Korean and Japanese Women Meet

Pyongyang, August 31 (KCNA) — A solidarity meeting of Korean and Japanese women for Korea’s reunification and the normalization of the DPRK-Japan relations was held in Pyongyang on Monday.

Hong Son Ok, vice-chairwoman of the Korean Society for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries who is chairwoman of the Korean Women’s Association, in her speech said the Korean people were greatly enraged by the fact that the Japanese right-wing conservatives have inaugurated new monitoring bodies of various types, enacted and supplemented new regulations and adopted the “law on sanctions” against the DPRK and evil laws against the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) one after another in order to impose economic sanctions on the DPRK and crack down upon Chongryon.

Japan’s behavior of supporting the United States which has left no means untried to stifle the DPRK is touching off bitter indignation and resentment among the Korean people, she noted , and continued:

The DPRK-Japan relations have entered a new phase since the DPRK-Japan summit talks held in May. The women of the two countries should pool efforts to usher in a new era of reconciliation and friendship between the DPRK and Japan.

Sumiko Shimizu, head of the Japanese women’s “Peace Line” visiting group who is representative of the Japanese Women’s Society for Solidarity with the Korean Women, in her speech said that the Korean people are dynamically advancing to defend the sovereignty of the country and achieve peaceful reunification by their concerted efforts while striving to implement the June 15 joint declaration. The Japanese women will positively support and encourage the Korean people in their just struggle to achieve the country’s reunification, she stressed.

She noted that the Bush regime has escalated the tensions in the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia, forcing the DPRK to scrap its nuclear program and revealing its attempt to mount a nuclear preemptive attack on it after designating the DPRK as part of an “axis of evil.”

Speeches were made at the meeting.

A resolution adopted there said that the DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration is a step forward in realizing the hope for peace in Northeast Asia. It clarified a 5-point resolve carrying the will to achieve peace and stability in Northeast Asia through solidarity between the DPRK and Japan.

The resolve calls for lifting the voices demanding an earlier normalization of the DPRK-Japan relations, properly educating the younger generation in history and struggling against all sorts of national discrimination. It also deals with issues arising in positively supporting and encouraging the just cause of the Korean people and conducting a dynamic campaign to attain the common purpose.

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