Pyongyang, March 13 (KCNA) — the south Korea-U.S. “Combined Forces Command” officially announced on Mar. 10 that it would stage “RSOI” and “Foal Eagle” in south Korea under the simulated conditions of an emergency on the Korean Peninsula from Mar. 25 to 31.
A spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland issued a statement Monday assailing its plan.
The plan of the U.S. and the south Korean bellicose forces to stage large-scale joint military maneuvers targeted against the north despite its repeated warnings and the unanimous opposition and condemnation by the public opinion at home and abroad is an extremely grave criminal move to bedevil the present inter-Korean relations and bring the situation on the Korean Peninsula to the brink of war, the statement notes, and goes on:
This once again clearly indicates that the U.S. loudmouthed “talks” and the like are nothing but hypocrisy to mislead the public opinion at home and abroad and it is pursuing stand-off and war only.
We can not but take note of the fact that despite our repeated strong demand the U.S. announced its plan to start the provocative war exercises to invade the north at a time when the 18th inter-Korean ministerial talks were about to open.
The U.S. should know that the projected saber rattling will becloud the prospect of a peaceful solution to the nuclear issue and the six-party talks and drive the inter-Korean relations to a more serious phase.
It is the spirit and mettle of the army and people in the DPRK advancing under the uplifted banner of Songun to respond to force in kind and to react to any provocation with merciless telling blows.
The U.S. should ponder over the serious consequences to be entailed by the war maneuvers targeted against the north and unconditionally cancel its very dangerous plan for them.
We, at the same time, serve a strong warning to the south Korean bellicose forces involved in the U.S. moves to invade the north.
If the south Korean authorities truly wish to improve the inter-Korean relations and preserve the peace on the peninsula, they should neither toe the policy of outside forces for aggression nor become an accomplice in executing it but give up the plan to stage the joint military exercises with the outside forces and make an option for national independence, peace against war and great national unity.
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