DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration Published

The DPRK-Japan Pyongyang declaration was published Tuesday by Korean Central News Agency(KCNA).

The declaration reads in full:

The DPRK-Japan Pyongyang declaration.

Kim Jong Il, Chairman of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and Junichiro Koizumi, Japanese prime minister, met and had talks in Pyongyang on September 17, 2002.

The two top leaders shared the view that liquidating the unpleasant past between the DPRK and Japan, settling the pending issues and establishing fruitful political, economic and cultural relations between them are in the basic interests of both sides and greatly conducive to regional peace and stability.

1. Both sides decided to exert all efforts to establish the diplomatic ties at an early date on the basis of the spirit and main principle laid down in the declaration and resume the negotiations on opening them within October, 2002.

Both sides expressed strong resolution to sincerely address all issues existing between the two countries in the course of normalizing the ties on the basis of relationship based on mutual trust.

2. The Japanese side honestly admitted the historical facts that it had inflicted huge damage and sufferings upon the Korean people during its past colonial rule over Korea and keenly reflected on and sincerely apologized for them.

Both sides decided to earnestly discuss the specific scope and content of economic cooperation at the talks for normalizing the diplomatic ties on the basis of basic understanding that it is in the spirit of the declaration for the Japanese side to render economic cooperation to the DPRK side including grants in aid, low-interest long-term loans and humanitarian aid through international organizations and provide loans and credit through the International Cooperation Bank of Japan, etc. from the viewpoint of aiding non-governmental economic activities in the period both sides think appropriate after the normalization of diplomatic ties.

Both sides agreed to consult the normalization of diplomatic relations in detail at the talks for normalizing diplomatic relations on the basic principle of abandoning each other's claims on national and individual assets that existed before August 15, 1945.

The sides agreed to sincerely discuss the status of Koreans in Japan and cultural treasures at the talks on normalizing diplomatic relations.

3. Both sides confirmed their will to observe international law and refrain from threatening mutual security. As regards the pending issue concerning the life and security of Japanese nationals the DPRK side declared that it would take a proper measure to prevent the recurrence of such regrettable things, a product of the abnormal relations between the DPRK and Japan.

4. Both sides affirmed their will to cooperate with each other to preserve and consolidate peace and stability in northeast Asia.

Both sides shared the understanding that it is important to underscore the importance of building a structure of cooperative relations based on confidence among the countries concerned in the region and reinforce the framework to promote the confidence-building in the region in step with the normalization of their relations.

Both sides affirmed the pledge to observe all the international agreements for a comprehensive solution to the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula. They also underscored the need to facilitate the settlement of problems by promoting the dialogue among the countries concerned as regards all security matters including nuclear and missile issues.

The DPRK side expressed its will to extend its moratorium on missile tests beyond 2003 in the spirit of the declaration.

Both sides agreed to discuss issues related to ensuring security.

Kim Jong Il Chairman of the National Defence Commision, DPRK Junichiro Koizumi Prime Minister of Japan

September 17, 2002 Pyongyang

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