PYONGYANG, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- The DPRK, South Korea and the Overseas Side Committees for Implementing the June 15 Joint Declaration on Tuesday called for implementing the October 4 Declaration to improve relations between the two sides of the Korean Peninsula.
The appeal was made on the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the October 4 Declaration, reported KCNA, the official news agency of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
The committees said in a statement that there was a stumbling block in the way of implementing the declaration, "but no one could deny the stirring reality brought about by the north-south joint declarations and their significance in the history of the nation."
It was necessary to resume and promote all the activities for the implementation, deal with all issues arising between the north and the south with the joint declaration as a yardstick and settle them in line with the requirements and interests of the nation, they said.
The statement ended with a call for ending the discord and confrontation and usher in a new era of peace, independence and reunification and implement the June 15 Joint Declaration and the October 4 Declaration to build a peaceful and prosperous reunified nation.
The October 4 Declaration, also called the Declaration for Development of North-South Relations and Peace and Prosperity, was signed by top DPRK leader Kim Jong Il and then South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun on Oct. 4, 2007 to boost relations between the two countries and promote peace on the peninsula and national unification.