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Open Questionnaire of the Policy Department of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK

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

Pyongyang, February 2 (KCNA) -- The Policy Department of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Thursday issued the following open questionnaire to the south Korean authorities.

The south Korean puppet group is crying out for resuming north-south dialogue and mending ties from the outset of the new year.

Lately it has so gone shameless as to urge the DPRK to come out for contact at an early date, saying it keeps the door of dialogue open.

It went the lengths of warning that the north should not miss the window of opportunity and time has come for it to respond.

Behind the scene, the group has been keen on discussing the schedule for Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises targeted against the DPRK and hatching whole gamut of anti-DPRK confrontation plots, claiming that it can not give up the fundamentals of the theory of adherence to the principle.

What should not be overlooked is that it is abetted by its American master who keeps asserting that the improvement of the north-south relations should precede and "sincerity" of the north as for the dismantlement of nuclear program should be confirmed before anything else.

Under the prevailing situation the Policy Department of the DPRK NDC solemnly urges the Lee Myung Bak group of traitors to clearly answer following open questions reflecting the will of the army and people of the DPRK as the group loudly trumpets about resumption of north-south dialogue and improvement of relations.

1. Is the south Korean group ready to deeply repent of its heinous crimes concerning the great loss to the Korean nation and make apologies for them?

Fresh in the memory of the army and people of the DPRK are crimes committed by the Lee group when the nation was grieving over the great loss to it.

The Lee group only took the lead in hurting the people in the DPRK when the nation and other people of the world were sharing the biggest grief.

The DPRK's announcement that it would never deal with the south Korean authorities was attributable to the group's hideous wrongdoings.

Far from drawing a proper lesson from its wrongdoings, the group mocked at the army and people who shed tears of grief and sorrow and dared to fabricate a lie concerning the passing of general secretary Kim Jong Il, thus adding to its crimes in its anti-DPRK smear campaign.

Can the DPRK sit with hooligans intent on sordid acts unimaginable by human brain, betes noires bereft of any intellectual awareness and elementary ethics and morality?

National dialogue and contact can bear expected fruit only when they are based on humanity.

The south Korean authorities should punish traitor Lee and his riff-raffs in the name of the nation if they truly hope for resuming dialogue and contact with the DPRK and improving relations with it. They should admit their crimes and apologize with the feelings of deep remorse and also give assurances that they would never try to hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK and do harm to its sacred system and single-minded unity.

2. Do the authorities have an intention to make public at home and abroad their willingness to implement the historic June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration, its practical program?

The two historic declarations were a patriotic heritage left by Kim Jong Il, matchless patriot and outstanding leader of the nation. They constitute an undying programme for national reunification.

Stand and attitude to the declarations are a touchstone distinguishing patriotism from treachery and reunification from division.

It is exactly the Lee group which marred overnight the historical achievements of national reconciliation, peace and prosperity that were brought about by the declarations, denying their truth.

Even at this moment traitor Lee is thinking about realizing "no nukes, opening and 3 000 dollars", oft-repeating "theory of principle", scenario for confrontation, being holed up in Chongwadae.

We would like to question if they think we can sit with the group of traitors keen on obstructing what nation wants to do and laying stumbling blocks only in the way of reunification while pushing the north-south relations to an uncontrollable catastrophe?

Genuine dialogue and contact are guaranteed by implementation of the two historic declarations, gains common to the nation.

If the south Korean authorities truly stand for holding dialogue and mended ties, they should ostracize the Lee group as it made up its mind to deny and scrap the two declarations. They should push under the carpet the "theory of principle" and "no nukes, opening and 3,000 dollars", a product of confrontation with fellow countrymen, and make public internally and externally their willingness to implement the two declarations under any circumstances.

3. Can Lee group promise the world it can no longer hurt the DPRK over "Cheonan" warship case and Yonphyong Island shelling incident?

The frayed north-south ties are attributable to the Lee group which deliberately linked the "Cheonan" warship sinking case with the DPRK and shifted the blame for Yonphyong Island shelling incident on to the DPRK as part of its escalated campaign for confrontation with the DPRK.

The army and people of the DPRK clarified more than once the truth regarding the case enough to be understandable by the Lee group by means of an open letter worked out by the inspection group of the National Defence Commission.

Not only broad south Koreans but big powers including the U.S. are becoming increasingly assertive in branding the story of "north's involvement" in "Cheonan" case as a sheer fabrication of the Lee group.

Even Donald Gregg, former U.S. ambassador in Seoul, who brags his knowledge of south Korea said in an official appearance that he does not count on the "story of the north's involvement in the warship sinking case."

But Lee group, basing itself on lies, is abusing the "Cheonan" case in hurting the fellow countrymen in the north.

As for Yonphyong Island shelling incident, it occurred as the puppet military warmongers fired into the territorial waters of the DPRK side first in an attempt to maintain the bogus "northern limit line", defying the repeated warnings of its army.

The group should have drawn a due lesson from the cross-fire.

But the Lee group is reviling the DPRK's self-defensive step as a "military provocation", reminding one of a thief crying "Stop the thief!"

