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Saturday, 4 August, 2001, 16:02 GMT 17:02 UK
Russian-North Korean Declaration: Excerpts
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and Russian President Vladimir Putin
Kim says North Korea's missile programme is no threat
The following are excerpts from the Russian-North Korean Moscow Declaration signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, as reported by the Russian news agency Itar-Tass.

In the new century the Russian Federation and North Korea will promote the formation of a new and fair world order based on the priority of the law and the principles of equal rights, mutual respect and mutually-beneficial cooperation in the interests of preserving global stability...


North Korea's missile programme is peaceful in nature

Bearing in mind that the 1972 ABM Treaty is the cornerstone of strategic stability and the basis for further reductions in strategic offensive weapons, the leaders of the two countries expressed their resolve to promote in every way possible the strengthening of international security in the new century...

The Korean side gave the assurance that its missile programme is peaceful in nature and thus does not represent a threat to any country that respects North Korea's sovereignty...

Joint projects

The sides agreed to give priority to the implementation of projects for reconstructing the enterprises built by joint effort, in particular in the electric power industry...

The two sides undertook to make all necessary efforts to carry out a project to establish a railway transport corridor connecting the North and South of the Korean peninsula with Russia and Europe...

Reunification

The leaders of the two countries agreed that support for the efforts of the Korean people aimed at an independent and peaceful solution to the issue of reunification...contributes to "resolution of the problem of reunification of Korea" and stated the inadmissibility of external hindrances to this process...


Russia stressed the need to ensure peace through... non-military means

North Korea explained its position that the withdrawal of American troops from South Korea is a pressing topical problem in the interests of ensuring peace and security in the Korean peninsula and northeast Asia.

The Russian side expressed its understanding of this position, stressing the need to ensure peace and stability in the Korean peninsula through non-military means...

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