July 4, 1972
Seoul's KCIA Director Lee Hu Rak visited Pyongyang from May 2, 1972 to May 5, 1972 and met with Pyongyang's Director of Cadre Organization Kim Young Ju; and Pak Sung Chul, the 2nd Vice-premier, on behalf of Director Kim Young Ju, visited Seoul from May 29, 1972 to June 1, 1972 and met with Director Lee Hu Rak.
The parties have exchanged their views on the mutual desire for the early peaceful reunification of Korea and made progress in mutual understanding of the other side's points of views.
The parties have reached an unanimous agreement on the following items for reducing North-South tensions caused by the lack of mutual communication for so long, and for promoting the reunification of the fatherland.
The parties have agreed upon the following principles for the reunification.
By the wish of our respective superiors
Lee Hu Rak / Kim Young Ju
In Korean (Hangul fonts required) [Source: Pres. Kim Young Sam's Home Page]
Editor's note: Kim Young Ju is Kim Il Sung's (real name, Kim Sung Ju) brother. Pak Sung Chul, a Kim Il Sung partisan, has held various key positions in N Korea. Ironically, a North Korean death squad attempted to assassinate Pres. Park Chung Hee in 1968.
Soon after the July 4th Joint Statement was issued, Lee Hu Rak was dismissed from KCIA and Gen. Kim Jae Kyu, a boyhood friend of Pres. Park Chung Hee took over the KCIA. On October 26, 1979, Kim Jae Kyu killed Park Chung Hee at the KCIA headquarters. Gen. Chun Doo Whan, who took over the KCIA in 1979, alleges that Kim Jae Kyu was a US CIA agent and that the US CIA was involved in Park's assassination.
One wonders if the forces, who were against Pres. Park's reconciliation with the North, sabotaged the implementation of the July 4th agenda.