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All-Korean Committee Issues Joint Statement

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

Pyongyang, June 14 (KCNA) -- The north side committee, the south side committee and the overseas side committee of All-Korean Committee for Implementation of June 15 Joint Declaration released a joint statement Monday on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the declaration.

The statement says:

The joint declaration is a supreme reunification declaration of the nation which opened up a bright prospect of achieving peace and reunification for the countrymen in their efforts to wipe out the distrust and antagonism that have lasted generation after generation.

After the publication of the declaration the Korean nation witnessed signal events unimaginable in the era of confrontation, which are the product of their protracted and strenuous efforts for its implementation.

The statement noted with concern that these precious fruits yielded in the course of implementing the June 15 joint declaration were brought to naught, creating such grave situation that military tension and the danger of war are escalating on the Korean Peninsula. For the Korean nation to thoroughly implement the joint declaration is the only way for it to settle the prevailing serious situation, preserve peace and achieve reunification, the statement says, and goes on:

No matter how hard and complicated the situation may become, we Koreans will tolerate neither foreign forces' interference in the reunification issue, the internal issue of the nation, nor their arbitrary practices against us but more dynamically advance toward independent reunification by our concerted efforts.

The nation's destiny and future, reunification and co-prosperity of the nation are thinkable only when there is peace.

We will decisively foil all sorts of moves to escalate the military tension and the confrontation between fellow countrymen going against the implementation of the June 15 joint declaration.

An event common to the nation could not be held to mark the 10th anniversary of the historic June 15 joint declaration because of the hostile policy towards fellow countrymen being enforced by the anti-reunification forces negating the June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration and pushing back the inter-Korean ties to those in the past era of confrontation.

The all-Korean committee will grandly hold events commemorating the anniversary in different parts in the north and the south and abroad and defend the June 15 era and develop it on a higher level.

The committee will give stronger impetus to the patriotic movement of the fellow countrymen for independent reunification and the great national unity with the unshakable will and faith in reunification, fully aware of noble mission it assumed before the era and the nation.

No force on earth can stop our advance towards national reconciliation and unity, peace and reunification along the road indicated by the joint declaration.

We ardently call upon all the fellow countrymen to dynamically turn out in the patriotic movement for peace and reunification in the basic spirit of the historic June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration.



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