More than 70 journalists in 50 countries have gathered in Seoul this week to discuss the issue of denuclearization and peace in the Korean peninsula.
Known as the Journalist Forum for World Peace, the five-day is organized by the Journalist Association of Korea began just as tension has built on in the peninsula this year.
North Korea tested its fourth nuclear bomb in January and launched a long-range rocket in February. It has conducted several missile tests since.
In that context, however, “we strive to promote … peace,” JAK President Jung Kyu Sung said at the opening ceremony on Monday.
He hoped the forum will help remind attending journalists of “the importance of peace on the Korean peninsula and in the world.”
Lim Sungnam, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, discuss recent movements on the Korean peninsula.
Addressing the forum, Lim Sungnam, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, called on journalists to highlight the fact that “nuclear serves no one’s interest” in the region.
His idea was shared by the journalists at the event. Lisa Rowe, Senior Producer at Mediaworks, TV3 New Zealand, said the media should inform the public about the steps that may help encourage denuclearization on the Korean peninsula.
The five-day forum program will also include a visit to the Delimitarized Zone between North and South Korea, as well as trips to a number of provinces and cities in South Korea.
JAK said it hopes the visits will help the journalists to “experience some of Korea’s traditional culture and how the nation had developed.”