights of Korean residents of Japan.