calendar>>January 25. 2009 Juche 98
Appointment of Anti-Reunification Element as Minister of "Unification" Assailed
Pyongyang, January 25 (KCNA) -- On Jan. 19 Lee Myung Bak of south Korea appointed Hyon In Thaek, author of the watchwords of "no nukes, opening and 3,000 dollars", as minister of "Unification". This is an outright challenge to the fellow countrymen desirous of improvement of the inter-Korean relations and independent reunification, peace and prosperity of the nation.

Minju Joson Sunday says this in a signed commentary.

As proven by the appointment, Lee Myung Bak seeks to further deteriorate the inter-Korean relations this year, pursuant to the "policy toward the north" the core of which is "no nukes, opening and 3,000 dollars" censured by all the fellow countrymen, the commentary says, citing facts to prove it.

Hyon's nomination as minister of "Unification" is an open provocation as it is little short of a declaration that south Korea would continue to stand in confrontation with the DPRK, the commentary says, and goes on:

It is Lee's intention to force the north to change its attitude toward the implementation of the inter-Korean declarations.

Lee does not want improvement of the north-south relations, nor peace and national reunification. He only seeks to further escalate the confrontation with fellow countrymen this year than last year and push the inter-Korean relations deeper into the abyss of confrontation and ruin.

Now that Lee appointed Hyon, author of the "policy toward the north" inciting confrontation with fellow countrymen, as minister of "Unification" no one can predict what catastrophic consequences will be entailed in the north-south relations.

The Lee group will be forced to stand a stern trial before the nation for getting frantic in its moves for confrontation with fellow countrymen.

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