PYONGYANG, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Wednesday said the U.S. occupation in South Korea destroys peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula.
The Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of Korea issued a statement that said "neither peace and reunification of the Korean Peninsula nor peace and security in Northeast Asia are thinkable as long as the U.S. forces are present in South Korea."
The United States was the "arch criminal," who divided Korea into the north and the south, bringing misfortune and pain to the Korean Peninsula and it was "the root cause" of aggression and war, the statement said.
The statement urged the United States to understand the mounting anti-U.S. sentiment of the Koreans, withdraw its forces from South Korea, stop the moves for an aggression war against the DPRK, and refrain from any acts obstructive to the independent and peaceful reunification of Korea.
The statement called upon all parties and groups and people to drive the U.S. forces out of South Korea, and "turn out as one in the sacred anti-U.S. patriotic struggle."