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Korean Armistice Agreement Will No Longer Exist: Rodong Sinmun

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

Pyongyang, March 7 (KCNA) -- A statement released by a spokesman for the Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army declared an important measure for totally scrapping the Korean Armistice Agreement (AA) from March 11. It has so far existed for form's sake.

On that day the planned Key Resolve joint military drills of the U.S. imperialists and their allies including south Korea will kick off to stifle the DPRK while Foal Eagle will go on.

A bylined article of Rodong Sinmun on Thursday says it is a just declaration of the toughest measure reflecting the unshakable faith of the army and people of the DPRK and their will to win a sure victory.

There has been no necessity for the AA to last for such a long period. Armistice means a temporary cease-fire, not an end of war, says the article, adding:

But the AA has lasted for 60 years. The U.S. is the mastermind of this tragedy.

It has violated and breached the AA systematically.

The AA was a transitional measure aimed to get foreign troops withdrawn from the Korean Peninsula and ensure its durable peace.

The DPRK advanced a series of principled proposals for replacing the AA with a peace treaty.

The U.S., however, refused to study and examine them in detail and shunned and denied all of them.

Lurking behind the U.S. attitude was a single scenario. It sought to preserve the state of cease-fire, claiming it is premature to conclude a peace treaty with the DPRK, and ignite a war against it, waiting for an opportunity, and occupy the whole of Korea in the end.

The U.S. has used the AA as a smokescreen to cover up its scenario to carry out its policy of aggression against the DPRK anytime and a means for justifying the provocation of a war.

It was due to the U.S. moves to breach the AA that such mechanisms as the Military Armistice Commission and the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission were dismantled long ago, completely paralyzing the supervisory and controlling functions provided by the AA.

The nuclear war maneuvers staged by the U.S. imperialists, south Korean puppet forces and their followers prove that the continued existence of the defunct AA is of no help to ensuring peace on the peninsula.

The AA will not exist a few days later, depending on the response of the enemies.

From the moment the AA becomes invalid, the army and people will be able to make a strike of justice at any target anytime as it pleases without limit, not bound to the AA.



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