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South Korean court disbands opposition party [World Socialist Website]

Posted in DPR Korea, Lee Myung-bak, North wind campaign, south Korea, US foreign occupation, US imperialism, USA on January 4, 2015 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By Ben McGrath

24 December 2014

South Korea’s Constitutional Court issued a ruling last Friday disbanding the small opposition Unified Progressive Party (UPP), citing government claims that the party supported North Korea. The court decision, instigated by President Park Geun-hye’s government, is an attack on basic democratic rights, aimed at silencing political criticism and opposition…

Excerpted; full article link: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/12/24/kore-d24.html

Editorial on Sewol sinking – ‘It’s only too easy for ROK President Park to point her finger at “murderous acts”’ [The Hankyoreh / 한겨레]

Posted in Lee Myung-bak, Neo-colonialism, south Korea on May 2, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

The Hankyoreh has been publishing a succession of harshly-critical editorials about anti-democratic south Korean President Park in light of governmental incompetence regarding the Sewol sinking. Criticism is totally deserved; but there also is a air of opportunism here, since the Hankyoreh correlates with the south Korean neoliberal opposition party which has been marginalized by Park’s dirty political tricks that secured her the Presidency. There is also an extremely unsavory ‘colonized’ tendency in these editorials to point at the US government and/or Obama as a model for how to deal with disasters. Anybody familiar with 9/11 and its aftermath, Hurricane Katrina, or the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico can only be shocked reading this. And then there’s the whole question of the direct damage done to the Korean peninsula and its people by the US government during the “Korean War”, and in the ongoing occupation since. – Zuo Shou

April 22, 2014

President Park Geun-hye made a statement yesterday describing the abandonment of the sinking Sewol ferry by its captain and a few of its crew members as a “murderous act.” She also pointed the finger at government officials, who she said would be “sternly held accountable.” Her wording was strong, and focused entirely on punishment and blame. Yet somehow they seemed to ring hollow. It was impossible to shake the sense that her focus was on the wrong place.

The sinking of the Sewol was not the only disaster last week. We also saw massive holes in the government’s disaster response system and crisis management capabilities. The initial response fell well short of what was needed, and the relevant agencies failed to cooperate; the disaster response manuals shut down at a pivotal moment. The government was frantic when it needed to be composed, inconsistent when it needed to be clear. The Blue House was no exception. Yet here the President is blasting the captain and blaming the civil servants as though it has nothing to do with her.

Park emphasized the importance of a “powerful disaster response control tower” and called for “reflection on the government’s crisis response system and initial measures.” But one gets the sense that the reflection really needs to start at the Blue House itself. As when campaigning for president, Park pledged to build an “integrated system with unified disaster management duties,” a plan that was further developed after she took office when control tower functions were assigned to a Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters under the Ministry of Security and Public Administration. That system has failed to work properly, as the events of the past few days have made clear. Instead of rushing to point fingers and criticize, the President’s first order of business should be fixing the system.

During the Roh Moo-hyun administration (2003-08), the Blue House’s National Security Council was also tasked with serving as a crisis management control tower for disaster situations. A state-of-the-art situation room was set up in an underground bunker at the Blue House, with an electronic situation board providing a clear picture of the situation on the ground based on information provided in real time by the leading government agencies. It was a system that allowed for a swift and systematic response to any disaster. But the NSC lost this role when the Lee Myung-bak administration took over and set about erasing signs that Roh had ever been there; under the Park administration, it has yet to be restored. Is it too much of a stretch to think those “golden 93 minutes” in the disaster’s initial stages might not have been helplessly wasted if the Blue House had this kind of system in place? It is a troubling thought…

Full editorial link: http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_editorial/633991.html

Original editorial title: ‘It’s only too easy to Park to point her finger at “murderous acts”’
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See also other Hankyoreh editorial/articles:

[Editorial] “South Korea has rulers, but no leaders” (April 25, 2014) – http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_editorial/634522.html

“Sewol victims’ families’ anger comes to boiling point” (April 26, 2014) – http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/634632.html
^^^ LOVE THIS ONE for the photo of a hurled water bottle at the moment it contacts the head of the Prime Minister

