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South Side's Group Feted


    Pyongyang, October 7 (KCNA) -- The Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee hosted a reception in honor of the south side's group that came here to participate in the opening ceremony of Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong Indoor Stadium at the Mansudae Art Theatre Monday evening. Present on invitation were members of the south side's group led by Kim Yun Gyu, president of Hyundai Asan of south Korea.
    Also present were Vice-Premier Kwak Pom Gi of the DPRK Cabinet, Vice-Chairman Ri Jong Hyok of the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, Vice-Chairman An Kyong Ho of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, Vice-Chairperson Jo Ui Suk of the Korean Physical Culture and Sports Guidance Commission and other officials concerned.
    Kwak Pom Gi in a speech said that the indoor stadium was successfully built on the bank of the River Potong in beautiful Pyongyang and the north and the south of Korea held its opening ceremony with splendour, stressing that it is an auspicious event to be specially recorded in the era that witnessed the publication of the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration. It is another clear proof of the vitality of the historic Pyongyang meeting and the joint declaration, he added.
    He noted that the Koreans would not forget but always remember Jong Ju Yong, Jong Mong Hon and other patriotic figures who made tangible contributions to the national unity and the country's reunification.
    The people in the north of Korea would go hand in hand with the compatriots in the south to accomplish the sacred cause of peace and reunification of the country and national prosperity true to the Songun leadership of Kim Jong Il, he stressed.
    Kim Yun Gyu in a speech said that having an opening ceremony of the stadium attended by many Pyongyangites and members of the south side and enjoying an congratulatory performance, he once again keenly realized that the south and the north of Korea is one land and they are one nation.
    I will do my best to surely succeed in various undertakings including tour of Mt. Kumgang and the construction of the Kaesong industrial zone Honorary Chairman Jong Ju Yong and Chairman Jong Mong Hon started to bring earlier the day of reunification and achieve the national prosperity, and ensure that their fruits be handed down to the generations to come, he said.
    An art performance was given by artistes of the north at the reception overflowing with compatriot feelings.

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