PYONGYANG, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Friday denounced South Korea for rejecting the north-south military working talks.
According to the official news agency KCNA, a spokesman for the north side's delegation to the north-south military working talks has issued a statement to accuse the south side of its rejecting the north-south military working talks.
"When looking back on the history of the north-south relations, it is very hard to find a precedent in which one party rejected the talks proposed by the other party even when the bilateral relations reached the lowest ebb" , the spokesman said, "because the rejection of dialogue precisely meant confrontation and war" .
The south side is obliged to apologize to the DPRK for its "hideous fabrication and charade" orchestrated against the DPRK on the "Cheonan" case "a thousand times" , he said.
The army of the DPRK will counter the south side's reckless provocation with "merciless physical retaliation" , he warned.
Although the DPRK cherishes improvement of the north-south relations, it will no longer be interested in dialogue and contact as long as South Korea keeps doing harm to the DPRK under the pretext of the "Cheonan" case. The north-south relations will move in the direction "as required by the times and the desire of the nation" even without military dialogue and contact, he added.
At the end of the statement, the spokesman urged South Korea to "keenly realize what catastrophic impact" their rejection of dialogue will have on the north-south relations.
The 1,200-ton "Cheonan" with 104 crew members onboard sank on March 26 near the maritime border with the DPRK after an unexplained explosion. Only 58 sailors were rescued alive shortly after the sinking. The South Korean investigators issued the results of the investigation on May 20 that the "Cheonan" was sunken by the torpedo of the DPRK. A spokesman for the DPRK National Defence Commission issued a statement on May 20 to reject the claim of the south and indicated to send an inspection group to the south to verify material evidence. However the south rejected that request.
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