|calendar>>September 30. 2013 Juche 102|
Rodong Sinmun Calls for Implementation of October 4 Declaration
| Pyongyang, September 30 (KCNA) -- Rodong Sinmun Monday carries an article on the lapse of six years since the north and the south adopted and published the October 4 declaration which calls for developing the inter-Korean relations and achieving peace and prosperity after reiterating the spirit of the June 15 joint declaration.
It goes on:
The October 4 declaration clarifies a package of the issues to be solved by the north and south for boosting cooperation and exchange in various fields. They include the issue of definitely converting the inter-Korean relations into those of mutual respect and trust irrespective of the differing ideologies and social systems, the issue of seeking close cooperation in order to terminate the military hostile relations and ensure detente and peace on the Korean Peninsula, the issue of putting an end to the present armistice system and building a lasting peace mechanism and the issue of establishing a "special zone for peace and cooperation in the West Sea."
The October 4 declaration serves as a programme for developing the inter-Korean relations in the interests common to the nation and ushering in a new heyday of peace and prosperity.
The declaration indicates specific ways for developing the inter-Korean relations and achieving peace on the Korean Peninsula and the prosperity common to the nation by the concerted efforts of the nation.
Absolute respect for the June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration and their implementation are the only way for saving the present inter-Korean relations from a crisis.
The present south Korean ruling forces have sidestepped the issue of respecting and implementing the north-south declarations on every opportunity since they came to power.
The confrontation racket kicked up by the puppet conservative forces, abusing the hard-won dialogue between the north and the south for the confrontation with compatriots, amounts to a categorical denial and wanton violation of the June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration.
The principle governing the inter-Korean relations calls for meeting the requirements and interests common to the nation on the basis of the spirit of "By our nation itself" under any circumstances and the way to do so lies in respecting and implementing the June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration.
If the north-south declarations are honestly implemented, the north and the south will be able to eradicate all the leftovers of the era of confrontation as desired by the era and compatriots, turn the inter-Korean relations into those of reconciliation, trust, unity and cooperation and create a new national history of independent reunification, peace and prosperity, the article concludes.
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