Pyongyang calls for reunification with Seoul on principles of federalization
7 July 2014, 08:56 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has offered South Korea to adopt a set of measures intended to open the way for reconciliation and unity, the official KCNA news agency reported.
The document notes that the North and South should jointly specify 'the reunification proposals by way of federation and confederation and make efforts to realize them and thus actively promote co-existence, co-prosperity and common interests.'
Pyongyang emphasizes that the reunification can be achieved on the basis of the federalization, supported by all 'to achieve reunification through a federal formula in Korea where differing ideologies and social systems exist.' To implement this task, the DPRK authorities offer 'to create the atmosphere favorable for reconciliation and unity, to end calumnies and vituperations,' TASS reports.
A government statement carried by the North's official KCNA news agency urged a lowering of inter-Korean military tensions, saying it was time to end 'reckless hostility and confrontation' and calling on Seoul to scrap its annual joint drills with the United States. Last week the North's top military body had called for both sides to halt all hostile military activities.
DPRK urged to focus on the joint declaration of 15 June. The document was signed during a visit to Pyongyang, South Korean president Kim Dae-jung, who met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.
Monday's announcement coincided with an ongoing tour of front-line islands by Kim Jong-Un.
On Saturday, Kim had monitored an apparently large-scale army, navy and air force exercise involving a mock assault on a South Korean island, AFP reports.
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