Pyongyang, April 19 (KCNA) — The commander of the U.S. 8th Army in south Korea called an urgent press conference some days ago at which he complained that the agreed share of expenses for defence can not cover the expenses for
the upkeep of the U.S. forces in south Korea. He made threatening remarks that the reduction of material and equipment reserves for wartime now stockpiled in south Korea to cope with the case of emergency on the Korean Peninsula is under examination and the number of the south Korean civilian employees in the units of its forces would be curtailed by about 1,000.
In this regard Rodong Sinmun Tuesday says in a signed commentary:
His outbursts betray the arrogant and crafty intention of the occupation forces to overturn the agreement on the share of expenses for defence and keep south Korea under their domination by means of threat and intimidation.
It is quite nonsensical to talk about the share of expenses for defence in the light of the aggressive nature of the U.S. troops in south Korea and the crimes they have committed there. The U.S., afraid of public criticism, agreed to cut back the defense spending, but as soon as it left the negotiating hall it has worked by hook or by crook to scupper the agreement, revealing its brigandish nature.
The U.S. is trying to build up public opinion in a bid to create the impression that complicated things are happening due to the “reduction of share of expenses for defence”. This is nothing but a gimmick. It seeks to threaten the south Korean authorities under the pretext of “security”, instigate the pro-U.S. conservative forces including the Grand National Party and woo the south Korean civilian employees in the units of its forces to urge the authorities to withdraw the agreement by themselves and calm down the daily-mounting anti-U.S. actions in south Korea.
The people from all walks of life in south Korea should see through the cunning scheme of the U.S. to drive the pro-U.S. forces to quelling the daily mounting anti-U.S. struggle and maintain its domination over south Korea and should never allow themselves to be taken in by such trick.
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