DPRK state media blames U.S. for fanning arms race

13:19, June 17, 2010      

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The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Wednesday criticized the United States for high military expenditures which it said have triggered a global arms race.

The state media described the United States as an "arch criminal" that had disturbed peace and stability by collaborating with South Korea in launching an anti-submarine exercise in the West Sea of Korea.

The KCNA commentary linked U.S. involvement in the investigation of the sinking of the corvette Cheonan with the geo-political interests the United States seeks in the Asia-Pacific region.

The United States took the situation on the Korean peninsula as an opportunity for maintaining an unchallenged position in the region and for tiding over its catastrophic economic crisis, the commentary said.

As Northeast Asia is a very sensitive region, an all-out war, including nuclear warfare, may be easily caused by any slight accident, the KCNA said.

According to the news agency, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said that U.S. military spending was the highest in the world in 2009 despite the global financial crisis.

Source: Xinhua


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