16 June 2017

News Story: DPRK says June 15 Joint Declaration sacred bond for realizing reunification

PYONGYANG, June 15 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Thursday that the June 15 Joint Declaration is a sacred bond between the sides of Korea and the sole foundation for bringing about national reunification.

In a dispatch carried by the official daily Rodong Sinmun, Pyongyang urged South Korean President Moon Jae-in to prove whether he is truly seeking peaceful reunification by endorsing the declaration, which was backed by two previous South Korean presidents.

"It is a monumental document and the supreme reunification program of the nation that put the principle of national reunification and the ways for achieving it into an agreement of the Korean nation," said the official newspaper of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.

Late DPRK top leader Kim Jong Il and then South Korean President Kim Dae-jung signed the declaration 17 years ago in Pyongyang during the first summit of the two leaders from both sides of the Korean Peninsula since the 1950-53 Korean War which led to the division of the nation.

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