If the passage between the military demarcation line
is halted, it would impact South Korean tourists who visit the North Korean border city of Kaesong, as well as the joint industrial complex in the city.
The comments were in response to reports in Tokyo that Hashimoto proposed to Yeltsin that the demarcation line
between Russia and Japan be set north of the disputed islands.
"The demarcation line
can be another name that represents a starting line for a new history," a Seoul city government official said.
Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto proposed in weekend talks with Russian President Boris Yeltsin that the demarcation line
between Russia and Japan be set north of a group of disputed islands off Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido, several government sources said Monday.
In recent months, there has been "a fairly tense standoff between certain opposition forces north of the Manbij area and the Syrian Democratic Forces south, and we have helped patrol the demarcation line
to try to make sure that tensions remain low and de-escalated," the official said.
The heads of the two Koreas meet at Panmunjeom Friday, the first inter-Korean leaders' summit in 11 years and the first at the border village divided by the military demarcation line
(MDL) that splits the two sides.
Gunfire and explosions were heard from the southern outskirts of occupied Shebaa farms, in addition to reconnaissance flights over the demarcation line
Kim, director of the United Front Department of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, entered South Korea crossing the military demarcation line
and arrived in Seoul later.
After their summit talks, to be held earlier in the day, Moon and Kim plan to plant a pine tree on the military demarcation line
(MDL) that separates the two Koreas, President Moon Jae-in's chief of staff Im Jong-seok, told a press briefing here.
These movements were in conjunction with Israeli reconnaissance flights over the demarcation line
and Shabaa farms.