Solidarity Gathering for Greeting New Year for Implementing North-South Declaration Held
Pyongyang, February 14 (KCNA) -- There was a solidarity gathering for greeting New Year 2019 for implementing north-south declarations, a joint event of organizations comprising people of all circles from the north, the south and abroad, in Mt. Kumgang Resort on Feb. 12 and 13.
Present there were Kim Yong Dae, chairman of the Central Committee of the Korean Social Democratic Party who is chairman of the Consultative Council for National Reconciliation, Pak Myong Chol, presidium member and secretary general of the Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of Korea and chairman of the north side committee for implementing June 15 joint declaration, Ri Chang Bok, permanent representative chairman of the south side committee for implementing June 15 joint declaration, Kim Hong Gol, permanent representative chairman of the All-People Consultative Council for National Reconciliation, Son Hyong Gun, chairman of the overseas side committee for implementing June 15 joint declaration, Cha Sang Bo, vice-chairman of the General Association of Koreans in China, and representatives of organizations of various circles from the north, the south and abroad.
At the meeting of representatives from the north, the south and abroad, the first event of the solidarity gathering, speakers called for realizing alliance and solidarity irrespective of differences in ideology, idea, political view and social system and further accelerating the nationwide advance for implementing the historic Panmunjom declaration and the September Pyongyang Joint Declaration and thus bringing about another epochal turn in developing the north-south ties and accomplishing the cause of national reunification this year.
An appeal to 80 million Korean compatriots was adopted at the meeting of representatives.
At the meeting of chairmen of All-Korean Committee for Implementation of June 15 Joint Declaration and panel meetings of different organizations and oath-taking meeting for greeting sun-rise, the representatives from the north, the south and abroad expressed their will to fulfill their mission and duty in the sacred course for implementing the north-south declarations, new landmarks for independent reunification and peace and prosperity, by pooling their efforts. -0-
Rodong Sinmun Says Inter-Korean Relations Can't Be Appendage of DPRK-U.S. Relations
Pyongyang, January 3 (KCNA) -- Greeting hope-filled New Year, the Korean people look back upon last year plagued with shock, cheers, joy, emotion, disappointment and irritation, and are aflame with the desire for more epochal progress in inter-Korean relations and reunification upon receiving the historic New Year Address of Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.
Contrary to the high expectations and aspirations of the Korean nation, politicians of Washington claim that inter-Korean relations should not move forward faster than the DPRK-U.S. relations and inter-Korean relations should be promoted in parallel with the DPRK-U.S. denuclearization negotiations. The voices calling for speed adjustment cause deep concerns among all the fellow countrymen.
Rodong Sinmun Thursday in a commentary says:
Last year witnessed wonderful changes that had been unimaginable between the north and south of Korea as well as great movements in the Korean peninsula that changed the political topography of the relations between north and south and between the DPRK and the United States. But, in the final analysis, the inter-Korean relations were locked up in stagnation as they have neither contents in formation nor practice in high-sounding words.
No doubt, the blame for it rests with the U.S., which voiced active support for the Panmunjom declaration and the moves for the improved inter-Korean relations whenever an opportunity presented itself, but dropped the check bar in the way of improving inter-Korean relations and put on the brakes in every way.
Throughout the last year the U.S. called for speed control, claiming that the inter-Korean relations have gone far away.
Out of the desire to make progress in the inter-Korean relations this year, we have something to say as regards the U.S. attitude. What does the U.S. seek behind the theory of speed control in the inter-Korean relations?
The theory fully shows that the United States does not want to see the improvement and development of the inter-Korean relations.
The assertion that the inter-Korean relations should not moves forward faster than the DPRK-U.S. relations proves that the U.S. does nothing and keeps others from doing things.
If the U.S. forces a marathon player who runs faster than his American rival to adjust his speed in an international game, it will invite a bitter denunciation.
As seen above mentioned, the U.S. still keeps a burglary logic.
Clear is the reason why the U.S. takes an unreasonable attitude.
The reason is that the U.S. still remains unchanged in the policy hostile towards the DPRK.
The reality shows that the U.S. responded to the DPRK-U.S. dialogue out of its strategic interests, but it has a sinister intention to deprive the DPRK of its nuclear weapons and bring it to its knees without a good will to build a new, good relationship with the DPRK.
Lurking behind such a way of thinking are concern that the more closely the north and the south work for the improvement of the bilateral ties and reunification, the more the U.S. will be left out of the issue of the Korean peninsula, and a calculation that it can shake the basis of the U.S. strategy for the domination of Asia.
