Pyongyang, November 26 (KCNA) – U.S. Secretary of Defense Cohen reportedly said at a recent press conference held at the end of the “South Korea-U.S. annual security consultative meeting” that “the U.S. will not assume any legal responsibility for spraying defoliant.”
This represents the unpardonable brazen-faced outcries of the occupationists intended to shirk their responsibility for the killings of Koreans.
As already known, defoliant was sprayed over the demilitarized zone along the Military Demarcation Line from 1968 to 1969 at the U.S. connivance.
The plan for spraying defoliant was worked out by the then commander of the U.S. forces in South Korea together with the South Korean authorities and carried out with the approval of the U.S. Secretary of Defense.
Recently the U.S. Defense Department officially admitted that the operation for the spraying of defoliant was planned by the U.S. and the substance was supplied and its spraying was supervised by it.
The U.S. turned part of our inviolable territory into ruins and gravely threatened the very existence of our compatriots in a bid to meet its aggressive ambition and interest. This is a wanton violation of the international law.
It was the U.S. which developed defoliant with tremendous destructive power and is chiefly responsible for its disaster brought to our nation.
The U.S. should assume a legal responsibility for the killings of Koreans and destruction of part of our inviolable territory.
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