Pyongyang, January 18 (KCNA) — The spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland issued a statement on January 17 denouncing the U.S. warmaniacs for stepping up the reform of the U.S. Eighth Army Command present in South Korea into a Field Army Command.
The statement says:
The reform comes at a time when the “four-way talks” are now under way to set up a peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean peninsula. It is a premeditated move designed to stifle the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea by force of arms. This is a new grave threat and provocation against the DPRK.
While crying for peace and the improvement of relations with the DPRK, the U.S. is stepping up war preparations against it. This is a dangerous act no one can remain a passive onlooker to.
The U.S. should not try to threaten the DPRK with any military adventure and pressure.
We treasure peace but do not beg for it at all. It is a fixed will and unshakable faith of the Korean people and People’s Army to mete out a merciless punishment to those who encroach upon the sovereignty of the DPRK and to defend the anthropocentric socialism of Korean style impregnably.
If the U.S. warhawks try to place the U.S. Forces in South Korea under wartime system, ignoring our warnings, we cannot but take countermeasures and the U.S. will be held responsible wholly for the consequences arising therefrom.
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