DPRK official media blasts South Korea for confrontation policy

10:15, December 13, 2009      

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The official Rodong Sinmun dailyon Saturday accused South Korea of continuing a hostile policy against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), warning of a "decisive decision" on inter-Korean relations.

The DPRK has employed a series of measures to improve inter-Korean relations, but "the South Korean authorities took a very disappointing attitude," said a commentary carried by the newspaper.

The commentary blamed the South Korean approach, which claimed that relations with the North cannot be bettered until its nuclear issues are settled. The commentary said that such an attitude was an "insult" to the DPRK's good will.

The article also fired a rhetorical volley at Hyon In Thaek, minister of Unification of South Korea, saying that "Hyon and his group" were "deliberately standing in the way of improving the north-south relations."

It added that the DPRK values improvement of its relations with South Korea, but would not ask for that.

The commentary was the first on inter-Korean relations by the official newspaper since August when the relationship between the two sides began to thaw.

The DPRK reached a cooperative five-point agreement with the South Korean Hyundai Group in August after its chairwoman visited Pyongyang.

Later that month, a special delegation from the DPRK visited Seoul to mourn the death of South Korean ex-President Kim Dae Jung. The delegation went at the behest of the DPRK's top leader Kim Jong Il.

At that time, the Rodong Sinmun newspaper praised the move for showing good will from the DPRK in improving North-South relations.

Source: Xinhua
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