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Letter to President of South Korean Red Cross

Pyongyang, July 19 (KCNA) — Jang Jae On, chairman of the Central Committee of the DPRK Red Cross Society, Wednesday sent a letter to Han Wan Sang, president of the Red Cross of south Korea.

The letter said:

All the Koreans eagerly hope to see the humanitarian cooperation between the north and the south making steady progress in the idea of “By our nation itself” as clarified in the historic June 15 joint declaration. But the south side has laid a stumbling block in its way, contrary to such desire and expectation of the nation.

Your side sidestepped even the discussion of the sincere proposal our side made at the 19th north-south ministerial talks for arranging the direct reunion at Mt. Kumgang resort and video meetings between separated families and relatives on the occasion of the upcoming harvest moon day, prompted by its compatriotic and humanitarian stand.

At the talks your side even unilaterally refused to provide rice and fertilizers, an undertaking which has been underway between the north and the south as part of the humanitarian work on the principle of mutual help.

This is an act of treachery little short of sacrificing the humanitarian work between fellow countrymen to serve the U.S. and Japan keen on applying sanctions against DPRK with bitterness toward it.

The humanitarian undertakings have virtually ceased to exist between the north and the south as your side has abused even the humanitarian issue for meeting its sinister purpose to serve the outsiders.

Our side is, therefore, of the view that it has become impossible to hold any discussion related to humanitarian issues, to say nothing of arranging any reunion between separated families and relatives between the two sides.

We, therefore, make it clear that it is impossible to arrange the special video meeting on August 15 as scheduled and construct a reunion centre at Mt. Kumgang resort.

The authorities of your side should be held fully accountable for the consequences to be entailed by their inhuman and treacherous action perpetrated against the nation and the Red Cross of your side should lodge a due protest with them against this.

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