It is not too much to say that the theory of adjusting the speed to prevent the north-south ties from going ahead of the DPRK-U.S. relations is a new hostile policy toward the DPRK adopted by the U.S., today when the north-south ties are undergoing drastic development.
It is the Korean nation which will suffer from it.
It is high time that the Korean nation advanced further for the improvement of the north-south ties, not hesitating or looking back while reading the faces of others. It is an experience and lesson drawn last year that when the north and the south dash forward hand in hand, the DPRK-U.S. relations can not but follow.
What is important to note here is that time has come for the U.S. to change its stand and view on the north-south ties.
We will never tolerate the intervention and interference of the U.S. that tries to check the Korean nation's reconciliation, unity and reunification while trying to subordinate the north-south relations to its own tastes and interests.
The U.S. has to drop its old way of thinking of approaching the north-south relations from the standpoint of sanctions and pressure on the DPRK.
The U.S. must have keenly felt last year that the north-south ties do not hurt its strategic interests and instead they are helpful and can be essential for it.
Which is more pressing and urgent for the United States, denuclearization or military hegemony over Asia?
The U.S. has to make wise judgment and cool-headed thinking.
It has to clearly understand the desire of the Korean nation for national reconciliation and reunification and what poisonous effect its stupid way of thinking to dampen the desire will bring.
The U.S. is urged to do what it should do for the improvement of the DPRK-U.S. relations, not making useless admonition while meddling in the issue of the north-south relations, an internal issue of the Korean nation.
The north-south relations belong to the north and the south while the DPRK-U.S. relations belong to the DPRK and the U.S. The north-south ties can never be put under the DPRK-U.S. relations.
This is our warning in New Year. -0-
Inter-Korean Joint Events Held in Mt Kumgang
Pyongyang, November 5 (KCNA) -- Joint events of consultative councils for national reconciliation of the north and the south took place at Mt Kumgang resort on November 3 and 4 to implement the historic Panmunjom Declaration and the "September Pyongyang Joint Declaration".
Present there from the north side were Kim Yong Dae, chairman of the Central Committee of the Korean Social Democratic Party who is chairman of the Consultative Council for National Reconciliation, and delegates of organizations of various circles and from the south side were Kim Hong Gol, permanent chairman of the All-People Consultative Council for National Reconciliation and Cooperation and delegates of organizations of various circles.
At a solidarity meeting of the consultative councils for national reconciliation of the north and the south, speakers called upon all political parties, organizations and personages of the north and the south to prioritize the common demand and interests of the nation irrespective of political view, religious belief, faction, affiliation and isms and realize the solidarity and alliance.
A joint resolution was adopted at the solidarity meeting.
The delegates of the north and the south had inter-sector meetings to express their determination to keep the Panmunjom Declaration and the "September Pyongyang Joint Declaration" as the landmark for reunification.
They looked round Lagoon Samil area of Mt Kumgang tourist zone. -0-
Meeting for National Reunification Marks 11th Anniversary of October 4 Declaration
Pyongyang, October 6 (KCNA) -- A meeting for national reunification marking the 11th anniversary of the publication of the October 4 declaration took place here on Friday.
Present at the meeting were Kim Yong Nam, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea and president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, Kim Yong Dae, vice-president of the SPA Presidium and chairman of the Consultative Council for National Reconciliation, Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, Pak Myong Chol, presidium member and director of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of Korea who is chairman of the North Side Committee for Implementing the June 15 Joint Declaration, An Tong Chun, vice-chairman of the SPA, officials concerned and working people of various circles.
It was attended by the delegation from the south side co-headed by Jo Myong Gyun, minister of Unification, Ri Hae Chan, chairman of the Minju Party who is managing director of the Roh Moo Hyun Foundation, Ri Chang Bok, permanent chairman of the South Side Committee for Implementing June 15 Joint Declaration, Won Hye Yong, a lawmaker, O Ko Don, mayor of Pusan City, and Ji Un Hui, former managing director of the Justice Solidarity for Settling the Issue of Sexual Slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army.
Also present there were Son Hyong Gun, chairman of the Overseas Side Committee for Implementing the June 15 Joint Declaration, Ri Tong Je, vice-chairman of the Overseas Side Committee, Cha Sang Bo, vice-chairman of the General Association of Koreans in China, Jong Hak Phil, chairman of the Canadian Regional Committee of the Overseas Side Committee, Son Kyong Sok, permanent representative of the European Regional Committee of the Overseas Side Committee, delegations from the overseas side and overseas compatriots.
