calendar>>November 15. 2008 Juche 97
South Side to Blame for Deadlocked Inter-Korean Dialogue
Pyongyang, November 14 (KCNA) -- Some time ago, Minister of "Foreign Affairs and Trade" of south Korea Ryu Myong Hwan let loose sophism as regards the inter-Korean dialogue. He asserted that the absence of dialogue between the north and the south was not attributable to south Korea's policy towards the north but to the latter's rejection of the former's proposal for dialogue.

Minju Joson Friday refutes his remarks in a signed commentary.

The north-south dialogue which had made brisk headway was suspended because Lee Myung Bak, as soon as he came to power, adopted "no nukes, opening and 3,000 dollars" as his "policy towards the north," negating the June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration and refusing to implement them, the commentary notes, and goes on:

The purpose of the north-south dialogue is to achieve the independent reunification of the country by improving and developing the inter-Korean relations. Therefore, it is self-evident that one cannot sit at a negotiating table with those who denied the above-said declarations, great programmes for national reunification, and refused to implement them.

Moreover, the above-said policy of Lee Myung Bak is to do harm to the fellow countrymen in league with the U.S.

The Lee group wants neither dialogue nor reunification. What they want is to deliberately deteriorate the north-south relations, perpetuate the division of the country and stand in showdown with fellow countrymen.

The group is entirely to blame for the deadlocked north-south dialogue.

Lee Myung Bak attached the label of "co-existence and co-prosperity" to his watchwords of "no nukes, opening and 3,000 dollars" but their reactionary nature remains unchanged.

If he is truly interested in the north-south dialogue, he should respect the June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration and declare his willingness to implement them while dropping the anti-reunification and traitorous "policy towards the north."

Should he try to shift the blame for the deadlocked dialogue on to others as now instead of doing so, it will further deteriorate the inter-Korean relations and he and his group will face severe judgment by the whole nation.

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