Pyongyang, April 18 (KCNA) — Some days ago, the south Korean judicial authorities sentenced Ri Jong Rin, former honorary chairman of the South Headquarters of the National Alliance for the Country’s Reunification (Pomminryon), to two years in prison and three years of stay of execution at a trial after detaining him on charges of violation of the “National Security Law”.
In this regard Rodong Sinmun Monday carries a signed commentary.
Such punishment has been made on the alleged charges that he participated in the grand pro-reunification festival in 2002 to have contacts with an “operator” and “let out a secret”. It is an unpardonable fascist outrage based on groundless and far-fetched assertion.
This behavior against the patriot of advanced age proves that the south Korean judicial authorities are acting a stooge of the anti-reunification fascists who attempt to obliterate the patriotic organizations for the reunification movement in south Korea, including the South Headquarters of Pomminryon, and derail the process of the inter-Korean reconciliation and reunification, not knowing the trend of the times.
What is more intolerable is that the south Korean judicial authorities slandered the DPRK as an “anti-state organization” on the strength of the “NSL” which has already been reduced to a dead document. They are still now suppressing pro-reunification patriots and antagonizing the north contrary to the spirit of the June 15 joint declaration in which the north and the south promised to pool their efforts for reunification. This is a grave provocation against the north and can never be pardoned as it denies the joint declaration itself.
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