Pak Pong Ju Hosts Banquet for South Side’s Delegation

Pyongyang, June 15 (KCNA) — Premier of the DPRK Cabinet Pak Pong Ju hosted a banquet at the Mansudae Art Theater Tuesday evening in honor of the delegation of the south side’s authorities attending a grand festival for national reunification now under way to mark the 5th anniversary of the publication of the June 15 joint declaration.

Present on invitation were members of the delegation of the south side’s authorities led by Minister of Unification Jong Tong Yong.

Present there were members of the delegation of the north side’s authorities led by Vice-Chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland Kim Ki Nam, Minister of Railways Kim Yong Sam, Minister of Education Kim Yong Jin, Minister of Public Health Kim Su Hak and officials concerned.

Pak in his speech welcomed with compatriotic feelings the delegation of the south side’s authorities that came here to attend the grand festival for national reunification on the occasion.
He said that representatives of the north and south sides’ authorities have joined representatives of Koreans from all walks of life in the north and the south and overseas in such a national event for reunification for the first time in the history of national division, adding this is another remarkable event brought about by the June 15 joint declaration.

Referring to the fact that the idea of “By our nation itself” would always serve as a powerful driving and motive force demonstrating the high dignity and majestic appearance of the Korean nation, the premier underscored the need for the Koreans responsible for the issue of reunification to uphold this idea under any circumstances and successfully solve it by pooling their will and efforts and the need for the authorities of the two sides to fulfill their duties and responsibilities for realizing the desire of all compatriots for reunification as they are directly in charge of the implementation of the joint declaration.

Jong noted in his speech that the north and south authorities have co-sponsored joint functions marking the anniversary of the June 15 event, adding that this proves internally and externally that the south and north authorities are firm in their will to implement the joint declaration.

He pointed out that the June 15 joint declaration stated that the Koreans would solve the problem of peace and reunification independently by their concerted efforts and its publication substantially offered the south and the north an opportunity of mutual help, reconciliation and cooperation, away from the long-standing distrust.

We have tremendous strength provided by the June 15 joint declaration, he noted, expressing the hope that the tasks before the authorities of the two sides would be wisely resolved with the joint functions as a momentum.

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