Pyongyang, August 28 (KCNA) — A spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA Saturday as regards the acute political confrontation between the ruling and opposition camps and between progressive and conservative forces in south Korea over the issue of “probe into the past crimes”:
The Grand National Party has so far opposed the intense debate about the issue, describing the “probe into past crimes” as a move to “divide the public opinion” and “kill opposition party representative.” Recently, however, it began asserting that the pro-north, pro-communist activities should be included in the targets of probe. This is intended to equate the probe into the past crimes that has become a trend of the times with the confrontation between the pro-north, pro-communist forces and the forces “defending freedom and democracy.”
This far-fetched assertion is aimed to brand pro-reunification patriotic figures and organizations of different strata and even those supporting the June 15 joint declaration as pro-north and pro-communist elements.
It can not but be an anachronistic and treacherous act going against the desire of the nation to raise the issue of “pro-north and pro-communism”, the old conception of confrontation in the Cold War era, today when all the Koreans in the north and the south are getting reconciled and united and working hard to solve the issue of reunification by the concerted efforts of the nation.
The GNP’s moves are aimed to cover up its crime-woven past in which it perpetrated pro-U.S. sycophantic and treacherous acts and fascist and anti-reunification crimes after springing up from the roots of pro-Japanese acts, scuttle the on-going “probe into the past crimes”, disregard what has been gained by the movements for independence, democracy and reunification and bring back the old era of dictatorship and confrontation.
The south Koreans from all walks of life should throw overboard these dregs of society through the struggle to probe the truth about the past crimes just as they sternly punished GNP coteries who challenged the mind-set of people during the crisis over the motion on impeachment against the president and the April general election.
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