Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Proposal by the North Korean Authorities for Resuming South-North Dialog

September 3, 2001

  1. On September 2, Radio Pyongyang announced that Mr. Rim Tong-ok, vice chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Fatherland, North Korea, proposed the prompt resumption of inter-Korean dialog and sent a transcript of the broadcast to the Minister of Unification Lim Dong-won of the Republic of Korea. Since the adjournment of the inter-Korean Ministerial Talks last March, the inter-Korean dialog has been virtually stalled. This is the first time that the North Korean side proposed to resume the dialog since then. The Government of Japan welcomes this positive action by North Korea.

  2. The Government of Japan also hopes that the inter-Korean dialog will progress in parallel with talks between the United States and North Korea, leading to the promotion of peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.
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