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5th DPRK-US Colonel-level Military Working Contact Made

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

Pyongyang, September 16 (KCNA) -- The fifth round of the DPRK-U.S. senior colonel-level military working contact was made in Panmunjom Thursday.

At the contact the DPRK side pointed out that there took place four rounds of the contact for probing the truth behind the "Cheonan" case but the solution to the issue has been delayed entirely due to the unjust stand and attitude of the U.S. forces side.

It went on to say: The U.S. forces side has been engrossed in perfidious acts, making a mockery of its dialogue partner; it unilaterally submitted such false information as the "UN Command's report on the results of special investigation" to the UNSC, persistently and groundlessly linking the "Cheonan" case with the DPRK, while having military contacts under an agreement reached between the DPRK and the U.S. to probe the truth about the case. It egged the puppet group on to distribute even a final report on the results of the investigation full of doubts.

The U.S. forces side, at the same time, staged DPRK-targeted joint military exercises under various codenames and put into force "additional sanctions" against it under the pretext of the "Cheonan" case, deliberately laying hurdles in the way of settling the issue.

It is standing in the way of settling the "Cheonan" case for fear of the disclosure of the inside story about of the charade orchestrated by it.

The more deliberately the U.S. links the "Cheonan" case with the DPRK, the stronger its army and people will become in their stand to roundly probe the truth about the case in the eyes of the world, the DPRK side stated, re-clarifying its stand to probe the truth about the case to the last.

At the contact both sides held a consultation on the U.S. side's examination of the proposal for forming the DPRK-U.S. joint inspection group advanced by the DPRK side at the forth round of the DPRK-U.S. senior colonel-level military working contact.

The proposal is a fair and aboveboard and a landmark one as it reflects the will of the army and people of the DPRK to make a scientific and objective probe into the truth behind the case and thus defuse the present military tension and confrontation on the Korean Peninsula.

But the U.S. forces side did not want to move the consultation ahead while pitting absurd and far-fetched assertions against the above-said proposal.

The DPRK side advanced a broad-minded proposal to name the inspection group, define the rank of its head of each side and fix the number of the members of the group, etc. to the convenience of each side and start the investigation as early as possible, prompted by its unshakable stand and will to probe the truth behind the case to the last.

Finding no words to say, the U.S. forces side was compelled to utter that it would examine it and clarify its stand at the next round of the contact.

Both sides agreed to make the sixth round of the contact in Panmunjom on around Sept. 28.

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