It seems to have come to the knowledge of the incoherence between the two incidents touted by it as it now talks about discussing the matters at the dialogue.

Do the army and people of the DPRK really have to sit face to face with these brazen-faced villains, who master in orchestrating the farce?

If the south Korean authorities so much want dialogue and contact, they should apologize to the nation for having kicked up anti-DPRK racket while peddling the "story of the north's involvement" in the warship case and for having branded the DPRK's self-defensive measure as a "military provocation". They should promise before the world they would punish those responsible for the farce and stop the evil habit of groundlessly hurting others.

4. Can the south Korean authorities make a policy decision to stop big joint military exercises targeted against the DPRK?

The big joint military exercises the Lee group has staged in and around south Korea in collusion with the U.S. imperialists are without exception aggression war moves aimed to militarily blackmail and stifle the DPRK.

War and dialogue are incompatible.

It does not make sense to sit face to face with enemy carrying a dagger by the belt and talk about peace.

If the group has a true willingness to hold dialogue and improve relations, it should drop the dagger and create favorable atmosphere, to begin with.

This was the reason why the DPRK took the resolute measures of suspending the valuable dialogues and contacts whenever there held war exercises in and around south Korea.

Lately, the Lee group is sending puppet military warmongers to the U.S. to discuss the schedule of Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises slated for late February and signing operational plans worked out to cope with "military provocation" from the DPRK, talking about "dialogue''.

The group is paying lip-service to dialogue while whetting a sword to hurt the fellow countrymen behind the scene.

What should not be overlooked is that the group plans staging aggression war exercises at a time when the people in the DPRK still grieve over the greatest loss to the nation.

The smokescreen of dialogue and veil of improved ties are too thin, we think.

The south Korean authorities should clarify their stand at the crossroads of peace or war and dialogue or confrontation.

If they truly stand for dialogue, they should make a decision to stop all war exercises, away from the idea of flunkeyism and dependence on outsiders.

5. Are they ready to drop wrong view on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and practically work for it?

Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula encompasses the whole territory of the north and south of Korea.

The nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula cropped up as the puppet authorities and the U.S. sneaked nuclear weapons into south Korea pursuant to the U.S. clandestine nuclear policy of neither denying nor confirming.

The DPRK has more to say than the puppet authorities and the U.S. as regards the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Problem is that the Lee group is working fool to destroy the nuclear deterrent which fellow countrymen in the north have built to cope with the outsiders' nuclear threat. The group is siding with its master's call for "the north's dismantlement of nuclear program".

Explicitly speaking, the DPRK's nuclear deterrent is a just and self-defensive one to defend the nation from the U.S. nuclear threat, not a deterrent to hurt the nation.

History proves that the destiny of the country and nation can not be defended unless nukes are responded with nukes and missiles with missiles.

But for the U.S. nuclear threat, the DPRK would not have felt the need to keep even a single nuclear weapon.

However, the Lee group introduced "extended nuclear deterrence" into south Korea while becoming the first in echoing the U.S. talk about "north's dismantlement of nuclear program" and someone' s "sincerity" even though it was not aware of the meaning of the "principle of simultaneous actions."

Does the DPRK have to sit at a negotiating table with the group of traitors who threaten the fellow countrymen with the U.S. nuclear weapons, being accustomed to flunkeyism, submission and dependence on outsiders?

The south Korean authorities should have the common knowledge of the nuclear issue on the peninsula with a proper stand and do what they should do, free from the master's nuclear umbrella, before talking about dialogue.

To this end, it is necessary for them to promise the nation that it would buckle down to dismantling nuclear weapons in the south before impudently crying out for "north's dismantlement of nuclear weapons".

6. Are they going to keep vicious anti-DPRK smear psychological campaign?

Psychological campaign is, in fact, a war action.

Intensified psychological campaign may lead the acute north-south relations to the point of explosion.

The army and people of the DPRK clarified their stand to the matter more than once.

The Lee group, however, is taking lightly the DPRK's patience and countermeasures now in the making.

Since the nation faced the greatest loss, the group has mobilized not only human scum but special agents of the puppet military, escalating different kinds of psychological warfare hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK and slandering its system.

The group even dreams in vain of inducing "contingency" and "regime change".

Can the group become the dialogue partner of the DPRK?

They should stop psychological warfare and punish those involved in it and honor all the north-south military agreements that were reached in the course of implementing the historic June 15 joint declaration if they are true in their willingness for dialogue and improvement of relations.

If the Lee group persists in describing anti-DPRK psychological warfare as "civilian deed" and "people's sentiment", it would deteriorate the north-south relations. The enraged revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK may deluge the psychological centers and strongholds with fire any moment. The group should bear this deep in mind.

7. Does the group have willingness to resume and keep going north-south cooperation and exchange in the direction of promoting nation's peace, prosperity and common interests?

North-south cooperation and exchange are a nationwide undertaking for nation's common interests and prosperity.

They guarantee national reconciliation, unity, peace, prosperity and reunification.

Typical projects were Kaesong Industrial Zone and tour of Mt. Kumgang.