[Editorial] “After Sewol sinking, President should fall on her own sword” (April 28, 2014) – http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_editorial/634836.html

[Editorial] ‘What we really need is a “remodeling of the President”’ (April 30, 2014) – http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_editorial/635155.html

[Editorial] “The Blue House’s shameful actions” (May 1, 2014) – http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_editorial/635330.html

AND

South Korean prime minister resigns over ferry disaster [World Socialist Website] – https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/04/28/kore-a28.html

“Challengers to DPRK Will Never Be Pardoned: CPRK Spokesman” – Park Geun-hye termed ‘despicable prostitute’ [KCNA]

Posted in Anti-communism, DPR Korea, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Lee Myung-bak, Nukes, Obama, south Korea, US foreign occupation, US Government Cover-up, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War on April 28, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Pyongyang, April 27 (KCNA) — The spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea released a statement on Sunday assailing U.S. President Obama’s tour of south Korea from April 25 to 26.

The statement said: Due to the tragedy of sinking of a ferry the whole land of south Korea looks like a mourner’s house. Had Obama have even an iota of ethics and morality, he should have postponed or shelved his trip. The American master and his servant staged the farce of insulting, threatening and blackmailing the DPRK during the former’s criminal tour of south Korea utterly indifferent to the sorrow of south Koreans. This was entirely to serve the purpose of collusion and conspiracy in their campaign against the DPRK.

What Park did before Obama this time reminds one of an indiscreet girl who earnestly begs a gangster to beat someone or a capricious whore who asks her fancy man to do harm to other person while providing sex to him.

Through her ugly behavior Park answered with a war the question put by the DPRK if she wants peaceful reunification based on the inter-Korean reconciliation or a war through the confrontation of the social systems, and fully revealed that her policy of “confidence- building process” is just the same policy of confrontation as that pursued by traitor Lee Myung Bak. She, at the same time, declared before the whole world her intention to drive the situation to the worst catastrophe through the confrontation with the DPRK to the last in utter disregard of the north-south relations.

She fully met the demands of her master for aggression, keeping mum about the nukes of the U.S. and desperately finding fault with fellow countrymen in the north over their nukes. She thus laid bare her despicable true colors as a wicked sycophant and traitor, a dirty comfort woman for the U.S. and despicable prostitute selling off the nation.

She visited together with Obama even the “south Korea-U.S. combined forces command” for the first time as a puppet chief executive and went off confrontation hysteria, crying out for “deterrence against the north” and “resolutely countering provocation from it.” She even donned a dress unfit for the atmosphere of the mourner’s house in the wake of the big tragedy and embarrassedly flattered Obama in a bid to please him, sparking off uproar.

The anti-DPRK charade staged by Obama and his servant became a laughing stock of world people as it was nothing but an odd burlesque rare to be found in the world.

The outcome of Obama’s south Korean junket clearly proved that the DPRK was entirely just when it judged and determined that it should counter the U.S., the sworn enemy, by force only, not just talking, and should finally settle accounts with it through an all-out nuclear showdown. This, at the same time, only hardens the will and resolution of the DPRK to keep to the road chosen by it. Park’s true colors and ulterior motive were brought to daylight.

There is no remedy for Park and there is nothing to expect from her as far as the inter-Korean relations are concerned as long as she remains a boss of Chongwadae.

She is steeped in sycophancy and treachery and confrontation with compatriots in the north. Her preoccupation is to realize the dream of confrontation of the social systems.

Genes remain unchanged. Needless to say, her present behavior suggests that her fate will be just the same as that of her father Park Chung Hee who met a miserable death after being forsaken by his master and public while crying out for “unification by prevailing over communism” and “unification by stamping out communism”.

The DPRK will never pardon anyone who dares challenge its dignity, social system and its line of simultaneously developing the two fronts, the statement warned. -0-

KCNA homepage, with English language links: http://www.kcna.kp

Prospect for North-South Relations Depends on Park Geun Hye: CPRK Open Questionnaire [KCNA]

Posted in DMZ, DPR Korea, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Lee Myung-bak, Nukes, south Korea, south Korean human rights hypocrisy, US foreign occupation, US imperialism, USA on April 25, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Pyongyang, April 23 (KCNA)

— The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) sent an open questionnaire to Park Geun Hye Wednesday asking her to give responsible answers to the questions as to whether she stands for the improvement of the north-south relations or seeks to escalate confrontation and whether she wants reunification and peace against war.

