Spirit of National Independence Is Core of June 15 Joint Declaration

Pyongyang, June 14 (KCNA) — A forum was co-sponsored by the Headquarters of the Movement for the Reunified Nation and the Council of South-North Non-Governmental Economic Exchange in Seoul on June 9 on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the publication of the June 15 joint declaration.

The speakers at the forum stressed that the core of the June 15 joint declaration is the spirit of national independence and national cooperation should be strengthened for its implementation.

The greatest success over the last 5 years since the publication of the declaration is that the consciousness of national independence has grown among the south Koreans and this has led to the deepened understanding of the necessity of an independent diplomacy and, specially, the need to fundamentally reshape the subordinate south Korea-U.S. relations, they said.

They accused the present “government” of spoiling the spirit of the joint declaration, delaying a solution to the nuclear issue and retarding South-North economic cooperation including the building of the Kaesong industrial zone by aligning itself with the Bush administration in the policy to isolate and stifle the north.

They noted that the amplified subordinate south Korea-U.S. “alliance” and “cooperation” have been the main factor of obstruction to the implementation of the joint declaration and the development of the inter-Korean relations.

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