Traitor Lee, however, put a brake on the cooperation regarding the Kaesong Industrial Zone throughout past four years in office, saying it "benefits the north only". As for tour of Mt. Kumgang, Lee suspended it under the pretext of the death of a tourist who met death due to her own mistake.

The Lee group tried to give impression that the north-south cooperation and exchange benefited the army of the DPRK and helped it have access to nuclear deterrent.

"Probe of truth, measures for the prevention of recurrence and provision of personal safety" are pretexts cooked up by the group to drop a bar on cooperation and exchange.

The army and people of the DPRK have so far lived without cooperation and exchange with the puppet group of south Korea and they will be better off in the future without them. The DPRK also has emerged a full-fledged military power possessed of a powerful nuclear deterrent without them.

How can the Lee group ignorant of the value of exchange and cooperation become the dialogue partner of the DPRK?

The DPRK will never be taken in by a small amount of "nutritious food" for children.

The south Korean authorities should repent of having quenched the desire and wishes of the nation for exchange and cooperation, before talking about dialogue. They should voice their willingness to resume exchange and cooperation and keep them going in the direction of promoting national peace, prosperity and common interests.

8. Can the present south Korean authorities meet our principled demand for replacing the present armistice system by a peace-keeping mechanism?

It is long since the situation in Korea has already reached a war phase due to such unstable state of neither peace nor war.

The trend of this situation is attributable to the continuation of the armistice system, a leftover of the Cold War, and the existence of the belligerent relations though half a century has passed since the ceasefire.

The U.S. is entirely to blame for this fact as it has persistently worked to ignite a war of aggression against the north on the basis of its scenario for the permanent presence of its aggressor forces in south Korea in actuality, while paying lip-service to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Greater responsibility for this situation rests with the Lee group who has created the above-said phase, clinging to the coattail of its master, while getting hell-bent on sycophancy towards the U.S. and confrontation with compatriots.

It is none other than the Lee group that is busy with diplomacy aimed to get assurances from the U.S. for invariable "military assistance and security guarantee" including the permanent presence of its imperialist aggressor forces as soon as it announced its military strategy which calls for attaching importance to Asia-Pacific.

It is again traitor Lee that is obstructing by hook or by crook the DPRK-U.S. highest military contact which the former has already started for the purpose of defusing the tension on the peninsula and building a peace-keeping mechanism.

It is only Lee who is swimming against the trend of the times at a time when all Koreans are waging a struggle to frustrate reckless military provocations of the bellicose forces at home and abroad and their arms build-up, war exercises, etc. holding loft the slogan of peace against war.

If the Lee group truly stands for dialogue, it should take the lead in driving out of this land the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces, the main hurdle lying in building a peace-keeping mechanism on the peninsula, to begin with, and express the will to unconditionally respond to the DPRK's just stand to replace the present armistice system by a peace-keeping mechanism.

9. Can the south Korean authorities make a decision to abolish at once the "Security Law" and other evil laws against the nation and reunification?

SL is the most draconic law designed to suppress the independent desire of the people in the south and block the improvement of the north-south relations.

By invoking this evil law which should have been scrapped, Lee incriminates those who travel their own country and land and meet with their compatriots.

He is punishing on charge of violation of this law even those fair-minded people who visited the bier of the father of the nation and expressed sorrow over his passing.

As long as such evil laws as SL remain in force, it is impossible for the north and the south to meet for dialogue nor is it possible to achieve a substantial improvement in the relations and succeed in anything helpful to all Koreans.

What matters is that Lee lends a deaf ear to the desire and wishes of the public for the repeal of all these draconic laws.

SL is a product of the Yusin dictatorial system and a poisonous plant which should have been rooted out already long ago with the end of the Cold War.

If the south Korean authorities truly wish dialogue, they should swear before the nation that they will eliminate the Lee group keen to maintain those laws and abrogate those laws to their last vestige.

The Lee group had better stop recklessly talking about inter-Korean dialogue and the improved relations, properly understanding its position, and look back itself on whether it is entitled to be a dialogue partner.

The people of various circles in south Korea have already set this year as a "year for settling accounts" with the present puppet authorities and are becoming increasingly assertive that "they should fully settle accounts with traitor Lee and his gentries through a stern judgment," saying that they should never be allowed to step down of their own accord or "die natural deaths".

It is the demand of people of various circles in south Korea to see the group's "outdated political pattern-outdated system" abolished and "new political pattern-new system" established instead. It is the mind-set in south Korea that there should appear "a government for national reconciliation" without traitor Lee.

The situation has reached such phase that even "Grand National Party" which Lee regarded as his own house posted on Internet even an animation file showing people pulling down the ugly looking statue of the traitor, shouting "Myung Bak, go away".

It is long since his group of traitors has already been reduced to a living dead as it has gone against the trend of the times and the people's desire.

The service personnel and people of the DPRK will never deal with the Lee group forsaken by the people for the above-said crimes.

Proceeding from the stand of national independence and the stance of giving priority to the nation, all of them will achieve national reconciliation and unity and foil every move of the warmongers at home and abroad for war and glorify new 100-year history of Juche era as a history of national reunification.

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