13 June 2017

News Story: DPRK expresses nostalgia for relaxed relations with South Korea

PYONGYANG, June 12 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Monday expressed nostalgia for a period of relaxed relations with South Korea from 2000 to 2007, by marking the signing of the historic 2000 North-South Joint Declaration on inter-Korean relations.

In a commentary on the 17th anniversary of the publication of the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration, the Korean Central News Agency said the two sides experienced "a precious era of reconciliation and unity" in that period.

Late top DPRK leader Kim Jong Il and then South Korean President Kim Dae Jung signed the declaration in Pyongyang in 2000, at the first summit meeting between the two sides after the 1950-1953 Korean War.

The commentary said, "All Koreans are nostalgic about the precious era when the history of protracted distrust and confrontation turned into the one of reconciliation and unity, peace and reunification."

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