Recalling that months-long Key Resolve and Foal Eagle war exercises for invading the north are over, but the south Korean authorities’ confrontation with their compatriots and moves for a war against the north are going on and their anti-reunification hysteria under the signboard of “unification” is flouting the nation and disturbing the world, the questionnaire goes on:

1. What kind of “unification” does Park mean? Confrontation of the social systems means one side swallowing up the other side and the latter being swallowed up by the former, the showdown which is bound to lead to a war. Does she want this?

Park seems to call for the confrontation of the social systems, mistaking Korea for Germany. This is a day-dream which will never come true. The confrontation of the social systems precisely means a war. Does Park really stand for the war?

[2.] Does Park have the face to talk about “confidence-building process” while desperately pursuing the policy for confrontation with fellow countrymen?

When she met a head of state of a certain country, she talked rubbish that “the north should be made to change” and “if one hundred attempts to bring it down fail, one hundred and one attempts should be made to succeed.”

Does this mean the “confidence-building process” on the lips of Park?

Confrontation and confidence can never go together. What does she choose between the two?

3. What is the difference between the “north policy” of the present south Korean regime and Lee Myung Bak’s watchword “no nukes, opening and 3 000 dollars”? Does she wish to drive the north-south relations to a catastrophe just as traitor Lee did?

Park is blustering that she is fully ready to ensure “security of the social system” in the north and support its economy in cooperation with the international community once the north dismantles its nukes, asserting the “issue of the north’s nukes is a stumbling block lying in the way of making arrangements for the era of unification.”

Park’s claim that the “north should dismantle its nukes first” is nothing different from the above-said watchword of Lee.

To insist on the issue of the “north’s nukes” as regards the inter-Korean relations is little short of denying the process to mend the relations.

Park should explicitly clarify her stand: whether to persistently bedevil the north-south relations by following the above-said watchword or to opt for repairing the relations.

4. Park was reported to have said the “building of a world without nuclear weapons” should start on the Korean peninsula. Then, is she willing to cease staging with outside forces north-targeted nuclear war drills in south Korea with U.S. nuclear war hardware involved?

The DPRK proposed turning the Korean peninsula into a nuclear free zone long ago.

It is none other than the U.S. and south Korean puppet forces that have staged madcap nuclear war exercises against the north by introducing more than 1000 nuclear weapons, turning south Korea into the world’s biggest nuclear arsenal in utter disregard of the north’s offer.

Nevertheless, Park is finding fault with the north’s nuclear deterrent for self-defence while keeping mum about the U.S. nukes for aggression. This is, indeed, sheer sophism.

The U.S. nuclear blackmail and war drills targeting the north are the root cause of the escalating tensions on the peninsula and the worsened inter-Korean relations.

Park should now talk what she has to as regards the U.S. nukes and make a bold decision to put an end to the north-targeted nuclear war drills staged together with the U.S.

To this end, is she willing to announce the cancellation of Ulji Freedom Guardian drills scheduled to be staged again between August and September?

5. Can Park make a decision to pull down the concrete wall built by the “yusin” regime in the area south of the Military Demarcation Line to demolish the barrier between the north and the south and abolish “Security Law”?

The concrete wall dividing the peninsula into two parts is a barrier of division and confrontation conceived by Park Chung Hee after visiting the Berlin Wall during his visit to the then West Germany 50 years ago.

The ill-famed “Security Law”, an anti-reunification fascist law, is also a barrier of distrust, social and cultural barrier and a factor of severance and isolation as it is meant to antagonize compatriots and freeze the bonds between the north and the south.

If the Korean nation is truly to usher in a new era of peaceful reunification, it is imperative to pull down the barriers of confrontation against reunification, the leftover of the outdated Cold War in the last century, as early as possible.

Can Park make such a decision?

6. Does Park think the “aid to women in pregnancy and malnourished children” would help de-escalate the tensions and improve the inter-Korean relations?

