PYONGYANG, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Thursday condemned a U.S.-South Korea drill as "war preparedness" and "confrontational policy," warning it only cast shadow to the hard-won atmosphere for dialogue.
"While the U.S. and South Korea authorities are loudly speaking about ensuring peace and security and building confidence on the Korean Peninsular, they are on the contrary choreographing dangerous war racket and confrontation moves," the official KCNA news agency quoted a spokesman of the Policy Department of the National Defense Commission (NDC) as saying.
The "Ulji Freedom Guardian" military exercise, which started on Aug. 19, flied B-52 nuclear bombers over the Korean Peninsula, openly posing a nuclear threat to the DPRK, the spokesman said in a statement.
"If the U.S. truly wants denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, it should stop the nuclear blackmail against the DPRK," said the statement, urging the South Korean president to "drop the double-dealing attitude of tolerating outsider's nuke while denying the nation's nuke."
The announcement came one day after South Korean President Park Geun-hye said the DPRK should give up its nuclear weapons. "Unless the DPRK dismantle its nuclear program, national reunification and peace would go farther away," Park said.
The NDC responded by saying that "the army and people of the DPRK will neither give up nor make even a step backward in the road for ensuring peace and security of the country and building a powerful and prosperous country."
The inter-Korean relations are slowly making progress amid defusing tensions between the two sides.
The two countries agreed to reopen a joint industrial zone in the DPRK's border town of Kaesong and to hold reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.
However, differences remain on the date to start Mt. Kumgang tour talks.
Pyongyang expressed regret Wednesday on Seoul's calls to delay Mt. Kumgang tour talks. The DPRK requests South Korea reconsider its actions.
Seoul proposed to hold the talks on Oct. 2, a week later than Pyongyang's offer. It insists the date reflects the need for all sides to concentrate on arranging the family reunions and on normalizing the Kaesong complex.
SEOUL, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- South Korea and the Democratic People' s Republic of Korea (DPRK) officially signed an agreement on forming a joint committee to run the Kaesong industrial complex, Seoul's Unification Ministry said Thursday.
Under the agreement, Seoul and Pyongyang will set up a joint management committee for the Kaesong factory park that has one chairman and five members each from both sides sitting on board, according to the Ministry of Unification. Full story
SEOUL, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Wednesday reached a final agreement on forming a joint management committee for the Kaesong industrial complex.
"Both sides virtually agreed on how to set up the joint committee," an official at Seoul's Unification Ministry said by phone. "But, final agreements have not been exchanged yet. The exchange would happen tomorrow." Full story
SEOUL, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to give up its nuclear weapons program.
"North Korea (DPRK) is still adhering to the nuclear weapons development despite oppositions from international communities in unison," President Park said in her opening address for the plenary session of National Unification Advisory Council (NUAC), a state body that gives advice on DPRK policies to President Park. Full story