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Ex-Pres. Urges Gov't to Respect Joint Declarations

News2008-06-10
Ex-Pres. Urges Gov't to Respect Joint Declarations

Former President Kim Dae-jung has urged President Lee Myung-bak to respect and fulfill the June 15th, 2000 and October fourth, 2007 inter-Korean summit declarations.

Kim also called on the government to provide North Korea with food and fertilizer aid from a humanitarian perspective.

The Nobel laureate made the remarks Tuesday, saying that inter-Korean relations could make a turn for the worse.

The former president urged the government to immediately resume talks with Pyongyang and launch inter-Korean economic cooperation. He noted that South Korea could become isolated as the North seeks one-on-one talks with the U.S. while Japan is pushing for normalization of its diplomatic ties with the North.

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