Kim Yong Nam made a congratulatory speech.
He warmly welcomed the delegates from the south and overseas sides attending the meeting.
He recalled that Chairman Kim Jong Il and President Roh Moo Hyun adopted the October 4 declaration at the historic Pyongyang summit and talks 11 years ago to open up a bright prospect for accomplishing the cause of national independence and great unity.
Noting that the top leaders of the north and the south held three summit meetings and talks this year to provide the historic Panmunjom declaration and the "September Pyongyang Joint Declaration", new landmarks for peace and prosperity, to the Koreans, he said all Koreans should turn out in the struggle for implementing the historic north-south declarations.
Then, delegates from the north, the south and overseas took the floor.
Ri Son Gwon and Pak Myong Chol said the north-south relations are undergoing an epochal development thanks to warm patriotism and fixed will of the top leaders of the north and the south to achieve reunification, calling on the authorities of the north and the south and all Koreans to become pioneers and engines for dynamically advancing on the track of peace and prosperity.
Being pleased with the first event common to the nation hosted in Pyongyang for implementing the historic agreement of the "September Pyongyang Joint Declaration," Minister Jo Myong Gyun and Managing Director Ri Hae Chan expressed conviction that the south-north relations would develop into a new high level, thanks to the Panmunjom declaration and the Pyongyang joint declaration.
Saying that all Koreans have taken a step toward the improvement of the north-south relations, peace, prosperity and reunification, Chairman Son Hyong Gun expressed his will to let compatriots of various circles dynamically conduct the campaign for accelerating the implementation of the historic north-south declarations in various forms and ways.
A joint appeal was released at the meeting. -0-
Everyone Should Turn out for Implementation of Panmunjom Declaration
Pyongyang, August 29 (KCNA) -- The thorough implementation of the historic Panmunjom declaration is the unanimous desire and firm will of the Korean nation.
In line with this common desire and will, practical measures for implementing the declaration have been taken to yield fruit in relations between the north and the south of Korea.
Multi-lateral dialogue, negotiations, visits and contacts have been made. Basketball games for reunification and football games of workers for reunification were held in Pyongyang and Seoul and there were the reunions of families and relatives, who had remained separated for decades amidst pain of division, on the occasion of August 15.
The north and the south jointly take part in international games including the 18th Asian Games, demonstrating the resourcefulness, talents and united might of the nation.
All these are a clear manifestation of the validity and vitality of the Panmunjom declaration.
The reality proves that the Panmunjom declaration is the most realistic and rational programme for independent reunification and that the rosy future of the nation lies in its implementation.
The positive atmosphere of four months after the adoption of the April 27 declaration is clearly a favorable trend promoting the improvement of the north-south ties but it is just the first step.
There are still fundamental issues whose solution brooks no further delay, such as the comprehensive and landmark improvement and development of the north-south relations, relaxation of military tension, removal of the danger of a war, termination of the instable armistice state and establishment of stable peace mechanism on the Korean peninsula.
The north and the south should trust and take care of each other and make joint efforts to ensure the prompt implementation of the Panmunjom declaration reflecting the unanimous desire of the entire Korean nation.
No matter how the surrounding environment and situation may change, we have to firmly maintain the principle of national independence and open up the epochal phase for the improvement and development of the north-south ties.
There still lie difficulties and hurdles in the way of implementing the Panmunjom declaration.
Such a precedent in which the historic June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration failed to make epochal development and advancement due to the hostile forces' moves despite their adoption should not be repeated.
Recently south Koreans from all walks of life call for the withdrawal of the hostile policy toward the DPRK, adoption of the declaration on the end of war and conclusion of peace accord, contending that they would take the Panmunjom declaration as a "law of independent reunification, peace and prosperity" and that the improvement of the south-north relations is an urgent issue which brooks no further delay while pledging to take the lead in the implementation of the declaration if the "government" is unsure about its willingness for implementation due to the surrounding situation.
Whoever is a member of the Korean nation should turn out as one in implementing the declaration, being aware of the mission and obligation before the nation to end the history of division and confrontation and open up a new era of peace and reunification. -0-
Tok Island Belongs to Korea Forever: Spokesman for History Society of DPRK
Pyongyang, August 9 (KCNA) -- Shortly ago, the Japanese authorities made public the measure for implementing the teaching manuals to the effect that Tok Island is "part of Japan" for senior high schools to be applied from 2019.
