N Korea wants bet­ter ties with the South

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

PY­ONGYANG: North Korea yes­ter­day urged the South Korean new govern­ment to im­prove in­terKorean re­la­tions.

Rodong Sin­mun, the of­fi­cial daily of the rul­ing Korean Work­ers’ Party, said in a com­men­tary that the adop­tion of the June 15 Joint Dec­la­ra­tion thawed the north-south con­fronta­tion which had ex­isted for more than half a cen­tury.

The June 15 Joint Dec­la­ra­tion was is­sued af­ter then South Korean Pres­i­dent Kim Dae-jung and late North Korean top leader Kim Jong Il met in Py­ongyang in 2000.

The keynote of the dec­la­ra­tion is that the Korean na­tion is re­spon­si­ble for Korea’s re­uni­fi­ca­tion and the is­sue of na­tional re­uni­fi­ca­tion should be set­tled in­de­pen­dently solely by the Korean na­tion it­self. Xin­hua

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