The two Koreas hold Red Cross talks on June 22, 2018 at the Kumgangsan resort in North Korea. Park Kyung-seo (left), head of the Korean Red Cross led the South Korean delegation, while Pak Yong-il (right), vice chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the country (second from left ), led the North Korean delegation. Korean team. (JointPress Body)
Pak Yong-il, a senior member of North Korea’s parliament known for his role in inter-Korean exchanges, has died, according to official Pyongyang media on Tuesday.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent a wreath the day before expressing deep condolences over his death, Korea’s official Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.
Pak was vice chairman of the standing committee of the North’s Supreme People’s Congress and chairman of the central committee of the Korean Social Democratic Party, a minor political party formed in 1945.
“Pak Yong-il has devoted himself to the struggle for the prosperity and development of our state and the independent reunification of the country with ardent patriotism,” the KCNA said.
He previously served as vice chairman of the country’s Peaceful Reunification Committee in charge of inter-Korean affairs and participated in the Korean Red Cross negotiations with Seoul in 2009 and 2010.
As Pyongyang’s chief delegate, Pak led the working-level Red Cross talks from 2013 to 2015 on the issue of holding reunions for families separated during the 1950-1953 Korean War.
In June 2018, he also attended high-level talks in the truce village of Panmunjom to discuss measures to implement agreements reached at an April 27 summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon. Jae-in. (Yonhap)