C O N F I D E N T I A L SEOUL 000772
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/18/2015
TAGS: PREF PREL PHUM KS KN TH
SUBJECT: ROK BRIEFED ON USG NEXT STEPS ON PROCESSING NORTH
REF: A. STATE 37908
Â¶B. SEOUL 682
Â¶C. STATE 31610
Classified By: POL M/C Joseph Y. Yun. Reasons 1.4 (b), (d).
Â¶1. (C) On March 10, poloffs delivered ref a demarche, which
discussed Thailand's recent indication it would work with the
USG on discreet case-by-case resettlement of North Korean
refugees, to Kim Ki-woong, Director of the Inter-Korean
Policy Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Director Kim suggested that at the next USG-ROKG bilateral
on refugee issues we address travel documentation and custody
issues of North Koreans who would be proceeding from Thailand
to the United States. For example, would UNHCR, Red Cross,
or other officials prepare travel documents for North Koreans
accepted for USG resettlement and would RTG officials
safeguard those awaiting resettlement? Kim preferred early
April for the USG-ROKG bilateral in Seoul because his boss,
Director-General Nam Gwan-pyo, would attend the North-South
ministerial talks currently set for March 28-31 in Pyongyang.
Â¶2. (C) Director Kim said he expected to deliver the official
South Korean response to our ref c proposal to process
refugees in Thailand, Mongolia, or Russia next week after the
return of senior ROKG officials from trips abroad.