July 4 South-North Joint Statement

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1972.7.4
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The July 4 South-North Joint Statement (July 4, 1972) is the first joint statement reached and announced by the authorities of the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in relation to unification since the division of the country.

In 1972, at the instruction of Park Chung-hee, Lee Hu-rak, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, was dispatched to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to meet with Kim Il-sung to establish the three principles of reunification: self-reliance, peace and national unity.

It was established to reduce the international detente, the withdrawal of U.S. troops from South Korea, and the arms race, but it was later used by both sides to strengthen their power base through unification discussions.
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