Chairman Lee Jun-seok of the People Power Party (PPP) said on July 10, “If the Minister of Unification thinks that his ministry is of any use the minister then is not working properly and a new minister is in order.”
According to Korean-language newspaper reports in Seoul on July 10, Chairman Lee made the statement in response to Minister Lee In-young’s expression of regret over Chairman Lee’s suggestion that there was no need for the continued existence of the Ministry of Unification in Korea.
Chairman Lee said, “the Ministry of Gender Equality in Korea did not do much in solving gender problems or issues and in the same context the Ministry of Unification should present clear evidence showing any good things the Ministry have done for the benefit of unification of the Korean peninsula.”
Lee said, “The South-North Liaison Office (located in Kaesong, North Korea) which was managed by the Ministry of Unification, was blown up with dynamites by the North Korean regime on June 13, 2020.”
Carrying out the destruction, First Deputy Director Ms. Kim Yo-jong of the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers’ Party of (North) Korea, said, “This kind of office is no longer needed when anti-North Korean leaflets are scattered in our country.” Kim Yo-jong is the younger sister of Chairman Kim Jong-il of North Korea.
The North Korean regime insisted that defectors from North Korea living in the South had scattered anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets in the Kaesong area.
Chairman Lee said, “When a ministry is not doing its work properly but continues to use taxpayer’s money I would say that there is no reason for continued existence of such an organization."