CPRF Spokesman on Failure to Conduct Trial Train Operation
Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)
Pyongyang, May 26 (KCNA) -- The south side was wholly to blame for the failure to conduct the trial train operation as the south Korean military totally sidestepped the solution of pending issues, priorities in ensuring peace on the Korean Peninsula. The spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland said this in a statement issued Friday slamming the south Korean authorities for unhesitatingly conducting a smear campaign against the north over the failure to have the trial train operation Thursday.
The statement said:
What is most urgent for guaranteeing peace on the Korean Peninsula at present is to correctly fix a sea boundary for the purpose of preventing military clashes in the waters of the West Sea.
Precisely for this reason the north proposed this issue at the general-level military talks held before the north-south trial train operation and has made every sincere effort to this end.
But the military side of the south evaded the settlement of the issue for a groundless reason despite our repeated proposals and patient efforts, thus making it impossible for the north and the south to take security steps in any field.
The trial train operation could not be conducted also because of an unpardonable provocation of the ultra-right conservative forces of the "Grand National Party" of the south against the north.
They staged such rowdyism as torching the flag of the DPRK, a dignified symbol of our state, in broad daylight at the tacit connivance of the south Korean police authorities with the trial train operation between the north and the south just around the corner as an experimental work for inter-Korean reconciliation and cooperation.
We cannot but take to task such clumsy attitude taken by the south Korean authorities as talking about the issue of providing "raw materials and other materials for light industry" and "materials for railways," when arguing about the blame for the failure to conduct the trial train operation.
We hold that if the south side is to question who is to blame for the abortive trial train operation, it should take to task nobody but the bellicose forces of its military and the GNP ultra-right conservatives and properly settle their crimes.
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