North Korean media on calls for denuclearization: ‘Balderdash’

Not surprisingly, there’ s no specific mention of the latest North Korean nuclear controversy from the Pyongyang-sponsored Korean Central News Agency. (To be fair, the Puebla State Branch of the Mexican National Preparatory Committee for Commemorating the Centenary of Birth of President Kim Il Sung was inaugurated, so it’s a busy news day for them.) ...

By , a former associate editor at Foreign Policy.
Korean News Service via Getty Images
Korean News Service via Getty Images
Korean News Service via Getty Images

Not surprisingly, there' s no specific mention of the latest North Korean nuclear controversy from the Pyongyang-sponsored Korean Central News Agency. (To be fair, the Puebla State Branch of the Mexican National Preparatory Committee for Commemorating the Centenary of Birth of President Kim Il Sung was inaugurated, so it's a busy news day for them.)

But a possibly purposely timed article takes aim at South Korean President Lee Myung Bak's insistence that North Korea pursue denuclearization as a precondition for reunification:

The chief executive of south Korea during his recent foreign trip pulled up the DPRK, letting loose such foolish remarks about "complete abandonment of nuclear program" and "responsible attitude". He made no scruple of making such arrogant remarks that "the north's insistence on its stand would only bring bigger damage to it" and that "only the south-north summit for achieving denuclearization is possible.[...]

Not surprisingly, there’ s no specific mention of the latest North Korean nuclear controversy from the Pyongyang-sponsored Korean Central News Agency. (To be fair, the Puebla State Branch of the Mexican National Preparatory Committee for Commemorating the Centenary of Birth of President Kim Il Sung was inaugurated, so it’s a busy news day for them.)

But a possibly purposely timed article takes aim at South Korean President Lee Myung Bak’s insistence that North Korea pursue denuclearization as a precondition for reunification:

The chief executive of south Korea during his recent foreign trip pulled up the DPRK, letting loose such foolish remarks about "complete abandonment of nuclear program" and "responsible attitude". He made no scruple of making such arrogant remarks that "the north’s insistence on its stand would only bring bigger damage to it" and that "only the south-north summit for achieving denuclearization is possible.[…]

Rodong Sinmun Sunday in a signed commentary brands these reckless remarks of the south Korean puppet group as an intolerable mockery of the whole Korean nation desirous of improved relations between the north and the south and blatant challenge and provocation against the DPRK.

Ridiculing the shameless remarks of the south Korean authorities as scream of those who were driven to a tight corner inside and outside, the commentary goes on:

The six-party talks would have already resumed and the inter-Korean relations not been driven to such acute phase of confrontation as now if the south Korean authorities had not fabricated the anti-DPRK plots and not resorted to sanctions and military provocations against the DPRK in league with outside forces. Nevertheless, the south Korean authorities tried to convince the public that the responsibility for the situation rests with the DPRK. This is the culmination of shamelessness.

They have no qualification to talk about "abandonment of nuclear program" and "change of attitude". The balderdash of the south Korean authorities revealed their anti-reunification intention to stand in confrontation with the DPRK to the last while denying dialogue and cooperation.

Got that?

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating

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