United Nations

A/S-19/26


General Assembly

 Distr. GENERAL
26 June 1997
ORIGINAL: ENGLISH


   OVERALL REVIEW AND APPRAISAL OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF AGENDA 21

       Letter dated 24 June 1997 from the Permanent Representative of 
      the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the United Nations
                     addressed to the Secretary-General


     I have the honour to enclose herewith the text of the written
statement of the delegation of the Democratic People's Republic of
Korea in exercise of the right of reply to the remarks made by Mr. Kim
Yong Sam of south Korea on 23 June 1997 at the nineteenth special
session of the General Assembly.

     I would be grateful if you could arrange to have the present
letter and its annex circulated to all representatives of the plenary
meeting as a document of the special session under agenda item 8.


                                           (Signed)  Kim Hong U
                                 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
                                         Permanent Representative


                                     ANNEX

            Statement by the delegation of the Democratic People's
              Republic of Korea in exercise of the right of reply


     The delegation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
responds as follows to the remarks by Mr. Kim Yong Sam of south Korea
at the nineteenth special session of the General Assembly on
23 June 1997.

     The demilitarized zone of the Korean peninsula is a symbol of the
tragic division of the nation; it is not a treasure to be proud of at
the international forum.

     Nevertheless, Mr. Kim Yong Sam asserted in his statement that the
north and south of Korea should cooperate with each other to protect
and preserve the natural environment of the demilitarized zone.

     This hypocritical and illogical assertion only proves of its own
accord his true colour as a splittist and traitor of the nation. 
Talking about environmental protection in the demilitarized zone
reveals the intention of traitor Kim Yong Sam to perpetuate the
division of the country.

     The environment in the demilitarized zone has been deteriorating
ever since the south Korean authorities built the concrete wall in the
southern part of the zone, dividing the territory of Korea and
damaging the ecological system of the Korean peninsula.

     Therefore, the south Korean authorities should, before anything
else, demolish the concrete wall rather than making a crafty attempt
to insult the nation and divert world opinion elsewhere by clamouring
about environmental protection of the demilitarized zone.


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