The “aid to women in pregnancy and malnourished children” touted by her is an insult and mockery of the people in the DPRK including children and women who receive the greatest special benefits as the king of the country and its flowers thanks to the great politics of love for the people.

If the inter-Korean relations are to be mended, it is necessary to defuse the acute political and military confrontation.

The DPRK in the historic New Year Address clarified an important principled stand on improving the inter-Korean relations.

Does Park have the willingness to accept the proposal and appeal of the DPRK, though belatedly, not pretending ignorance of them?

7. It is self-contradiction to talk about “NGO exchange” and “cooperation” while totally blocking the inter-Korean relations, isn’t it?

Park is persistently clinging to the “May 24 steps” taken by Lee Myung Bak, a heinous confrontation maniac, to bedevil the inter-Korean relations. This is as foolish an act as tarnishing her image and binding her hands and feet by herself. This behavior only gives the impression that she is just the same confrontation element as Lee Myung Bak.

There is neither reason nor pretext whatsoever for her to keep the long bankrupt “May 24 steps” in force any longer.

Does Park have the willingness to lift the steps?

8. Is it more urgent to turn the hotspots around the five islands in the West Sea into peace waters than to build a “world peace park” in the Demilitarized Zone?

The urgent issue along the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) to be settled by the north and the south in actuality is to turn hotspots around the five islands in the West Sea into peace waters.

If Park has a “plan” to turn the MDL area into a peace zone, she should pay attention to this issue, first of all.

Does Park have intention to turn the hotspots around the five islands in the West Sea into peace waters?

9. Who is the arch criminal violating the agreement on stopping the smear campaign and escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula through political and military provocations?

The south Korean authorities now claim that the DPRK is violating the agreement made at the north-south high-level contact and slandering the south. This is just like a guilty party filing the suit first.

It is none other than the south Korean authorities and Park herself who are slinging mud at the DPRK.

Does Park have the face to grumble that the “north is reneging on the promise to halt the smear campaign and provocations”?

10. Does Park have the willingness to respect and implement the historic July 4 joint statement, June 15 joint declaration and October 4 declaration?

These are the great programmes and landmarks for national reunification common to the nation.

Is Park ready to show her will to respect and implement them, though belatedly?

If Park has a sincere stand to promote the confidence between the north and the south and open the door for peace and reunification, she should give correct answers to the solemn questions put by the DPRK on behalf of the era and the nation in the eyes of all fellow countrymen and the whole world, pondering over them, questionnaire stressed, adding:
The prospect for the inter-Korean relations entirely depends on the attitude of Park Geun Hye. -0-

KCNA homepage (with access to English-language materials): http://www.kcna.kp

“Important Steps Declared as Regards Kaesong Industrial Zone” – DPR Korea exercises right to suspend Zone’s operations [KCNA]

Posted in DMZ, DPR Korea, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Lee Myung-bak, south Korea, US foreign occupation, US imperialism, USA on April 10, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Pyongyang, April 8 (KCNA) — Kim Yang Gon, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, issued the following statement on Monday:

The Korean Peninsula has been put in the state of war due to the serious anti-DPRK moves of the U.S. and south Korean authorities and their moves for a nuclear war.
Not content with escalating military tension together with the U.S., the south Korean conservatives, in particular, are running the whole gamut of intrigues to find a pretext for igniting a war against the DPRK after reducing the Kaesong Industrial Zone to a theatre of confrontation.

Defying the repeated warnings of the DPRK, the south Korean confrontation maniacs are letting loose a string of invectives hurting the dignity of the DPRK, talking about “source of money”, “detention” and “hostages”. South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan Jin revealed his sinister intention to introduce a special unit of the U.S. forces into the zone, vociferating about an operation for “rescuing hostages”.

This goes to prove that the south Korean warmongers seek to turn the zone into a hotbed of war against the DPRK.

By origin, the zone was built as a symbol of reconciliation, cooperation and reunification after the DPRK granted a privilege to Jong Ju Yong, honorary chairman of Hyundai Group of south Korea, valuing his patriotic will for reunification.

