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Tuesday, 17 September, 2002, 15:55 GMT 16:55 UK
Japan-North Korea Pyongyang Declaration
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il
The deal was signed after the first-ever summit
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il signed a joint statement after their historic summit in Pyongyang. Here are some excerpts.


"The two top leaders shared the view that liquidating the unpleasant past between the DPRK and Japan, settling the pending issues and establishing fruitful political, economic and cultural relations between them are in the basic interests of both sides."

"Both sides decided to exert all efforts to establish diplomatic ties at an early date."

The Japanese side honestly admitted the historical facts that it had inflicted huge damage and sufferings upon the Korean people

"Both sides expressed strong resolution to sincerely address all issues existing between the two countries in the course of normalising the ties on the basis of relationship based on mutual trust."

"The Japanese side honestly admitted the historical facts that it had inflicted huge damage and sufferings upon the Korean people during its past colonial rule over Korea and keenly reflected on and sincerely apologised for them."

"It is in the spirit of the declaration for the Japanese side to render economic co-operation to the DPKR side including grants in aid, low-interest long-term loans and humanitarian aid."


Both sides affirmed the pledge to observe all international agreements for a comprehensive solution to the nuclear issue

"The sides agreed to sincerely discuss the status of Koreans in Japan and cultural treasures."

"Both sides confirmed their will to observe international law and refrain from threatening mutual security. As regards the pending issue concerning the life and security of Japanese nationals, the DPRK side declared that it would take a proper measure to prevent the recurrence of such regrettable things."

"Both sides affirmed the pledge to observe all international agreements for a comprehensive solution to the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula."


The DPKR side expressed its will to extend its moratorium on missile tests

"They also underscored the need to facilitate the settlement of problems by promoting dialogue among the countries concerned as regards all security matters, including nuclear and missile issues."

"The DPKR side expressed its will to extend its moratorium on missile tests beyond 2003 in the spirit of the declaration."

"Both sides agreed to discuss issues related to ensuring security."

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