Inter-Korean Working-level Talks Open

Kaesong, May 16 (KCNA) — The working-level talks between the north and south authorities were opened here Monday.

The talks were attended by delegates led by Kim Man Gil, deputy director of the Secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, and suite members from the north side and delegates with Ri Pong Jo, “vice-minister of Unification,” as chief delegate and suite members from the south side.

The head of the north side spoke at the talks.

He referred to a series of issues in making sure that the talks provide the north and the south with a sure guarantee for implementing the June 15 joint declaration and bringing about a thaw in the present frozen inter-Korean relations and positively improving them.

He urged the south side to reflect on its wrong acts of creating abnormal situations such as the measure taken by it not to allow the visit to Pyongyang by a civilian delegation to pay homage to President Kim Il Sung last year and give assurances that such things would not occur again. He, at the same time, advanced a proposal on inviting representatives of the north and south authorities to participate in the functions of the grand festival for national reunification slated to take place on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the declaration in order to add significance to the festival.

He also proposed the south side to take practical steps such as abolishing the “National Security Law” and stopping joint military exercises targeted against fellow countrymen with a view to creating conditions and an environment for resuming dialogues at different levels including north-south ministerial talks as early as possible and to achieve the common prosperity of the nation through north-south cooperation.

The chief delegate of the south side also spoke at the talks.

The talks continue.

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