S. Korean Authorities to Blame for Failure to Open National Writers’ Meeting

Pyongyang, August 23 (KCNA) — The Central Committee of the Korean Writers Union (KWU) is of the view that the U.S. unreasonable pressure and interference and the south Korean authorities’ unprincipled act of toeing the U.S. line have bedeviled the north-south relations that had been improving favorably and this tense situation has made it impossible to open a national writers meeting at the date agreed upon between the north and the south for which the south side’s authorities are entirely to blame. A spokesman for the Central Committee of the KWU said this in a statement issued today. He strongly urged the authorities to take a necessary measure as soon as possible to break the present deadlock.

The statement continued:

The Central Committee of the KWU and the National Literary Writers Council of south Korea agreed on June 10 to hold a grand national writers meeting for the implementation of the June 15 joint declaration in Pyongyang and in Mt. Paektu and have since stepped up preparations for them.

The Central Committee of the KWU has exerted every sincere effort to make arrangements for the meeting to make it a grand literary festival for reunification, a festival for all writers and other Koreans in the north and the south of Korea and abroad desirous of national reunification and a historic meeting which would open a new phase in the literary movement for reunification.

However, the south Korean authorities disallowed the Pyongyang visit of the delegation to honor the memory of President Kim Il Sung, abducted DPRK citizens and scuttled the joint function scheduled to be held on August 15 under the U.S. pressure and manipulation. They went the lengths of staging Ulji Focus Lens-04 joint military exercises, timed to coincide with the projected meeting.

It is self-evident that this kind of meeting is quite impossible and no desired achievement can be expected from it even if it is held now that there is a tense atmosphere of discord and confrontation between fellow countrymen, actions are taken to deny the political system in the north and bring it down and dark clouds of a nuclear war are hanging over the Korean nation.

Expressing the belief that all Koreans at home and abroad including writers would wage a vigorous struggle to foil moves for a war against the north and achieve national reconciliation, unity and reunification under the uplifted banner of the June 15 joint declaration, the statement noted that the KWU would exert positive efforts to hold the national writers meeting within this year.

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