[It is an agreement that South Korea's President Lee Myung Bak would rather forget -- which is probably why the DPRK is reminding South Koreans and the world about the inter-Korean peace agreement signed on 4 October 2007 by the late ROK President Roh Moo-hyun and the late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il. Here are three reports: the first from South Korea's Arirang TV, the second from China's Xinhua news service, and finally an email to CanKor from the DPR Korean Committee of Solidarity with the World People. --CanKor]
N. Korea Puts Importance on Oct. 4 Peace Declaration
SEOUL, 4 October 2012 (Arirang News)
North Korea has put the 2007 inter-Korean peace declaration back into spotlight.
Then South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun held a landmark inter-Korean summit with late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, where Roh vowed to provide financial aid to the North and push for large-scale joint economic projects, in exchange for Pyongyang’s denuclearization.
Marking the fifth anniversary of the signing, the North’s Korean Central News Agency lashed out at the current Lee Myung-bak administration for scrapping the so-called Oct. 4th declaration.
The agency stressed the full implementation of the agreements is the only way to peaceful reunification and co-prosperity.
Experts say Pyongyang’s claims are targeted at South Korea’s next administration, with the presidential election just weeks away.
Implementation of Oct. 4 Declaration urged to improve inter-Korea ties
PYONGYANG, 4 October 2012 (Xinhua)
The DPRK, South Korea and the Overseas Side Committees for Implementing the June 15 Joint Declaration on Tuesday called for implementing the October 4 Declaration to improve relations between the two sides of the Korean Peninsula.
The appeal was made on the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the October 4 Declaration, reported KCNA, the official news agency of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
The committees said in a statement that there was a stumbling block in the way of implementing the declaration, “but no one could deny the stirring reality brought about by the north-south joint declarations and their significance in the history of the nation.”
It was necessary to resume and promote all the activities for the implementation, deal with all issues arising between the north and the south with the joint declaration as a yardstick and settle them in line with the requirements and interests of the nation, they said.
The statement ended with a call for ending the discord and confrontation and usher in a new era of peace, independence and reunification and implement the June 15 Joint Declaration and the October 4 Declaration to build a peaceful and prosperous reunified nation.
The October 4 Declaration, also called the Declaration for Development of North-South Relations and Peace and Prosperity, was signed by top DPRK leader Kim Jong Il and then South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun on Oct. 4, 2007 to boost relations between the two countries and promote peace on the peninsula and national unification.
5th anniversary of the publication of October 4 Declaration
PYONGYANG, 4 October 2012 (Email from the Korean Committee of Solidarity with the World People)
We extend warm greetings from Pyongyang!
It is 5 years since that the historic October 4 declaration was published.
The publication of the declaration marked an event of great significance as it replaced the history of distrust and confrontation by a history of reconciliation, unity, peace and reunification.
Had this been given steady continuity, the day of Korea’s reunification would have come earlier.
Since the Lee Myung Bak came to power in south Korea, however, the north-south relations have been seriously deteriorated and monstrous obstacles were laid for the implementation of the declaration. Only an atmosphere of confrontation with fellow countrymen and the danger of war are prevailing in the Korean Peninsula.
After declaring sycophancy towards the U.S. and dependence upon foreign forces as the top priority task of its foreign policy, the group of traitors ignored the October 4 declaration, bedeviling the inter-Korean relations.
The group is escalating its moves for a war against fellow countrymen after raising again the “Cheonan” warship sinking case, a fiction. It went the lengths of unhesitatingly perpetrating such unpardonable political and military provocations as hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK.
As proven in 5 years by the developments since the publication of the October 4 declaration, there will be a way out for the nation and it can achieve reunification, peace and prosperity if it upholds and implements the joint declaration but if it is abandoned, it would bring nothing but greater misfortune and sufferings and a war disaster.
We know that you want peace, stability prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and the world. And also, we firmly believe that you will denounce the confrontation war exercise against the DPRK without parallel with compatriots of the south Korean authorities and give constant supports to Korean people who are making efforts for reunifying the country independently and peacefully without any foreign interference.
Sincerely yours, Korean Committee of Solidarity with the World People.