Seoul Rejects Pyongyang's Proposal to Celebrate June 15 Declaration

  • Arirang News

    May 28, 2013 10:00

    Seoul has indirectly rejected a proposal by Pyongyang asking local civic groups to help it organize a ceremony marking the anniversary of a landmark inter-Korean declaration that was signed 13 years ago. North Korea made the request last week.

    The declaration, signed by then-president Kim Dae-jung and former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il after the first inter-Korean summit on June 15, 2000, outlines five main provisions to be implemented by the two sides in hope of a peaceful reunification.

    Seoul's Unification Ministry said Monday in a statement that if Pyongyang wants to thaw strained relations, it should first respond to Seoul's request for inter-Korean talks.

    The ministry stressed that the North should make an effort to restore trust by reconnecting the military hotline at Kaesong and resolving pending issues at the suspended industrial zone, rather than trying to contact civic groups.

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