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Joint Press Release on 15th Inter-Korean Ministerial Talks Issued

Pyongyang, June 24 (KCNA) — A joint press release was published at the 15th North-South Ministerial Talks held in Seoul Thursday.

According to it, both sides appreciated the successes made in the bilateral relations over the past five years since the publication of the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration and have agreed as follows on promoting peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula in the idea of “By our nation itself”, the core of the joint declaration:
1. The north and the south decided to dispatch delegations of their authorities to the August 15 national joint functions to be held in the area of the south side and hold a working contact for this in Kaesong within July.

2. The north and the south agreed to take substantial measures to seek a negotiated and peaceful solution to the nuclear issue with the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula as an ultimate goal, depending on the atmosphere to be created to do so.

3. The north and the south decided to arrange the reunions of separated families and relatives at Mt. Kumgang resort from August 26. They, at the same time, agreed to hold a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the Mt. Kumgang Reunion Centre and finish the measurement and geological survey within July to this end.

They also agreed to open the sixth round of the Inter-Korean Red Cross talks within August to discuss such humanitarian issues as the issue of ascertaining the whereabouts of those reported missing during the Korean war.

4. The north and the south decided to start helping separated families and relatives appear on TV screens to see each other on an experimental basis on the occasion of the August 15 liberation day and have a working contact for it in Kaesong around July 10.
5. The north and the south confirmed the illegality and invalidity of the “Ulsa Five-Point Treaty” this year which marks the centenary of the fabrication of the treaty by the Japanese imperialists.

For the present both sides agreed to work for Japan’s return of the “monument to the victory in the battle fought in the northern area of Korea” and take a technical measure to this end.

And they decided to jointly push forward the retrieval of the remains of martyr An Jung Gun.

6. The north and the south agreed on the premise that the third round of the inter-Korean military authorities’ talks will be opened in Mt. Paektu in the future and decided to recommend the inter-Korean military authorities to fix the definite date of the talks.

7. The north and the south agreed to form and operate a panel for cooperation in fisheries under the North-South Committee for the Promotion of Economic Cooperation to ensure peace in the West Sea and hold fishery talks within July to discuss and settle the issues related to cooperation in fisheries including joint fishing.

8. The north and the south agreed to form and operate the “North-South Committee for Agricultural Cooperation” with vice-ministers as its co-chairmen within the framework of the inter-Korean ministerial talks for the purpose of promoting cooperation in the field of agriculture and hold its first meeting in Kaesong around mid-July.

9. The north and the south agreed to allow civilian ships of the north side to pass the Jeju Strait and discuss and settle specific technical issues to this end.

10. The south side decided to supply food to the north side from the compatriotic and humanitarian point of view and handle detailed procedures at the 10th meeting of the North-South Committee for the Promotion of Economic Cooperation.

11. The north and the south decided to hold the 10th meeting of the North-South Committee for the Promotion of Economic Cooperation in Seoul from July 9 to 12 and accordingly take measures to positively promote the economic cooperation.

12. The north and the south agreed to hold the 16th North-South Ministerial Talks in Mt. Paektu from Sept. 13 to 16, 2005 and the 17th talks in the south side’s area within December.

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