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Inter-Korean Military Working-level Talks Held

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

Pyongyang, March 3 (KCNA) -- The north-south military working-level talks took place in Kaesong Tuesday.

At the talks Colonel of the Korean People's Army Ri Son Gwon, head of the delegation of the north side, stated as follows over the fact that the south side has recently driven inter-Korean relations to a catastrophic phase and obstructed military guarantee for passage, communications and customs clearance for revitalizing the Kaesong Industrial Zone while getting hell-bent on the unpardonable escalated confrontation with the DPRK:

Firstly, the situation in waters of the West Sea of Korea is reaching the brink of explosion due to the recent grave military provocations of the south side's military authorities in the waters.

The military authorities of the south side, who intentionally and directly organized the premeditated armed conflict in the said waters in November last year, staged a "citation ceremony" for those involved in it, inciting an atmosphere of confrontation. Then, they are gradually escalating the military tension in the controversial waters.

The south side authorities' foolish attempt to preserve the illegal "northern limit line" and make the existence of the "territorial waters" of the south side along it an established fact can never be overlooked.

Secondly, the psychological warfare designed to do harm to the dignified system of the DPRK and its security is going to extremes.

The campaign for scattering leaflets slandering the ideology and system in the DPRK has escalated into the depth of the north side, going beyond the areas along the Military Demarcation Line. And anti-DPRK psychological broadcasting is getting more vicious in its content and form than ever before.

And it is long since the moves for bringing down the system of the DPRK by spying on what is going on inside it and destabilizing it via the northern border areas have gone beyond the danger line.

The authorities of the south side should stop at once such a ridiculous and foolish act.

Thirdly, if the authorities of the south side finally stage Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises in collusion with outside forces, the situation on the Korean Peninsula will be "uncontrollable."

The joint military exercises to be kicked off on March 8 are adventurous offensive operational exercises involving massive arms buildup, infiltration into rear areas, ground attack, coast landing and assault operation and nuclear war maneuvers for an actual war for the purpose of mounting a surprise preemptive attack on the DPRK on the ground, in the sea and sky in "contingency" on the peninsula.

Now the south Korean authorities are getting hell-bent on the moves to do harm to the DPRK by intentionally escalating the military tensions for the purpose of inventing any pretext for conflict in the waters of the West Sea of Korea and, at the same time, tying to stage the large-scale DPRK-targeted war maneuvers in collusion with foreign forces while resorting to the unheard-of anti-DPRK psychological warfare. But this is a foolish act just as banging their heads on a rock and will negatively affect the development of inter-Korean relations and the revitalization of the Kaesong Industrial Zone.

The head of the north side delegation charged that the ill-boding hostile moves of the south side are being pushed forward according to the carefully worked out scenario.

He solemnly clarified the resolute will and fixed stand of the army and people of the DPRK to mercilessly wipe out all hostile forces including anti-DPRK confrontation maniacs and traitors keen to stifle the DPRK politically and by force of arms.

Discussed at the talks were issues related to the implementation of "the agreement on military guarantee for passage, communications and customs clearance in the areas under the north-south control in the east and west sea regions" which was adopted according to the historic October 4 declaration.

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