The DPRK’s offer to south Korean enterprises a vast area near the Military Demarcation Line where armed forces of the north and the south are standing in acute confrontation was a bold decision based on ardent love for the nation and compatriotism and a manifestation of the firm will for independent reunification, peace and prosperity based on the spirit of “By our nation itself” clarified in the historic June 15 North-South Joint Declaration.

When traitor Lee Myung Bak did serious harm to the inter-Korean relations in all aspects, getting hell-bent on confrontation after coming to power, the zone remained unaffected by it thanks to the desire and will of all Koreans in the north and the south for reunification and kept its operations for common prosperity.

But the zone is now in the grip of a serious crisis.

The zone, a product of the June 15 joint declaration, has been reduced to a theater of confrontation with fellow countrymen and military provocation, quite contrary to its original nature and mission due to such hideous confrontation maniacs as Kim Kwan Jin. This situation can no longer be tolerated.

The south Korean conservative forces claim that the DPRK will never give up the zone as it benefits from the industrial zone, but it gets few economic benefits from the zone while the south side largely benefits from it.

The DPRK provided an area of military strategic importance to the south side, in particular. This meant a big concession.

It is a tragedy that the industrial zone which should serve purposes of national reconciliation, unity, peace and reunification has been reduced to a theatre of confrontation between compatriots and war against the north. The existence of such zone is no better than nothing.

The DPRK is compelled to make an important decision related to the issue of the industrial zone now that the south Korean authorities abuse the generosity and compatriotism of the DPRK for their hostile purpose.

Upon authorization, I declare the following important steps as regards the crisis in the Kaesong Industrial Zone:
The DPRK will withdraw all its employees from the zone.
It will temporarily suspend the operations in the zone and examine the issue of whether it will allow its existence or close it as the south Korean authorities and military warmongers seek to turn it into a hotbed of confrontation between compatriots and war against the DPRK, hurting its dignity.
The General Bureau for Central Guidance to the Development of the Special Zone will be responsible for the working matters related to the important steps including the withdrawal of the employees and the temporary suspension of the operations in the zone.
How the situation will develop in the days ahead will entirely depend on the attitude of the south Korean authorities. -0-

KCNA homepage: http://www.kcna.kp

Report: huge increase in US troops in south Korea [The Hankyoreh / 한겨레]

Posted in Germany, Japan, Lee Myung-bak, south Korea, US foreign occupation, US imperialism, USA on March 25, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

March 21, 2013

…[F]igures…show troop levels far above the agreed upon 28,500

By Kim Kyu-won and Gil Yun-hyung, staff reporters

USFK troop levels, which have remained consistently in the 26,000 to 29,000 range since 2006, are being raised by around 9,000, according to a 2012 report by the US Department of Defense.

Questions are now being raised about the substantial jump, which puts the amount of troops well above the 28,500 level agreed upon by South Korea and the US.

The 2005-2012 edition of the department’s annual “Base Structure Report,” which was published on Mar. 21, showed a total of 37,354 US troops stationed in South Korea as of Sept. 30, 2011.

This was 8,854 more than the 28,500 agreed upon at a 2008 summit between the two countries’ heads of state. It was also 11,049 more than in 2009, when USFK troop levels were at their lowest.

Since 2004, when there were 37,997 USFK troops stationed in South Korea, the number had been dropping steadily as the US government implemented a plan to reposition its overseas forces. From 32,422 in 2005, the number fell to 29,477 in 2006, 28,356 in 2007, 27,968 in 2008, and 26,305 in 2009.

Originally, USFK had planned to reduce its South Korean presence from around 38,000 in 2004 to 25,000 by 2008. But in April 2008 – a few months after President Lee Myung-bak took office – an agreement was reached to keep the level at around 28,500. With[in] a few years, however, the number was rising sharply again, reaching 31,839 in 2010 and 37,354 in 2011.

Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, the main USFK base in South Korea, saw a particularly large rise, from 3,536 in 2009 to 10,997 – an increase of 7,441 troops. Yongsan Garrison also saw a rise by 2,399 troops, from 3,820 to 6,219. Together, they accounted for the bulk of the increase.

