PYONGYANG, March 12 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has accused South Korea of not complying with an agreement made in February to stop slandering each other.
"They have gone (to) the lengths of daring slander ... in gross violation of the agreement," the DPRK's official KCNA news agency reported, citing a statement issued on Tuesday by an unidentified spokesman for the country's delegation in the inter-Korean, high-level talks.
Pyongyang urged Seoul to stop "reckless mudslinging as it is the root cause of all disasters," claiming that Seoul is putting the deal's implementation at a "critical crossroads."
"The South Korean authorities should bear deep in mind that there can be confidence-building and a bright prospect for improving the inter-Korean relations when they respect the other party and honestly implement the agreement," the KCNA reported.
However, South Korea claimed that it was the DPRK that has failed to comply with the agreement to stop the inter-Korean mudslinging.
Pyongyang rejected Seoul's offer last Thursday for talks on holding regular reunions for familes from both sides, saying that "the proper atmosphere has not been created" to discuss such issues.
S. Korea to cut standing armed forces by 110,000 over next 8 years
SEOUL, March 6 (Xinhua) -- South Korea planned to cut its standing armed forces by more than 110,000 over the next eight years amid lower birth rate that will reduce the number of draftees, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.
Shim Yong-shik, director-general for the Defense Ministry's defense reform, told a press briefing that the military will reduce its standing forces from the current 633,000 to 522,000 by 2022 under the defense reform plan for 2014-2030. Full story
China will not allow war or instability on Korean Peninsula
BEIJING, March 8 (Xinhua) -- China will not allow war or instability on the Korean Peninsula, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday.
"The Korean Peninsula is right on China's doorstep. We have a red line, that is, we will not allow war or instability on the Korean Peninsula," Wang said at a press conference on the sidelines of China's annual parliamentary session. Full story