Pyongyang, July 4 (KCNA) — The publication of the three principles of national reunification through the July 4 joint statement was a brilliant fruition of the far-sighted wisdom and ardent patriotic will of President Kim Il Sung and his leadership over the struggle for national reunification. It marked a great event which provided basic principles and ways for accomplishing the cause of reunification to the compatriots and brought about a new turn in the movement for national reunification.
Rodong Sinmun today says this in a signed article dedicated to the 33rd anniversary of the historic July 4 joint statement. It goes on:
The three principles of independence, peaceful reunification and great national unity are the programme for national reunification which laid down the fundamental cornerstone for solving the problem of national reunification by the concerted efforts of the Koreans.
The principle of independence is the fundamental one to be maintained in the movement for national reunification.
Only when the principle of independence is observed in the efforts to accomplish the cause of national reunification is it possible to settle the issue of reunification by the concerted efforts of the Koreans in line with their demand for independence and fundamental interests.
The struggle for national reunification would be unthinkable without national independence as it is aimed at solving the issue of the nation. Outsiders will never make a present of reunification to the Korean nation because they seek their own interests. This is the reason why the principle of independence becomes a cornerstone for solving the problem of the nation and a fundamental principle to govern the struggle for reunification.
The principle of peaceful reunification clarified the basic ways for solving the issue of reunification as unanimously desired by all the compatriots.
The north and the south recognized the common points in the north side’s proposal of low-level federacy and the south side’s commonwealth proposal in the June 15 joint declaration and agreed to work for reunification in this direction. This constitutes a step forward in the efforts to accomplish the cause of reunification by applying the principle of peaceful reunification.
The principle of great national unity is guidelines for action as it calls on all the Koreans to unite as one under the banner of national reunification.
All the Koreans are now pushing forward the process of reconciliation and reunification, united as one in the spirit of “By our nation itself”.
The three principles of independence, peaceful reunification and great national unity serve indeed as a great programme for reunification common to the nation in line with the will and desire of the nation for reunification and the country’s reality and an immortal banner for accomplishing the cause of national reunification, the article stresses.
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