N.Koreans in South for summit anniversary

June 14, 2004 at 6:09 AM
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SEOUL, June 14 (UPI) -- A high-powered North Korean delegation arrived in South Korea Monday for events marking the anniversary of the historic inter-Korean summit four years ago.

The 126-member delegation arrived at a Seoul airport on a chartered North Korean flight. At the airport, North Korean visitors waved small flags that showed an undivided peninsula.

In an arrival statement, Ri Jong Hyok, vice chairman of the North's Asia-Pacific Peace Committee that promotes economic exchanges with the South and other capitalist countries, called for further moves to implement the June 15, 2000 summit agreement.

"The historic joint declaration of June 15 is a charter of national independence and a manifesto of reunification aimed at resolving the reunification issue in an independent manner," he said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and South Korea's former president Kim Dae-jung held the first-ever Korean summit on June 15, 2000, in which they pledged to work toward rapprochement and reunification.

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