N. Korea holds ceremony to mark Joint Declaration
North Korea held an event in its capital city to mark the 12th anniversary of the June 15 Joint Declaration, its official media outlet picked up in Seoul said on Saturday.
Radio Pyongyang said senior government and party officials met Friday to appeal to all Koreans at home and abroad to revive the declaration reached in 2000 at the summit between South Korean President Kim Dae-jung and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.
The radio station claimed the declaration is a precious legacy of reunification and patriotism left by the late Kim Jong-il.
Kim died late last year after inheriting power from his father and North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung in 1994. The reclusive communist country is currently run by Kim Jong-il's son, Kim Jong-un.
The joint declaration has not received much attention in South Korea since conservative President Lee Myung-bak took office in early 2008. Seoul has consistently called on the North to give up its nuclear program and halt aggression towards the South.
South Korea has effectively halted all aid to the North after Pyongyang was accused of sinking a South Korean warship in the West Sea in March 2010, which left 46 sailors dead. (Yonhap)