Report on results of DPRK-Japan inter-governmental talks


The DPRK-Japan inter-governmental talks were held in Stockholm, Sweden from May 26 to 28.

Present there were the DPRK delegation led by Ambassador of the Foreign Ministry Song Il Ho and the Japanese delegation led by Director of Asia and Oceania of the Foreign Ministry Junichi Ihara.

Both sides had an in-depth discussion on the issues of settling the inglorious past, settling pending issues and normalizing the bilateral relations according to the DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration.

The Japanese side requested the DPRK side to conduct a survey of all Japanese, including the issue of the remains of the Japanese who died in the territory of the DPRK before and after the year 1945 and the remaining Japanese, Japanese spouses, victims of abduction and missing Japanese.

The DPRK side appreciated the Japanese side's recognition of the efforts made by the DPRK to settle the abduction issue in the past and expressed the willingness to conduct a comprehensive and full-scale survey for the final settlement of all issues related to Japanese though there is its previous stand.

The Japanese side voiced its intent to finally lift the sanctions against the DPRK which it has slapped independently at present.

Both sides agreed as follows, having a close discussion at an early date:

The Japanese side re-clarified its will to settle its inglorious past, solve the pending issues and normalize the relations together with the DPRK side according to the DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration and take a sincere approach towards building confidence between the two countries and settling issues of improving the bilateral relations.

The Japanese side agreed to lift restrictions on visits of persons, lift special measure of restrictions taken against the DPRK regarding money remittance and money carried by visitors and lift the embargo on the entry of the DPRK-flagged ships with a humanitarian mission into the Japanese ports from the point of time that the DPRK side sets up a "special investigation committee" for the comprehensive survey and starts it.

The Japanese side agreed to examine the humanitarian aid to the DPRK at an appropriate time.

It also agreed to have a sincere discussion on the issue of the status of the Koreans in Japan according to the DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration.

The Japanese side appreciated the cooperation rendered by the DPRK side in realizing the visits to ancestral graves in the DPRK by bereaved families of Japan as regards the issue of the remains of Japanese and agreed to take necessary measures, furthering the consultation with the DPRK side in connection with the handling of the remains of Japanese and their graves left uncared in the territory of the DPRK and the visits to the ancestral graves.

 The Japanese side agreed to continue the survey of the Koreans who went missing in the past as requested by the DPRK side and take relevant steps through discussion with the DPRK side.

 The DPRK side agreed to simultaneously conduct a comprehensive survey of all Japanese including the remains and graves of Japanese, remaining Japanese, Japanese spouses, victims of abduction and missing persons.

 To this end, it agreed to set up the "special investigation committee" invested with special mandate and inform the Japanese side of the survey and confirmation when necessary.

When survivors are found, while handling the remains of Japanese, the DPRK side agreed to discuss the issue of course of action and take necessary measures in the direction of sending them back to Japan. 

It was agreed to make a prompt survey and deal with issues arising in this course in various forms and methods through continued discussion with the Japanese side.

In order to confirm issues arising in the comprehensive survey, both sides agreed to arrange meetings between those who wish to contact, realize their visits to the relevant places and take appropriate steps while sharing relevant information.

(KCNA - May 29, 2014)
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