Pyongyang, July 29 (KCNA) — The Chondoists and activists in the national movement in the north and the south of Korea held a meeting proclaiming the days from July 29, 100 years since the fabrication of the piratical “Taft-Katsura Agreement” by the U.S. and Japanese imperialists, to November 17, 100 years since the fabrication of the “Ulsa Five-point Treaty”, as a period for a “campaign for opposing foreign forces and promoting the national interests and welfare of people.” And they issued a joint declaration dated July 29 in Pyongyang and Seoul in the joint name of the Central Committee of the Chondoist Chongu Party, the Council for Reunification of the Tangun Nation, the Council for Reunification of the Tong Hak Nation and the General Federation of the National Movement Camp.
The declaration said:
One hundred years have passed since Japan committed the above-said crimes. However, it is stepping up its militarization under the patronage of the U.S. and openly revealing its attempt at reinvasion of Korea, far from making a full apology and compensation to the Koreans for its aggression, occupation and plunder.
We, the Chondoists who regard it as their objective to promote the national interests and welfare of people and broadly salve the people, set it as the slogan of their struggle to reject the West and Japan and fight against tyranny and save the people and put it as the way of accomplishing them to achieve unity in purpose and promote virtues in the world, held, together with representatives of various organizations of the national movement, a meeting in Pyongyang and Seoul today to resolutely denounce the crimes of the imperialist big powers, reflecting the burning hatred and resentment at the foreign forces.
Proclaiming the days from July 29 to November 11, one hundred years since the fabrication of the “Ulsa Five-point Treaty”, as a period of the campaign for opposing foreign forces and promoting the national interests and welfare of people, we solemnly declare before the world that we will never allow the destiny of our fellow countrymen to be flouted by foreign forces once again.
We will take an active part in the struggle to defend and glorify the dignity of the nation through the cooperation between the north and the south in the idea of “By our nation itself,” with the pride and honor of being members of the best Korean nation.
We will inherit the anti-Japanese patriotic tradition and achieve cooperation between the north and south in order to dynamically struggle to shatter the Japanese imperialists’ moves to stage a comeback to Korea with the U.S. backing.
This year which marks the 60th anniversary of the defeat of Japanese imperialism and the centenary of the fabrication of the “Ulsa Five-point Treaty” we should force Japan to make full apology and compensation for its past crimes and, at the same time, to truly repent of its ambition for reinvasion.
We the Chondoists in the north and the south will revive the spirit of promoting the national interests and welfare of people and rejecting Japan and arousing the people to a righteous act and thus valiantly wage a joint anti-Japanese struggle.
We will remove from this land the danger of a nuclear war, a produce of the collusion of imperialism, and wage a relentless struggle to achieve peace and reunification of the country.
Let the 70 million Koreans thoroughly defend and uphold the basic spirit of the June 15 joint declaration and vigorously advance to achieve peace and reunification of the country by their concerted efforts.
We Korean religionists and members of the organizations of the national movement united in the national spirit and idea are firmly determined to take the lead in this sacred patriotic movement.
We express conviction that our campaign for opposing foreign forces and promoting the national interests and welfare of people will enjoy full support and response from all the Koreans.
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