Pyongyang, December 2 (KCNA) — The delegation of Japanese political parties gave a dinner at Pyongyang Koryo Hotel today over its visit to the DPRK.
Present on invitation were secretary Kim Yong Sun, department director Kim Yang Gon and vice department director Song Ho Gyong of the Central Committee of the Worker’s Party of Korea and other Korean officials concerned.
Also present were the members of the Japanese delegation led by Tomiichi Murayama, former prime minister and member of the House of Representatives, suite members, officials of the Foreign Ministry, other personnel concerned and reporters of major mass media of Japan.
In his speech at the dinner, Tomiichi Murayama said he thought it was important for Japan and the DPRK to have dialogue, though there are difficult problems in bilateral relations.
Pyongyang is a very beautiful city and gives deep impression, he said, adding that he imagined the day when many Japanese visit Pyongyang and see its beautiful sight and many Koreans visit Japan.
He hoped his delegation’s visit to the DPRK would mark an occasion for Japan and the DPRK to become near and close countries.
In his reply, Kim Yong Sun said intergovernmental talks between the DPRK and Japan for the liquidation of the unhappy history of this century and normalization of bilateral relations should be resumed without any preconditions, that pending humanitarian issues be resolved through the red cross channel and that exchange be developed between political parties.
The Worker’s Party of Korea will strive to make progress in the DPRK-Japan relations, he declared.
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