DPRK-Russia Joint Declaration
On July 19, the Democratic Peoples Republic of
Korea and the Russian Federation signed a joint declaration in Pyongyang. The
signatories were the Chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK,
Kim Jong Il, and the Russian President V.V. Putin. The Joint Declaration reads
DPRK-Russia joint declaration
V.V. Putin, President of the Russian Federation, visited the
DPRK from July 19 to 20, 2000, at the invitation of Kim Jong Il, chairman of
the DPRK National Defence Commission.
The DPRK-Russia summit meeting and talks held in Pyongyang
were a landmark event in the history of the friendly relations between the two
The leaders of the two countries had an open-hearted
exchange of opinions on the matters related to bilateral relations and
international issues of mutual concern and declare as follows according to the
results of the talks:
1. The signing of the treaty of friendship, good
neighbourliness and co-operation between the DPRK and the Russian Federation on
February 9, 2000, demonstrated each other's desire to strengthen the
traditional relations of friendship, good neighbourliness, mutual trust and
multilateral co-operation, respect the objective and principles of the UN
Charter, achieve international security and stability and develop equitable and
mutually beneficial co-operation in north-east Asia and the rest of the world.
Further developing co-operation and close bilateral
interaction efforts between the DPRK and Russia conforms with the fundamental
interests of the two peoples and the trend towards building a multipolar world
and establishing a new fair and reasonable international order based on the
principle of equality, mutual respect and mutually beneficial co-operation.
This international order is aimed to guarantee reliable security of every
country in the political, military, economic, social and cultural and other
2. The DPRK and the Russian Federation express their
unwavering intention to make positive efforts for disarmament and global
stability and security against all the policies of aggression and war.
The DPRK and Russia express the willingness to get in touch
with each other without delay if the danger of aggression to the DPRK or to
Russia is created or when there is the need to have consultations and cooperate
with each other under the circumstances where peace and security are
The DPRK and Russia confirm their commitment neither to sign
with a third country any treaties and agreements detrimental to the
sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the other party, nor to
participate in any actions, steps and blocs.
3. The DPRK and Russia, hailing the efforts to
independently settle the question of Korean reunification by the concerted
efforts of the Korean nation according to the north-south joint declaration,
reached a consensus of views on not allowing any outside interference in this
process and consider it important for the countries concerned to support it.
Russia confirmed its support to the agreement reached
between north and South Koreans on this matter.
4. The DPRK and Russia have confirmed their respect
for the objective and principle of the UN Charter which is of universal and
The DPRK and Russia will cooperate in reforming and
reinforcing the United Nations and enhancing its leading role in handling world
They also base themselves on the view that use of force or
threat of its use in violation of the UN Charter should be regarded as an
intolerable challenge to the fundamentals of the system of international
They will closely cooperate with each other to make the UN
millennium summit and general assembly successful and fruitful, and call upon
all the member nations to make a constructive contribution to achieving this
5. Confirming each state's sovereign right to choose
its own way of political, economic and social development, the DPRK and Russia
oppose interference in other states' internal affairs perpetrated under the
pretext of humanitarian intervention and support each other's efforts to defend
its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
6. The DPRK and Russia call for strengthening
strategic and regional stability and, at the same time, further reducing
factors of use of force in international relations.
It is of key significance to ensure that START-2 will take
effect as soon as possible for its full implementation and START-3 be concluded
at an early date, while preserving and reinforcing the 1972 ABM treaty, a
bedrock of strategic stability and drastic reduction of strategic offensive
The DPRK expressed full support to Russia's efforts in this
The DPRK and Russia consider that the results of the
analysis of the present international realities prove the missile threat from
some states cited as a pretext to justify their projected amendment to the ABM
treaty to be totally groundless.
In this connection, the DPRK stated that its missile
programme does not pose any threat to anybody but is purely peaceful in its
The DPRK and Russia consider that any deployment of the
closed Theatre Missile Defence system of bloc style in Asia and Pacific may
seriously wreck regional stability and security.
7. The DPRK and Russia are convinced that any form of
international terrorism, separatism, religious extremism and multi-national
criminal activities pose a threat to the security of sovereign states and world
peace as a whole.
Hence the two sides cooperate with each other in combating
organised crime or terrorism, including illegal actions against the security of
civil aviation and maritime navigation and illegal trafficking in drugs, arms
and cultural and historical treasures.
8. The DPRK and Russia hold that the 21st century
should be a century of prosperity for all peoples of the world and, to this
end, sovereign states should expand equitable and mutually beneficial
international co-operation to ensure sustainable economic growth while
cementing their own economic foundations.
9. Acknowledging that the two countries are
interested in turning north-east Asia into a zone of peace,
good-neighbourliness, stability and equitable international co-operation, the
DPRK and Russia stressed that the bilateral relations of co-operation are of
invariable importance in this regard.
The two sides, highly estimating the role of the ASEAN
regional forum, expressed their willingness to make a due contribution to its
10. The DPRK and Russia manifested the willingness to
actively develop trade, economic and scientific and technological ties between
the two sides and create legal, financial and economic conditions favourable
To this end both sides sign economic agreements in
conformity with the generally accepted principles and norms of domestic and
Chairmen of the DPRK and Russian sides to the
inter-governmental committees for co-operation in trade, economy, science and
technology have been authorised to step up the work of drawing up gigantic
plans for co-operation in various fields such as metal, power, transport,
forestry, oil, gas and light industries. Both sides agreed to pay special
attention to the reconstruction of the jointly built enterprises.
11. The DPRK and Russia will strengthen the relations
between judicial and state power institutions and social organisations of the
two countries and realise co-operation in security, national defence, science,
education, culture, public health, social security, law, environmental
protection, tourism, sports and other fields.
V.V. Putin, President of the Russian Federation, expressed
thanks for the cordial hospitality accorded to him in Pyongyang and invited Kim
Jong Il, chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission, to visit Russia at
an appropriate time and the invitation was accepted with pleasure.