Thursday, May 04, 2017

Great Program for Independent Reunification of the Korean Peninsula
Today the Korean people look back with deep emotions upon the exploits of President Kim Il Sung who provided an immortal programme for Korea’s reunification by clarifying the three principles of independence, peaceful reunification and great national unity.

The President advanced a line for national reunification at the outset when Korea was divided by foreign forces and wisely led the struggle to this end. In his speech delivered at a mass rally on August 6, Juche 60 (1971) he put forward a proposal for wide-ranging negotiations that the DPRK was ready to make contact at any time with all political parties, including the ruling Democratic Republican Party, and public organizations and individual personages. As a result, the north and south of Korea held multifaceted contacts and talks, including Red Cross talks, and high-level inter-Korean political talks, the first of its kind in the history of national division, in Pyongyang in May 1972.

In his conversation with a south Korean delegate who came to Pyongyang to attend the political talks, Kim Il Sung said in the following vein: We cannot tolerate the Korean nation being divided into two.

We should reunify the country as soon as possible and hand over a reunified country to the coming generation. In order to reunify the country, it is most important to establish the fundamental principles correctly, which can provide the basis for the solution of the reunification question. Only when there are fundamental principles agreed upon by the north and the south, can the two sides make joint efforts for reunification and successfully solve all problems concerning it.

Then he clarified the three principles of independence, peaceful reunification and great national unity for reunification, a cornerstone for the settlement of reunification issue.

He went on: National reunification should be achieved independently without reliance on outside forces and free from their interference. It is important to strictly adhere to the principled stand of solving the problems arising in realizing the cause of national reunification independently with the Korean nation as the master. Success or failure of the cause of national reunification depends on whether both sides promote great national unity by transcending the differences in ideas, ideals and systems or not.

The north and south sides should achieve reunification by peaceful means without resorting to arms and solve all problems through dialogue and negotiations.

The three principles, which indicate the fundamental stand and ways for solving the reunification issue by the Korean nation itself in conformity with its will and interests, is a charter common to the nation showing the shortcut to independent reunification.

The principles provided the Korean nation with a common programme to be adhered to in solving the reunification issue and made a fresh turning point in the struggle for national reunification. The three principles was made public in the North-South Joint Statement on July 4, 1972, with the result that they became the one and only programme which the north and the south confirmed jointly to proclaim to the world their decision to implement it.

The three principles were a striking demonstration of validity and vitality of the line of the Workers’ Party of Korea for independent and peaceful reunification, which embodies the immortal Juche idea, as well as an epochal event in the history of the nation illuminating the road for independent and peaceful reunification.

All the Korean people in the north, south and abroad should vigorously launch the patriotic struggle for reunification, closely united under the banner of the three principles, and achieve the historic cause of independent reunification without fail.

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