The already-adopted teaching manuals say that Tok Island is "pertaining to Japan" and it is "illegally occupied".
According to this, senior high schools of Japan are to begin from 2019 the education that Tok Island marked as "Takeshima" is "part of Japan".
What is more serious is that the teaching manuals serve as the teaching guideline of the government which has a legal binding power and is surely to be reflected in the teaching program as a reference book for teaching.
A spokesman for the History Society of the DPRK said in the statement on Thursday that Japan's claim to "dominium over Tok Island" was a shameless distortion of history and a gangster-like move to grab the territory.
The statement went on:
Tok Island is pertaining to Korea as the Korean people have reclaimed and possessed one thousand and hundreds of years ago and all successive feudal governments of Japan have repeatedly recognized Korea's dominium over Tok Island.
As for the "admission of Tok Island into Shimane Prefecture" in 1905 which Japan insisted as the ground for the claim to "dominium over Tok Island", it was an illegal occupation of the territory as it is a criminal product of the Japanese imperialists' policy for occupying Korea.
Japan's claim to "dominium over Tok Island" is, in the final analysis, a move to revive militarism to legalize and justify the Japanese imperialists' occupation of the territory and an unpardonable move against history.
Historians of the DPRK warn Japan, the sworn enemy, against resorting to shameless move to grab territory, refusing to make an apology and reparation for the past colonial crimes and strongly demand that Japan immediately roll back a wrong decision to instill distorted history and militarism into new generations to come. -0-
Anniversary of July 4 Joint Statement Observed
Pyongyang, July 4 (KCNA) -- Leading newspapers of the DPRK on Wednesday dedicate articles to the 46th anniversary of the publication of the July 4 Joint Statement.
They praise feats of President Kim Il Sung who put his heart and soul into the work to reunify the country, regarding it as his lifelong mission.
Rodong Sinmun says:
In impressive July Juche 61 (1972), the July 4 Joint Statement, whose keynote is the three principles of independence, peaceful reunification and great national unity, was made public under the energetic leadership of President Kim Il Sung.
It was a great national historic event that dispelled the dark clouds of division and confrontation and gave all the fellow countrymen optimism and hope for national reunification.
Thanks to the rare wisdom and indefatigable efforts of the President, the three principles of national reunification were advanced. They were a treasured sword helping the Korean nation settle the issue of national reunification by itself in conformity with its demand and basic interests and a sure guarantee for pressing ahead with the national reunification movement along the orbit of independence in any storms and stress.
The President made sure that the three principles were abided by thoroughly despite the manifold hardships in the struggle for national reunification. And he set forth realistic reunification policies based on the principles and united all the fellow countrymen firmly under the banner of independent reunification and great national unity.
It is the greatest feats for the country and nation that he put forward a proposal for founding the Democratic Federal Republic of Koryo and the 10-Point Programme of the Great Unity of the Whole Nation for the Reunification of the Country, thus laying a firm foundation for the accomplishment of the cause of national reunification.
Minju Joson also says the adoption of the July 4 Joint Statement was a great victory of the independent and peaceful reunification policy set forth by the President and an epoch-making event that provided a basic cornerstone of inter-Korean ties and the national reunification movement. -0-
Historic First DPRK-U.S. Summit Meeting and Talks Held
Pyongyang, June 13 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, held the summit meeting and talks with Donald J. Trump, president of the United States of America, at Sentosa Island of Singapore on June 12, 2018 for the first time in the histories of the two countries.
Thanks to the fixed decision and will of the top leaders of the two countries to put an end to the extreme hostile relations between the DPRK and the U.S., which lingered for the longest period on the earth on terms of acute confrontation and to open up a new future for the sake of the interests of the peoples of the two countries and global peace and security, the first DPRK-U.S. summit is to be held.
Singapore, the country of the epoch-making meeting much awaited by the whole world, was awash with thousands of domestic and foreign journalists and a large crowd of masses to see this day's moment which will remain long in history.
Kim Jong Un left his lodging quarters at 8:10 a.m. local time and arrived at Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island of Singapore, the venue of the talks.
Seen standing at the lobby of the venue of the talks where the top leaders of the DPRK and the U.S. will have the first meeting were the flags of the DPRK and the U.S.
