February 18, 2003

Update On North Korea And The Armistice:

As a follow-up to this post, the Korean Central News Agency of the D.P.R.K. has posted yesterday's announcement in which the North threatens to withdraw from the current armistice. You can see the original here (as well as the rest of the day's news ... there's a wonderful little piece titled Kim Jong Il sends gifts to children on remote islets), but here's the full statement:

Spokesman for Panmunjom mission of KPA (Korean People's Army) issues statement: The Panmunjom mission of the Korean People's Army is authorized to declare that the KPA side will be left with no option but to take a decisive step to abandon its commitment to implement the Armistice Agreement as a signatory to it and free itself from the binding force of all its provisions, regarding the possible sanctions to be taken by the U.S. side against the DPRK from anywhere after bolstering its forces in and around the Korean Peninsula to attack the DPRK as the AA-banned blockade against it. A spokesman for the Panmunjom mission of the KPA said this in a statement on Feb. 17.

He said: The Armistice Agreement that was signed to provide a peaceful solution to the Korean issue has been systematically ditched by the U.S. and used for the purpose of its hostile policy toward the DPRK. At a time when the situation on the Korean Peninsula is getting extremely tense due to the U.S. nuclear racket, the U.S. side is contemplating about the additional deployment of huge forces including aircraft carriers and strategic bombers in and around the Korean Peninsula in violation of the AA. The situation is, therefore, getting more serious as the days go by as it is putting its plan for preemptive attacks on the DPRK into practice with increased zeal.

The U.S. openly declared that it would continue its brigandish encroachment upon the sovereignty of the DPRK in the waters near it in the future just as it captured and searched a DPRK trading cargo ship on a voyage in the open sea in broad daylight on December 9 last year. This means that it will conduct naval blockade operations which can be seen only between the warring states during the war and this is little short of an open declaration of war in the long-run.

All facts go to clearly prove how ridiculous and hypocritical the U.S. sophism that the peace in Korea is ensured on the strength of the Armistice Agreement is. The grave situation created by the undisguised war acts committed by the U.S. in breach of the AA compels the KPA side, its warring party, to immediately take all steps to cope with it. If the U.S. side continues violating and misusing the Armistice Agreement as it pleases, there will be no need for the DPRK to remain bound to the AA uncomfortably.

The future development will entirely depend on the attitude of the U.S. side.

Posted by Avocare at February 18, 2003 10:35 PM
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