DPRK Reaffirms Resolving Inter-Korean Issues Independently

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) reaffirmed that the issue of the north- south relations should be resolved independently by the two sides, a spokesman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland of the DPRK said Thursday in Pyangyong.

The spokesman said in a statement that the fifth round of inter-Korean ministerial talks will be resumed in Seoul on September 15-18, six months after they stalled in March. This is entirely ascribable to the initiative taken by the DPRK to solve the issue of the north-South relations independently by the efforts of the Korean nation according to the historic June 15 north-south joint declaration.

The spokesman stressed that if outside interference in the Korean national issue is allowed, the inter-Korean relations in the process of favorable development will be frozen and deteriorate overnight. It is also a lesson taught by the long history of national division and its review. That is why the first point of the June 15 north-south joint declaration calls for settling the issue of the country's reunification independently.

Whether the overall inter-Korean relations including the north- south ministerial talks develop smoothly or not depends entirely on how the south side respects the spirit of the June 15 joint declaration and maintains an independent stand, the spokesman, noted.

The outside forces should no longer stand in the way of the development of the inter-Korean relations and the country's reunification in collusion with the anti-reunification forces in South Korea, the spokesman added.

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