Cancellation of Plan for Operating “SHDC” Demanded

Pyongyang, May 30 (KCNA) — The south Korean authorities sent a “plan for operating the Students Homeland Defence Corps (SHDC) in wartime” to the high schools.

The Secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland in information bulletin No. 903 released on May 29 in this connection terms this a blatant challenge to the historic June 15 joint declaration and a grave provocative act to chill the atmosphere of reconciliation, unity and reunification growing strong throughout Korea. It further says:

The Ministry of Education and Human Resources of south Korea sent the above-said plan to the high schools in which it instructed them to organize the SHDC and turn it into “a war assisting organization” the moment a war threat has come.

The plan requires the headmasters and other teachers to play the role of battalion commander or higher-rank officer and students to perform the role of platoon leader or lower-rank commander and rifleman. It also requires the students to carry numbers of members of the SHDC similar to serial numbers of servicemen even in peacetime.
It is stipulated in the plan that even middle schoolers will be mobilized in wartime and the SHDC turned into a wartime organization in the event of “Chungmu 2” in which the situation is judged as a “war threat” short of a war.
This plan contains even a clause calling for listing the left-inclined students and teachers in peacetime under the pretext of “guiding the leftist students in wartime” and “specially overseeing them” in wartime.

The south Korean authorities sent such plan to the high schools for the purpose of mobilizing even teachers and students for a war at a time when the U.S. moves for a war of aggression against the north have reached an extremely dangerous phase. We bitterly condemn this move because we cannot construe it otherwise than an act of cooperating with the U.S. bellicose forces seeking confrontation and war against the north.

The information bulletin demands the south Korean authorities face up to the reality and behave themselves, stop the racket of confrontation with the north and cancel at once the plan to operate the SHDC, a move going against the trend of the times.

It calls on the south Korean youth and students and other people to determinedly come out against the revival of the criminal SHDC and wage a dynamic struggle for its abolition.

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