KCNA Commentary on Double-dealing of S. Korean Military


Pyongyang, February 8 (KCNA) -- The south Korean military runs reckless in the arms buildup to mar the atmosphere of peace and stability.

After making public a "mid-term defense program" under the pretext of "coping with military threat and security change at present and those potential in the future," the south Korean military authorities are planning to spend more than 250 billion U.S. dollars for military spending - an increase of 13.6 per cent over the pervious time - under the program.

It constitutes an extremely dangerous act to swim against the desire of all the fellow countrymen for a durable and lasting peace and stability in the Korean peninsula, and an undisguised provocation against the DPRK.

The reckless act is a challenge to the historic north-south declarations that have won full support and welcome from the public at home and abroad and, at the same time, a flagrant violation of those declarations.

Last year, the north and the south committed themselves to leading the termination of military hostility in the confrontation area to the removal of the danger of war and hostility in the whole Korean peninsula and, in particular, to reducing armaments in proportion to the building of military confidence.

The south Korean authorities are obliged to ban all the acts running counter to the detente as specified in the declarations.

The military, which turned the whole of south Korea into the largest ammunition dump in the Far East under the pretext of non-existent "threat from the north", should have reduced without delay all of the lethal hardware against the fellow countrymen in the north in the present situation.

However, while trying to give a good impression that they are interested in the military detente, the south Korean military is seeking to spend huger military spending than that of the period of the tensions for arms buildup and the modernization of military hardware. They are even planning to purchase many F-35A, Global Hawk, SM-3 and other foreign military hardware.

The acts make the DPRK doubt the attitude of the south Korean military to value the trend of the present situation and to make the Korean peninsula a durable and lasting peace zone.

The military forces are describing their measures as an "act to lay a foundation for the increased self-defense capabilities", but it is nothing but double-dealing.

The military authorities never cover up the fact that their arms buildup is aimed at rounding off the system of attack on the north called "triad strike system" renamed "system of countering nuclear and weapons of mass destruction".

The reality clearly shows that the south Korean military is going to persist in the confrontation with fellow countrymen by force of arms.

Their reckless military act after the north-south agreement to end the fratricidal war incites our vigilance and causes serious concern among the public at home and abroad, and it adversely affects the development of the present situation.

Such double-dealing can never be pardoned as they are smiling a "reconciliation smile" before the DPRK but at the same time sharpening the sword of confrontation to prevent the peace from being ensured in the Korean peninsula and the region.

The south Korean military would be well advised to ponder over their acts as they may result in an undesirable thing beyond expectation.


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