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U.S. Obstructions to Implementation of Joint Declaration Assailed

Pyongyang, June 13 (KCNA) — The Secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland issued a detailed report on June 12 on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the publication of the historic June 15 North-South Joint Declaration, which denounced the U.S. for having viciously hindered the implementation of the joint declaration, displeased with it.

Recalling that no sooner had the inter-Korean joint declaration been published than the U.S. blamed the south Korean authorities for not getting its “prior consent” as regards its adoption as if something serious had happened, the report said, and continued:

The inter-Korean ties had developed on good terms for sometime since the publication of the joint declaration but were soon put at a standstill due to the U.S. pressure and interference.

In May 2003 the U.S. pressurized the newly emerged south Korean authorities to sign a U.S.-south Korea “joint statement” containing extremely provocative clauses dealing with “additional measures” for an economic blockade and military attack on the DPRK, again throwing the inter-Korean relations into a phase of deterioration.

The number of the exercises for a war of aggression against the DPRK has been systematically and rapidly increased every year since the publication of the joint declaration.

In 2001 alone the number of war drills staged by the U.S. with south Korea doubled over that in the previous year, counting only those drills officially made public.

Since the publication of the joint declaration more hardware for a nuclear war such as the U.S. nuclear-powered carrier and subs have been brought to south Korea than before under the signboards of “military exercise” and “portcall,” etc. The strategic redeployment of U.S. forces for a war of aggression against the north has been carried out and the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces in south Korea have been bolstered up significantly under the pretext of the “reorganization” and “relocation” of the U.S. forces.

The “rotation deployment” of the ill-famed F-117 Stealth fighter bombers has started in south Korea since the publication of the joint declaration.

The U.S. has instigated the pro-U.S. conservatives in south Korea including the Grand National Party to fan up the inter-Korean confrontation, negating the joint declaration.
It has made every possible effort to frustrate the dialogues and contacts between the authorities and non-governmental organizations of the north and the south to implement the June 15 joint declaration as soon as they began after the historic Pyongyang meeting and the publication of the joint declaration.

Such U.S. pressure threw hurdles in the way of a series of inter-Korean dialogues and contacts. For instance, the fifth inter-Korean ministerial talks slated to take place in March 2001 could not open as scheduled.

As there was a sign of a thaw in the temporarily frozen inter-Korean relations with the visit of a special envoy of the south to Pyongyang in April 2002 as a momentum, the U.S. peddled “satellite photographs” to spread the rumor about “the danger of the possible collapse of the dam of Mt. Kumgang” in order to frustrate the inter-Korean dialogues. In June of the same year the U.S. egged the south Korean bellicose forces on to spark off an armed clash in the West Sea, pushing the north-south dialogue to a crisis.

The U.S. administration has instigated and pressurized the south Korean authorities to raise the nuclear issue of the north at all inter-Korean dialogues and contacts, laying a stumbling block in the way of the dialogues.

The U.S. kicked up a noisy racket against the DPRK over its human rights issue plus the nuclear issue in a bid to create hurdles in the way of the inter-Korean dialogues and spark international disputes. It thus egged south Korea on to declare a state of emergency, pursuant to this campaign, obstructing the inter-Korean dialogues.

When the cooperation between the north and the south was brisk to implement the June 15 joint declaration, the U.S. invented all sorts of pretexts for holding it in check such as “drain on resources,” “outflow of strategic materials” and “use for a military purpose.”

A typical example of this was the fact that the U.S. obstructed the tour of Mt. Kumgang, a symbol of inter-Korean reconciliation and cooperation, asserting that “funds paid for tourism might be used for a military purpose.”

It has openly interfered in and hampered like a gendarme the work of reconnecting the rail and road links between the north and the south and the construction of the Kaesong industrial zone under the pretexts of “approval” or “permission”.

It has also demanded the south Korean enterprises get approval on a-case-by-case basis before their entry into the zone under the pretext of “blocking the introduction of strategic materials”.

It has stood in the way of the inter-Korean cooperation in the field of electricity supply.
The first meeting of the panel for inter-Korean cooperation in power supply was opened in Pyongyang in Feb. 2001. But the U.S. pressurized the south Korean authorities not to discuss the issue, asserting that it could not allow the discussion on the issue because south Korea’s supply of electricity to the north might deprive it of the nuclear card. In consequence, the discussion of the matter proved unsuccessful at the meeting and the cooperation in this field has failed to make any progress.

The U.S. has tried hardest to deter south Korea from supplying fertilizers to the north under the pretext of the nuclear issue.

According to what has been disclosed, 90 percent of the CIA agents active in south Korea are specializing in the issues related to the inter-Korean relations and watching and controlling all the south Koreans who have visited the north by directly grasping their tendencies.

The real aim sought by the U.S. in meddling in and obstructing the undertakings done by Koreans and hamstringing the efforts to implement the joint declaration is to perpetuate its military presence in south Korea and colonial rule over it and escalate the moves for a war of aggression on the Korean Peninsula.

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