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N. Korea's media renew calls for Seoul's implementation of summit deals

2018/09/14 09:13

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SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's state media reiterated calls for South Korea to faithfully implement summit agreements Friday, emphasizing the importance of cooperation between the two Koreas without outside interference.

"The north and south should make consistent efforts to improve their relations against any circumstances and atmosphere and faithfully carry out the Panmunjom Declaration," said the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling party.

"No matter how complex and intertwined the issue of inter-Korean relations and political situations surrounding the Korean Peninsula might be, if we recognize responsibility that we have before our time and history and have a willingness to live up to the demand from our people, we can surely make progress in the north-south relations," it added.

The Panmunjom Declaration is the set of agreements that the two nations' leaders reached in a summit in April. They agreed to work toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, end hostile acts against each other and foster cross-border exchange and contacts.

The two Koreas are set to open a joint liaison office in the North's border town of Kaesong on Friday as part of those agreements.

It was supposed to open in August but its launch had been delayed amid apparent U.S. anxiety over inter-Korean ties advancing faster than its currently stalemated denuclearization talks with the North.

The newspaper emphasized that progress in inter-Korean relations is "not something that should be endorsed by anybody" and said that there is no reason to care about how outside people view what the two Koreas are doing.

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