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Rodong Sinmun Calls for Adhering to Principle of National Independence
Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- In order to put an end to the national division and reunify the country, it is necessary to adhere to the principle of national independence, says Rodong Sinmun Tuesday in an article.

National independence is a core issue in settling the matters of the nation and the lifeline of national reunification, the article notes, and goes on:

It is none other than the Koreans who have vital interests in national reunification and are capable of achieving it.

Sycophancy and dependence on foreign forces are like ideological poison which makes the nation servile and impotent.

If one loses independence, he becomes a fool, and if the independence of the nation is trampled down, it will be reduced to a slave. This is a bitter lesson taught by history.

If one tries to settle the issue of inter-Korean relations with the help of foreign forces, this will escalate distrust and confrontation between fellow countrymen and the cause of national reunification will face bigger obstacles. It is none other than foreign forces who fish in troubled waters.

National independence or dependence on foreign forces serves as a touchstone distinguishing between reunification and division and between patriotism and treachery.

When everybody adheres to the principle of independence from the stand of giving priority to the nation and attaching importance to it and national unity, the inter-Korean relations will markedly develop and the fundamental issue will be settled to reunify the country.

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