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S. Korean Authorities Accused of Scuttling Joint National Events

Pyongyang, August 21 (KCNA) — Different organizations of south Korea reportedly accused the “government” authorities of scuttling the August 15 reunification functions.

The South Headquarters of the National Alliance of Youth and Students for the Country’s Reunification (Pomchonghakryon) on August 17 issued a statement titled “We denounce the government authorities for scuttling the August 15 south-north joint events”.

The statement noted that the authorities unjustly disallowed the participation of the South Headquarters of the National Alliance for the Country’s Reunification and Pomchonghakryon and the south Korean Federation of University Student Councils in the August 15 joint national reunification functions, while staging unprecedented anti-north smear campaign by preventing a south Korean non-governmental delegation from visiting Pyongyang to commemorate the tenth anniversary of demise of President Kim Il Sung.

Such moves compel us to have doubt about whether the authorities have a true will for national reunification and the implementation of the June 15 joint declaration, it said, warning that the history of the Korean nation’s movement for independent reunification would judge the anti-reunification moves of the authorities without fail.

The Promotion Committee for August 15 Joint National Functions of the Kwangju and South Jolla Provincial Federation of University Student Councils said at a press conference: The authorities are now worsening the south-north relations and preventing even non-governmental exchange to lay a stumbling block to the implementation of the joint declaration and reunification movement of our nation. We hold that the “Security Law”, which defines patriotic pro-reunification organizations as “enemy-benefiting” ones, should be totally abolished in order to prevent the recurrence of such moves in any case.

The Taegu and North Kyongsang Provincial Reunification Solidarity for the Implementation of the June 15 South-North Joint Declaration and Peace on the Korean Peninsula and the Seoul District Federation of University Student Councils said in their statements that nobody should be excluded from participating in the joint functions to be attended by all the fellow countrymen from the south and the north of Korea and overseas.

If the authorities do not join in the trend of the times, they will be severely punished by the 70 million countrymen, the statements warned.

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