Pyongyang, June 15 (KCNA) — The Communist Party of India (Marxist) released a statement on June 9 on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration, in which it branded the United States as an arch criminal destroying peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and obstructing the national cooperation.
A new turning-point for the movement of reunification has been opened on the Korean Peninsula in the basic idea of the joint declaration “By our nation itself” after its publication on June 15, 2000, the statement noted, and said:
In the last five years, multi-channel talks and contacts including the ministerial talks have been held and cooperation and exchanges steadily expanded between the north and the south of Korea despite of interference of outsider forces and obstructions of the anti-reunification forces at home and abroad.
However, the Korean people’s desire for reunification has not been realized due to the moves of the United States to isolate and stifle the DPRK. The U.S. is making desperate efforts to hamstring the favorably developing inter-Korean relations while seeking to stifle the DPRK by force of arms.
We strongly urge the U.S. to withdraw its imperialist aggression forces, the source of all misfortunes and sufferings, from south Korea without delay and refrain from hindering the efforts of the Koreans to achieve the national reunification by themselves.
We are sure that the Korean people will make a new breakthrough for national reunification by carrying the idea of the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration into practice as soon as possible under the wise leadership of Kim Jong Il this year which marks the 60th anniversary of Korea’s liberation.
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