At 9:00 a.m. local time the respected Supreme Leader of the party, state and army of the DPRK Kim Jong Un met and shook hands with U.S. President Donald J. Trump for the first time.
The top leaders of the two countries came to take their first step toward reconciliation for the first time in the 70 odd years-long history of standoff and antagonism since the division of the Korean Peninsula, and to stand face to face at the venue of dialogue.
Chairman Kim Jong Un had a souvenir photo taken with President Trump. The two top leaders went to the conference room, having a familiar talk.
Tete-a-tete talks were held between the two top leaders.
Noting that it was not easy to get to where they were,
Kim Jong Un made the meaningful words there was a past that gripped their ankles and prejudice and wrong practice covered their eyes and ears, but they overcame all that to come to this place and stand at a new starting point.
The two top leaders had a candid exchange of views on the practical issues of weighty significance in putting an end to the decades-long hostile relations between the DPRK and the U.S. and making peace and stability settle on the Korean Peninsula.
Then followed extended talks.
Present there from the DPRK side were Kim Yong Chol and Ri Su Yong, vice-chairmen of the Central Committee of the WPK, and Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho.
Present there from the U.S. side were Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, United States National Security Advisor John Bolton and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
There was a comprehensive and in-depth discussion over the issues of establishing new DPRK-U.S. relations and building a permanent and durable peace mechanism on the Korean peninsula at the talks.
Noting that he is pleased to sit face-to-face with President Trump and the U.S. side's delegation, Chairman Kim Jong Un highly praised the president's will and enthusiasm to resolve matters in a realistic way through dialogue and negotiations, away from the hostility-woven past.
Expressing belief that the summit talks would lead to improvement of the DPRK-U.S. relations, President Trump appreciated that an atmosphere of peace and stability was created on the Korean Peninsula and in the region, although distressed with the extreme danger of armed clash only a few months ago, thanks to the proactive peace-loving measures taken by the respected Supreme Leader from the outset of this year.
Noting that many problems occurred due to deep-rooted distrust and hostility existing between the two countries,
Kim Jong Un said in order to achieve peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and realize its denuclearization, the two countries should commit themselves to refraining from antagonizing each other out of mutual understanding, and take legal and institutional steps to guarantee it.
He also underlined the need for the DPRK and the U.S. to take practical measures actively to carry out the issues discussed at the talks and the joint statement at an early date.
Kim Jong Un made an immediate agreement on Trump's proposal for recovering the remains of American soldiers and repatriating those already identified and gave an instruction to take a measure for settling it as early as possible.
Noting that the building of lasting and durable peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula is of weighty significance in ensuring peace and security in the region and the rest of the world, he said that it is urgent to make bold decision on halting irritating and hostile military actions against each other.
Expressing his understanding of it, Trump expressed his intention to halt the U.S.-south Korea joint military exercises, which the DPRK side regards as provocation, over a period of good-will dialogue between the DPRK and the U.S., offer security guarantees to the DPRK and lift sanctions against it along with advance in improving the mutual relationship through dialogue and negotiation.
Kim Jong Un clarified the stand that if the U.S. side takes genuine measures for building trust in order to improve the DPRK-U.S. relationship, the DPRK, too, can continue to take additional good-will measures of next stage commensurate with them.
Kim Jong Un and Trump had the shared recognition to the effect that it is important to abide by the principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action in achieving peace, stability and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
That day, a luncheon was given in honor of the top leaders of the DPRK and the U.S. and participants in the talks.
Exchanged at the luncheon were views on further animating communication, contact and visit between both sides to cement the achievements made at the DPRK-U.S. talks and remarkably develop the DPRK-U.S. relations.
After the luncheon, the top leaders had a walk, deepening friendly feelings.
Kim Jong Un, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, and Donald J. Trump, president of the USA, signed a joint statement of the historic Singapore summit talks.
Kim Jong Un said that today both sides came to sign the historic joint statement heralding a new start, passing the past over, stating that the world would witness an important change.
Kim Jong Un had a meaningful photo session with Trump to commemorate the signing of the historic document and bid him farewell.
Chairman Kim Jong Un and President Trump expressed expectation and belief that the two countries which have lived in the quagmire of hostility, distrust and hatred would pass the unhappy past over and dynamically advance toward an excellent and proud future beneficial to each other and another new era, the era of the DPRK-U.S. cooperation would open up.
Kim Jong Un invited Trump to visit Pyongyang at a convenient time and Trump invited Kim Jong Un to visit the U.S.