The 9,000-troop increase given in the report may represent a portion of the units that were pulled out of Iraq, where as of early 2009, the US had 145,000 troops stationed. But that number plummeted after President Barack Obama implemented a plan to pull out in March 2009. By August 2010, the number was down to 50,000, representing a decrease of 95,000 troops. By December 2011, it was just three thousand, with 142,000 troops out of the country. Analysts speculate that a portion of the forces pulled out of Iraq may have been stationed in South Korea for strategic or technical reasons.

Another possible analysis is that large rises in the US military presence in Japan and Germany over the same period may also be connected to the pullout from Iraq. Between 2009 and 2011, US troops in Japan more than doubled from 41,512 to 87,182, a rise of 45,670. The US presence in Germany also rose by 7,371 from 53,106 troops to 60,477. Together, the three countries saw an increase of some 61,895 troops – just under half the 142,000 that were pulled out of Iraq over the same years.

This also suggests that the increase indicated in the report may be temporary.

“We have no way of knowing whether the 9,000-troop increase in 2011 will be maintained,” said Kim Jong-dae, editor-in-chief of the defense journal Defense 21+. “I expect that the figure of 28,500 agreed upon by South Korea and the US may fluctuate in the years ahead as the US pushes its ‘strategic flexibility’ approach.”

Some observers have expressed concern about the long-term burden of having such a large US military presence in South Korea.

Yu Yeong-jae, who heads the US military issues team for the civic group Solidarity for Peace and Reunification of Korea, said the increase has a negative impact on numerous military issues between the two countries, including the Pyeongtaek base relocation plans, the scheduled reversion of wartime operational command to South Korea, and talks over the two countries’ share of defense expenses.

“If there has been any addition to the USFK presence, it needs to be withdrawn, and safeguards need to be put in place to control the entry of USFK troops and equipment into South Korea,” Yu said.

USFK is saying the report is not an accurate representation of the facts…

Full article link: http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/579051.html

DPRK to void Korean War armistice agreement – “Spokesman for Supreme Command of KPA Clarifies Important Measures to Be Taken by It” [KCNA]

Posted in DPR Korea, Iraq, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Korean Reunification, Korean War, Lee Myung-bak, Libya, Nukes, Sanctions as weapon of war, Songun policy, south Korea, U.K., UNSC, US imperialism, USA, Workers Party of Korea WPK on March 7, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Pyongyang, March 5 (KCNA) — A spokesman for the Supreme Command of the Korean People’s Army issued the following statement on Tuesday:

On Dec. 12 last year the DPRK legitimately and successfully launched a satellite for peaceful purposes…

Seizing the DPRK’s satellite launch as an occasion for stifling it from the outset, the U.S. and its allies deliberately negated the DPRK’s sovereignty over its satellite launch. They finally prodded the UN Security Council into adopting a “resolution on sanctions” before opting for high-handed hostile acts against the DPRK.

These hostile acts are still going on.

Under this situation the DPRK was compelled to take practical counteractions to defend the security and sovereignty of the country. On Feb. 12 it admirably and successfully conducted the third underground nuclear test for self-defence at the highest level as part of those counteractions.

However, the U.S. imperialists and their allied forces including south Korea are making more persistent and desperate efforts to slap new tougher “sanctions” against the DPRK, far from drawing a due lesson.

Not content with this, they kicked off again the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises to stifle the DPRK by force of arms by mobilizing huge armed forces of aggression. They will reportedly last for two months from March 1.

Unlike last year the current joint military exercises will be participated in by super-large nuclear-powered carrier task force carrying at least 100 nuclear warheads, B-52H strategic bombers and other means of the U.S. imperialist aggression forces for making ground, sea and air nuclear strikes and its allied forces including south Korea, U.K. and Australia.

From this point of view, the exercises cannot be construed otherwise than the most dangerous nuclear war maneuvers targeted against the DPRK and the most undisguised military provocation to be made by a group of all hues of hostile forces.

This serious situation clearly indicates that the actions of the U.S., south Korea and other hostile forces to infringe upon the sovereignty of the DPRK are now leading to a military offensive for aggression, going beyond the level of outrageous economic “sanctions.”

