Tuesday, June 13, 2000, was a historic day. On that day, President Kim Dae Jung of the Republic of Korea (ROK) and President Kim Jong Il of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) met in the DPRK capital Pyongyang for a three-day inter Korean summit. It was the first such contact in fifty years.
Mr. Kim Jong Il, known as a recluse, unexpectedly greeted the South Korean President Kim at Pyongyang's Su Nam airport. From there the two leaders rode together in a limousine, receiving acclamation from some 600,000 Pyongyang citizens who lined their route to the Baekhwawon State Guest House.
Before his departure President Kim Dae Jung said, "The people of Korea and the world are looking at the summit to congratulate us. I expect peace and cooperation are expected to come out of the summit." Members of the South Korean delegation said they hoped "that the three-day summit will be the start of regular exchanges between the DPRK and the ROK that will expand on the symbolism that is likely to be the chief result of this trip."
By Wednesday, after two days of meetings that were surprising for their emotion and warmth, the presidents of North and South Korea reached a broad agreement to work for the peace and unity of their divided Korea. The following is the text of the accord signed by the leaders of North Korea and South Korea in Pyongyang:
Upholding the lofty wishes of the Korean people yearning for peaceful reunification of the fatherland, President Kim Dae Jung of the Republic of Korea and Kim Jong Il, chairman of the National Defense Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, held a historic meeting and summit talks on June 13-15, 2000.
July 5, 2000