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Program Indicating Way to National Unity and Reunification

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

    Pyongyang, April 17 (KCNA) -- Eight years have passed since Leader Kim Jong Il made public the famous work "Let Us Reunify the Country Independently and Peacefully through the Great Unity of the Entire Nation" on April 18, Juche 87 (1998). In his work he formulated President Kim Il Sung's idea of the great national unity from a new angle and clarified the five-point policy for the great national unity in order to develop the struggle for the great unity of the entire nation on a new stage in accordance with changed political situation and circumstances. The five-point policy is to rely on the principle of national independence, to unite under the banner of national reunification, the banner of loving the country and the nation, to improve relations between the north and the south, to struggle against the domination and interference by outside forces and the anti-reunification forces, and to realize mutual visits and contacts of the whole nation, develop dialogue and strengthen solidarity and alliance.
    Over the last eight years, the work, a program for national unity and reunification, has positively inspired the Korean nation in the efforts for the reconciliation, unity and reunification of the nation.
    The five-point policy has turned the struggle for national unity and reunification into a nation-wide movement and ushered in a new historical era of reconciliation and cooperation between the north and the south and of independent reunification. Upholding the historic June 15 joint declaration, the entire nation has energetically advanced toward the independent reunification. And the north-south relations run through with antagonism and confrontation are being converted into a reconciliation and cooperation under the idea of "by our nation itself".
    The years have witnessed brisk governmental and non-governmental exchanges between the north and the south. Among them are inter-Korean ministerial talks, grand festivals for national reunification to mark the publication of the June 15 north and south joint declaration, national rallies to observe the August 15 liberation, inter-Korean conference of workers, inter-Korean conference of peasants and reunion of separated families and relatives.
    This year, too, the solidarity and unity have been strengthened through the reunification campaign of the nation including the joint meeting of youths in the north and the south and the north-south conference of women.
    There are still many difficulties in the reunification campaign including obstructions of the United States. But, the Korean people will certainly accomplish the cause of the independent reunification, upholding the five-point policy for the great unity of the nation.

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