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KPA General Staff Blasts S. Korean Defense Minister's Outbursts

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

Pyongyang, January 24 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army Sunday released a statement blasting the outbursts about "preemptive strike" let loose by the south Korean puppet defense minister which have created such grave situation under which the tragic June 25 war may repeat itself on the Korean Peninsula at any moment.

The defense minister, addressing an open seminar titled "Defense reform and prospect of inter-Korean relations" held on Jan. 20, blustered that south Korea would mount a "preemptive strike" if necessary to cope with the "nuclear threat" from the north, adding that "such stand" of the south Korean puppet army is "invariable."

At a "National Assembly confirmation hearing" for informally designating the chairman of the puppet Joint Chiefs of Staff held in March 2008, he blared that south Korea would make a "preemptive strike" at the nuclear bases in the north with precision guided missiles.

The above-said reckless remarks about "preemptive strike" openly made by the guy once again upon assuming the post of defense minister are by no means gaffes but fully reflect the will of the south Korean puppet authorities displeased with the process for improving the inter-Korean relations, the statement said.

The KPA General Staff re-clarifies the principled stand of our revolutionary armed forces to cope with the grave situation, the statement said, and went on:

Our revolutionary armed forces will regard the scenario for ''preemptive strike" which the south Korean puppet authorities adopted as a "state policy" as an open declaration of war.

They will take prompt and decisive military actions against any attempt of the south Korean puppet authorities to violate the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK and blow up the major targets including the commanding center.

Steadfast is our stand to improve the inter-Korean relations on the basis of the historic June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration and pave the way for national reunification, but we will never remain a passive onlooker to the moves of the puppets to escalate the confrontation with the DPRK.

Those seeking to realize their daydream will not be able to escape an unimaginably miserable fate, warned the statement.



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