calendar>>April 6. 2009 Juche 98
Achieving Great National Unity Called for
Pyongyang, April 6 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun today dedicates a signed article to the 16th anniversary of the publication of President Kim Il Sung's work "10-Point Programme of the Great Unity of the Whole Nation for the Reunification of the Country."

The work expounds the idea that the Koreans who are concerned about the destiny of the nation should open the way for national reunification in firm unity as members of one nation, irrespective of differing ideology, ism, political view and religious belief though they are in the north and the south and overseas. It also clarifies all the problems arising in the accomplishment of the cause of the great national unity.

The article says that the above-said programme set forth by the President serves as a great political programme as it deeply imbued all the Koreans with genuine patriotism and indicated the orientation and ways of achieving the cause of national reunification by the united strength of the whole nation.

Saying that Kim Il Sung's patriotic idea and line for the great unity of the nation have been brilliantly inherited and developed by General Secretary Kim Jong Il, the article stresses that it was a noteworthy event in the history of the movement for national reunification that Kim Jong Il provided the historic June 15 joint declaration and brought about a epoch-making turn in achieving independent reunification and realizing the great unity of the nation.

The idea of "By our nation itself," the basic spirit of the historic north-south joint declarations, is the great idea for the great unity of the nation in the June 15 era of reunification and a patriotic banner to be certainly held fast to in the present drive for independent reunification, peace and prosperity, the article says, and continues:

The stand and attitude to the idea of "By our nation itself" are precisely a touchstone distinguishing reunification from division and patriotism from treachery.

To disregard the idea of "By our nation itself" and act running counter to it, talking about the "dialogue" and "cooperation" can not be understood as a stance truly aspiring after reunification. The denial of "By our nation itself" is, in essence, the negation of the national unity and independent reunification and an unpardonable treachery seeking confrontation with fellow countrymen and a war.

The cause for independent reunification of the Korean nation is sure to triumph as long as there are idea, line and policy of great national unity dynamically propelling the patriotic drive of all the Koreans despite manifold trials and difficulties lying in the road of the reunification of the country.

All the Koreans at home and abroad should accomplish the historic cause of independent reunification, peace and prosperity as soon as possible by more firmly consolidating the unity of the nation under the uplifted banner of "By our nation itself" with confidence and optimism.

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