Nation's future hinges on implementation of inter-Korean declarations

By The Pyongyang Times

When all the Korean people turn out in one mind and will, they can bring a rosy future of the nation.

If they lack the will to carve out national destiny independently, they can never resolve the internal issue of the nation nor firmly guarantee national dignity and interests.

This can clearly be illustrated by the current inter-Korean relationship which is now at a standstill despite the unprecedented trend for d├ętente in the Korean peninsula.

Last year, the north and south of Korea committed themselves in the eyes of all the fellow countrymen and international community to improving and developing inter-Korean relations drastically in an all-round way, irrespective of the past history of distrust and antagonism, and confrontation and war.

Later, through several rounds of summit meetings, they agreed to further accelerate the development of north-south relations and usher in a new heyday of national reconciliation, unity, peace and prosperity.

Regrettably, however, the declarations have so far borne no fruit.

The ground-breaking ceremonies for relinking and modernizing severed railways and roads which were held in Kaesong late last year ended for show and the south Korean authorities have openly violated the agreement in the military field, in which north and south vowed to make joint efforts to ease military tensions and remove hostility, by resuming joint military exercises which have already been agreed to suspend.

It shows that though the authorities promised rapprochement, peace and prosperity in front, they waver while studying the face of outsiders behind.

Today when the Korean peninsula has come under the global spotlight thanks to a series of unusual events, the south Korean people are now raising their voices in demand of the independent settlement of national problems.

The south Koreans from all walks of life demand the authorities reject the outsiders' unfair interference in affairs of north-south relations and reunification and achieve national independence and cooperation. It is the south Korean public opinion that no alliance is better than the nation and the authorities should strive to implement north-south declarations without studying other's face.

The Panmunjom Declaration and the September Pyongyang Joint Declaration which reflect the general will of the nation were never adopted with other's approval.

There is no need to curry favour with others and study their face, given that north and south agreed to resolve all issues on the principle of national independence and self-determination through the declarations.

The way of overcoming all challenges and advancing towards the future lies in adhering to the principle of independence and self-determination.

(Source: The Pyongyang Times - July 15, 2019)