2002, there were a historic summit between
Jong Il, chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission, and Junichiro
Koizumi Prime Minister of Japan, the summit was the first of its kind and
brought a new perspective in the improvement of the abnormal DPRK-Japan
leaders met in second summit two years later.
following are reports on the summits held between
Jong Il, and Junichiro Koizumi:
on Meeting and Talks between Kim Jong Il and Koizumi at Pyongyang 2002
September 17 2002, Talks between Kim Jong Il, Chairman of the National
Defence Commission of the DPRK, and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro
Koizumi were held here today. Present from the DPRK side were Kang Sok Ju,
first vice-minister of foreign affairs, and from the Japanese side Shinzo
Abe, deputy chief cabinet secretary, Toshiyuki Takano deputy foreign
minister, Hitoshi Tanaka, director general for Asian and Oceanic affairs of
the Foreign Ministry, and Koro Ressho, executive secretary of the Prime
At the talks they had exhaustive discussion on a series of issues of
redressing the unpleasant past between the DPRK and Japan and settling
pending issues between them.
concluded with the publication of the DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration.
Jong Il and Koizumi sign the DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration
DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration
Kim Jong Il,
Chairman of the National Defense Commission of the Democratic People's
Republic of Korea (DPRK), and Junichiro Koizumi, Japanese prime minister,
met and had talks in Pyongyang on September 17, 2002.
The two top
leaders shared the view that liquidating the unpleasant past between the
DPRK and Japan, settling the pending issues and establishing fruitful
political, economic and cultural relations between them are in the basic
interests of both sides and greatly conducive to regional peace and
sides decided to exert all efforts to establish the diplomatic ties at an
early date on the basis of the spirit and main principle laid down in the
declaration and resume the negotiations on opening them within October,
expressed strong resolution to sincerely address all issues existing between
the two countries in the course of normalizing the ties on the basis of
relationship based on mutual trust.
The Japanese side honestly admitted the historical facts that it had
inflicted huge damage and sufferings upon the Korean people during its past
colonial rule over Korea and keenly reflected on and sincerely apologized
decided to earnestly discuss the specific scope and content of economic
cooperation at the talks for normalizing the diplomatic ties on the basis of
basic understanding that it is in the spirit of the declaration for the
Japanese side to render economic cooperation to the DPRK side including
grants in aid, low-interest long-term loans and humanitarian aid through
international organizations and provide loans and credit through the
International Cooperation Bank of Japan, etc., from the viewpoint of aiding
non-governmental economic activities in the period both sides think
appropriate after the normalization of diplomatic ties.
agreed to consult the normalization of diplomatic relations in detail at the
talks for normalizing diplomatic relations on the basic principle of
abandoning each other's claims on national and individual assets that
existed before August 15, 1945.
agreed to sincerely discuss the status of Koreans in Japan and cultural
treasures at the talks on normalizing diplomatic relations.
Both sides confirmed their will to observe international law and refrain
from threatening mutual security. As regards the pending issue concerning
the life and security of Japanese nationals the DPRK side declared that it
would take a proper measure to prevent the recurrence of such regrettable
things, a product of the abnormal relations between the DPRK and Japan.
Both sides affirmed their will to cooperate with each other to preserve and
consolidate peace and stability in northeast Asia. Both sides shared the
understanding that it is important to underscore the importance of building
a structure of cooperative relations based on confidence among the countries
concerned in the region and reinforce the framework to promote the
confidence-building in the region in step with the normalization of their
affirmed the pledge to observe all the international agreements for a
comprehensive solution to the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula. They
also underscored the need to facilitate the settlement of problems by
promoting the dialogue among the countries concerned as regards all security
matters including nuclear and missile issues.
side expressed its will to extend its moratorium on missile tests beyond
2003 in the spirit of the declaration. Both sides agreed to discuss issues
related to ensuring security.
Kim Jong Il
of the National Defense Commission, DPRK
Prime Minister of
September 17, 2002
on Meeting and Talks between Kim Jong Il and Koizumi at Pyongyang 2004
Il, chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission, Saturday May 22, 2004
met and had talks with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on a visit
to the DPRK to implement the "DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration" and restore
the relations of confidence between the two countries. Present there were
Kang Sok Ju, first vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, from the DPRK side and
Masaaki Yamazaki, deputy chief Cabinet secretary, Koro Bessho, chief
secretary to the prime minister, Hitoshi Tanaka, deputy minister for Foreign
Affairs, Mitoji Yabunaka, chief of the Asia and Oceania Bureau of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and other suite members from the Japanese side.
At the meeting and talks the two sides reaffirmed the "DPRK-Japan
Pyongyang Declaration" adopted in September 2002; discussed issues related
to its implementation and exchanged views on the overall international
issues and on a series of matters arising in improving the bilateral
Kim Jong Il clarified the principled issues arising in improving the
It is not beneficial in every respect that the two countries have been
in the abnormal relationship for over half a century since the end of the
war, though they were close to each other and had deep relations
historically, he said, stressing that for the two countries to be on good
terms, coexist and seek common prosperity is in line with their interests
and in favor of peace and stability in Asia and the rest of the world.
There would be no problems insoluble if the two countries determine and
buckle down to settling them from a broad perspective to meet the desire and
interests of the two peoples as it is the historic mission facing us,
politicians, to improve the abnormal DPRK-Japan relations, he noted.
Saying that the DPRK government would as ever make positive efforts to
implement the declaration, Kim Jong Il stressed that progress in improving
the bilateral relations would largely depend on what an attitude and stand
the ally of Japan will take.
Expressing regret at the undesirable things that have so far taken place
in the relations with the DPRK, Koizumi manifested the will to set store by
the "Japan-DPRK Pyongyang Declaration," convert the hostile relations into
those of cooperation and normalize the bilateral relations in the course of
honestly implementing it.
He assured the DPRK side that Japan would halt the invocation of the
"law on sanctions" against the DPRK, not discriminate against the Koreans in
Japan but treat them in a friendly manner and immediately resume the
humanitarian aid to the DPRK and supply 250,000 tons of rice and medicament
worth ten million U.S. dollars to the DPRK with a view to restoring the ties
of confidence between the two countries.
The meeting and talks proceeded in a sincere and candid atmosphere.