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Meeting Marks 10th Anniversary of June 15 Declaration

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

Pyongyang, June 14 (KCNA) -- A national meeting was held at the People's Palace of Culture Monday to mark the 10th anniversary of the publication of the June 15 joint declaration.

Attending it were senior party and state officials, the chairpersons of the friendly parties, officials of social organizations, ministries and national institutions and in the fields of science, education, culture and arts, public health and media, members of the North Side Committee for Implementing the June 15 Joint Declaration, the North Headquarters of the Pan-national Alliance for Korea's Reunification and the Pan-national Alliance of Youth and Students for Korea's Reunification, working people and youth and students in Pyongyang, the chief of the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front and Rev. Han Sang Ryol, a pro-reunification figure of south Korea, and overseas compatriots.

Present on invitation were diplomatic envoys of different countries, members of military attaches corps and representatives of international organizations here.

Yang Hyong Sop, alternate member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea and vice-president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, recalled in his report delivered at the meeting that a north-south summit was held for the first time in 55 years since the division of the Korean nation and the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration the keynote of which is "By our nation itself" was published, stressing that this marked a great event recorded in the national history as it brought about a new historic turn in accomplishing the Koreans' cause of independent reunification. The reporter went on:

Guided by the idea of "By our nation itself" clarified by General Secretary Kim Jong Il, all the Koreans in the north and the south and overseas independently solved all the issues in line with the requirements and interests common to the nation, thus bringing about eye-opening events unimaginable in the past.

This was a striking demonstration of the validity and tremendous vitality, scientific accuracy and truth of the idea of "By our nation itself" clarified by Kim Jong Il, looking far into the future with his profound thinking and outstanding far-sightedness.

The situation on the Korean Peninsula is so tense that an accidental single gun shot may trigger off an all-out war.

Defending the inter-Korean joint declaration and thoroughly implementing it is the only way of settling the grave situation created due to the reckless moves of the anti-reunification forces to provoke a war.

The puppet conservative group would be well advised to stop behaving recklessly, mindful that it will face a merciless punishment by the DPRK and have to pay a dear price if it shows any slightest move for "punishment" and "retaliation" in league with foreign forces.

The U.S. and the Japanese reactionaries should stop at once all the hostile acts against the DPRK, properly understanding the burning hatred of the servicepersons and people and their strong resolution to wipe out the enemies.

The reporter underlined the need for all the Koreans in the north and the south and overseas to wage a more dynamic struggle to frustrate the reckless moves of the U.S. imperialists and the puppet group to provoke a war and achieve the independent peaceful reunification of the country under the banner of "By our nation itself" with firm conviction and optimism about a rosy future of a reunified country.

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