The two top leaders gladly accepted each other's invitation, convinced that it would serve as another important occasion for improved DPRK-U.S. relations.
The DPRK-U.S. summit talks held in Singapore with success amid enthusiastic support and welcome of the whole world come to be a great event of weighty significance in further promoting the historic trend toward reconciliation and peace, stability and prosperity being created in the Korean Peninsula and the region and in making a radical switchover in the most hostile DPRK-U.S. relations, as required by the developing times. -0-
U.S. Is to Blame for Escalation of Tension on Korean Peninsula
Pyongyang, May 25 (KCNA) -- A researcher of the Disarmament and Peace Institute of the DPRK Foreign Ministry made public a commentary titled "Who Is to Blame for Escalation of Tensions on Korean Peninsula" on Friday.
He in the commentary denounced the U.S. for having staged the madcap 2018 Max Thunder joint air combat drills to be the largest against the DPRK from May 11 through 25 and thus ruptured the north-south high-level talks.
Branding the U.S.-south Korea joint military exercises as an open challenge to the Panmunjom declaration the north and the south of Korea agreed and made public to the world, the commentary said:
Clear is the ultimate purpose sought by the U.S. in continuously holding joint military exercises going against the atmosphere of d?tente created on the Korean peninsula.
That is to further spur the formation of the U.S.-Japan-south Korea triangular military alliance and maintain a military edge in Asia-Pacific.
This is clearly evidenced by the involvement of B-52 strategic bombers in the 2018 Max Thunder and the original plan to hold it as the U.S.-Japan-south Korea combined air drill involving fighters of Japan and south Korea.
Last year there were a total of four U.S.-Japan-south Korea missile warning drills under the manipulation of the U.S., an indication that the U.S. has long tried to inveigle Japan into the U.S.-south Korea joint military drill to have Japan form military nexus with south Korea.
All facts clearly prove once again that the joint military exercises which the U.S. holds in the Korean peninsula are the root cause of the escalation of tension in the region and that they have something to do with the U.S. Asia domination strategy.
The international community is required to see with awakened eyes that the U.S. and south Korean warlike forces have escalated the situation through military provocations like the joint military exercises whenever important agreements were reached between the north and the south, and to see who really stems the trend toward peace and reconciliation on the Korean peninsula.
As long as the U.S. and south Korea continue to hold joint military exercises, the sky over the Korean peninsula will not be clear even a single day and it would be hard to guarantee the present trend toward d?tente and the peace and stability in the region. -0-
Press Release of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Pyongyang, May 12 (KCNA) -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea issued a following press release on Saturday:
In accordance with the decision of the Third Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, the Nuclear Weapon Institute and other concerned institutions are taking technical measures for dismantling the northern nuclear test ground of the DPRK in order to ensure transparency of discontinuance of the nuclear test.
A ceremony for dismantling the nuclear test ground is now scheduled between May 23 and 25, depending on weather condition.
Dismantlement of the nuclear test ground will be done in the following sequence-making all tunnels of the test ground collapse by explosion; completely blocking entries; removing all observation facilities, research institutes and structures of guard units on the ground.
In parallel with dismantlement of the nuclear test ground, guards and researchers will be withdrawn and the surrounding area of the test ground be completely closed.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK is authorized, in this regard, to release the following decisions.
First, it has intention to allow not only the local press but also journalists of other countries to conduct on-the-spot coverage in order to show in a transparent manner the dismantlement of the northern nuclear test ground to be carried out in accordance with the decision of the Third Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.
In due consideration of small space of the test ground, journalists from other countries will be confined to those from China, Russia, United States, United Kingdom and south Korea.
Second, the following steps will be taken for providing convenience of visit and coverage to international journalists.
1) All international journalists will be provided with charter flight from Beijing to Wonsan, and other related steps such as opening territorial air space will be taken.
2) Special accommodation will be arranged in Wonsan for stay of the international journalists, and press center be set up for their use.
3) Special charter train will be arranged from Wonsan to the northern nuclear test ground for the international journalists.
4) In consideration of the fact that the test ground is located in the uninhabited deep mountain area, the international journalists will be accommodated in the special charter train and be provided with appropriate conveniences.
5) Necessary conditions and cooperation will be provided to the international journalists so that they can transmit at the press center about dismantlement of the test ground which they have covered on the spot.
The DPRK will, also in the future, promote close contacts and dialogue with the neighboring countries and the international society so as to safeguard peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and over the globe. -0-