In view of the prevailing situation, the Supreme Command of the KPA which is responsible for the national defence and security of the country and the destiny of the nation sent a meaningful warning message to the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces through the KPA Panmunjom mission on February 23. It warned them that if they ignite a war of aggression in the end, from that moment their fate will be hung by a thread with every hour.

But, the joint military exercises have persisted and the U.S. and the south Korean puppet forces have become all the more undisguised in their base moves to kick up their “sanctions.”

Looking back on history, the Korean people have neither shot even a single arrow nor thrown a single stone at the land of the U.S.

The U.S. is, however, working with bloodshot eyes to swallow up the DPRK, not content with having incurred the pent-up grudge of the Korean people which can never be settled.

What matters is that the south Korean puppet forces steeped in worship and sycophancy toward the U.S. are dancing to its tune.

Of late Kim Kwan Jin, puppet minister of Defense, and Jong Sung Jo, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, inspected frontline army corps, fleet command and guided missile units where they blustered that a sort of military provocation is expected from the north and cried out for making “deadly strikes” and “preemptive strikes” at the “bases for provocations.”

As far as these guys are concerned, they are a group of traitors who pushed the inter-Korean relations to a collapse together with traitor Lee Myung Bak who knows nothing about politics and military affairs. They are military gangsters who go reckless, unaware of what their master U.S. has in mind, what is the intention of the neighbouring countries and what all fellow countrymen and nation desire.

The puppet authorities, too, are crying out for the dismantlement of nukes and halt to provocation as dictated by their master, without knowing what is precious wealth for the nation. They move like a robot and repeat anything like a parrot.

The sovereignty and dignity of the nation are violated and the supreme interests of the country are seriously threatened by the U.S., the sworn enemy of the Korean people, and maniacs of confrontation with fellow countrymen grouping worst traitors. The army and people of the DPRK can never remain a passive onlooker to this fact.

The spokesman for the KPA Supreme Command is authorized to declare the following important measures:

First, it will take the second and third strong practical counteractions in succession to cope with the high-handed war acts of the U.S. and all other hostile forces as it had already declared.
The army and people of the DPRK never make an empty talk.

It is the mettle of Songun Korea to do what it is determined to do.

It won victories in the two wars and has advanced along the road of victory despite manifold difficulties.

The army groups on the front, ground forces, the navy, air and anti-air units, strategic rocket units of the KPA, the Worker-Peasant Red Guards and the Young Red Guards have launched an all-out action according to the operational plan finally signed by the dear respected Supreme Commander Kim Jong Un.

Now that the U.S. imperialists seek to attack the DPRK even with nuclear weapons, it will counter them with diversified precision nuclear strike means of Korean style.

Those means are bound to be launched once their buttons are pressed, and the enemies’ strongholds be turned into a sea in flames.

This land is neither the Balkans nor Iraq and Libya.

The army and people of the DPRK have everything including lighter and smaller nukes unlike what they had in the past.

Second, the KPA Supreme Command will make the Korean Armistice Agreement totally nullified.

The war maneuvers being staged by the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet forces are a vivid expression of their systematic violation of the AA.

Accordingly, the Supreme Command of the KPA will completely declare invalid the AA, which has existed for form’s sake from March 11, the day when the war maneuvers will enter into a full-dress stage.

The DPRK will make a strike of justice at any target anytime as it pleases without limit, not bound to the AA, and achieve the great cause of the country’s reunification, the cherished desire of the nation.

Third, the KPA Supreme Command will totally stop the activities of the Panmunjom mission of the KPA which was tentatively established and operated by it as a negotiating body for establishing a peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula.

In this regard it will simultaneously make a decision to cut off the Panmunjom DPRK-U.S. military telephone.

Our choice has become clear now that the moves of all hostile forces to encroach upon the sovereignty and dignity of the DPRK are reaching a dangerous phase.

It is the unshakable stand of the army and people of the DPRK and the mode of counteraction of Mt. Paektu style to counter enemies coming in attack with a dagger with a sword, a rifle with an artillery piece and nukes with precision nuclear strike means of Korean style more powerful than them.

The U.S. imperialists and their allies should not forget even a moment that they are standing at the crossroads of their life and death.

A final victory is in store for the army and people of the DPRK who are all out to protect its sovereignty. -0-

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