Joint press statement of Korean and Japanese party delegations

Pyongyang, December 3 (KCNA) — A joint press statement was released here today between the Worker’s Party of Korea and Japanese political parties delegations.

It was signed by Kim Yong Sun who is leading the WPK delegation and Tomiichi Murayama who is leading the delegation of Japanese political parties.

It reads:

A delegation of Japanese political parties led by former prime minister Tomiichi Murayama visited Pyongyang from December 1 to 3, Juche 88 (1999) at the invitation of the Worker’s Party of Korea.

President Kim Yong Nam of the presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK met and had a conversation with the delegation.

Talks were held between a WPK delegation headed by secretary Kim Yong Sun and the delegation of Japanese political parties led by former prime minister Murayama.

At the talks the party delegations of the two countries had a candid exchange of views on points in which the two countries are interested.

They said the DPRK-Japan relations have not yet been improved even when the 21st century is at hand.

Considering it necessary to liquidate the unhappy history as soon as possible and improve and develop the DPRK-Japan relations in the interests of the peoples of the two countries, they have agreed as follows:

1. The two sides agreed to the importance of the resumption of inter-governmental negotiations between the DPRK and Japan on opening state relations on the basis of dialogue and exchange held hitherto between political parties and governments of the DPRK and Japan and decided to urge their governments to work toward an early resumption of the negotiations.

2. With the Pyongyang visit of the delegation of Japan political parties as an occasion, the two sides agreed to the importance of the settlement of humanitarian issues in which the DPRK and Japan are interested and decided to recommend Red Cross organizations to cooperate with each other with the help of their governments.

3. The two sides decided to increase interchange and visits to do away with mistrust existing between the two countries and promote mutual understanding and friendship.

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