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DPRK proposes non-governmental contact over implementing summit agreements: media

10-21-2010 15:26 BJT

SEOUL, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has made a renewed call for non-governmental contacts with South Korea to honor agreements made at a historic 2000 summit, local media reported Thursday quoting an unidentified government official.

The DPRK's Committee for the Implementation of the June 15 Declaration suggested such talks to its South Korean counterpart in a fax message on Wednesday, Seoul's Yonhap News Agency said citing a unification ministry official. The DPRK committee has made similar proposals in the past.

The landmark summit in 2000 between South Korea's then President Kim Dae-jung and his DPRK counterpart Kim Jong-il pledged efforts for reunifying the two Koreas, solving humanitarian issues and follow-up meeting for implementation of the agreements.

The two Koreas, which are still technically at war with each other after the Korea War ended in a cease-fire, held another summit in 2007.

The DPRK has frequently criticized President Lee Myung-bak, a conservative and a hard-liner toward the northern neighbor, for not honoring the spirit of the summit agreements and playing them down.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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