U.S. Hit for Hamstringing National Reconciliation

Reprinted from the Korean Central News Agency.

Pyongyang, January 11 (KCNA) -- The United States recently sent a message to the south Korean authorities urging to bar tourism to Mt. Kumgang, block again railway and road links between the north and the south and stop construction of industrial zone in Kaesong under the pretext of the nuclear issue between the DPRK and U.S. In this regard papers today carry signed commentaries.

The commentaries charged that such move of the U.S. is a ferocious interference in the internal affairs of the Korean nation and unpardonable infringement on its sovereignty, and a serious challenge to all the Korean nation who are striving to achieve the independent and peaceful reunification of the country under the banner of the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration.

The U.S. interruption in the development of inter-Korean relations and the process of national reconciliation betrays its attempt to invade the DPRK, Rodong Sinmun says, and goes on:

The progress of cooperation between the north and the south such as relinking railways and roads, tourism to Mt. Kumgang and construction of industrial zone in Kaesong is the work that should be done by the north and the south, not a work in which the United States interferes. There is neither reason nor justification for the U.S. to meddle in the projects. The United States revealed again its intention to keep the occupation of south Korea and pursue the policy of aggression on Korea by hampering the development of inter-Korean relations and the reunification movement which the Korean nation is pushing forward in conformity with its desire and will.

Minju Joson says that the United States is persistently disturbing the improvement of inter-Korean relations at any cost to turn the structure of the Korean nation versus the United States confrontation into that between the north and the south and unleash a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula. That is why the U.S. put pressure upon south Korean authorities this time to control the speed of promotion of inter-Korean relations.