NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 62 (July 9, 2009) |
*** NEWS IN BRIEF (Part 2)
North Korea Says Future of Joint Park Depends on South Korea
SEOUL (Yonhap) -- North Korea on July 2 denounced South Korea's "confrontational" policies and said the future of their joint industrial complex will entirely depend on Seoul's attitude, a warning that came after cross-border talks ended without progress.
The two sides failed to narrow differences over the joint park in the North's border town of Kaesong earlier of the day. Pyongyang insisted on rent hikes and refused to discuss a detained South Korean worker, Seoul officials said.
"Our side emphasized that we naturally come to ask whether the South intends to continue the working-level contact or not, as it talks about 'dialogue' and 'sincerity' in front of us, but then with its back to us, behaves in a way that inspires confrontation," Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
The statement laid out a string of what it said were examples of such behavior. They included the South Korean government's vow to strictly enforce new U.N. Security Council sanctions against the North and a policy initiative called "Denuclearization, Openness, 3000" that offers economic incentives in return for disarmament.
North Korea also criticized South Korea's attitude at the talks as "rude and insincere," saying Seoul rejected Pyongyang's proposals and raised "issues that have nothing to do with the agenda."
Japan Urged to Scrap Anti-Pyongyang Policy
SEOUL (Yonhap) - North Korea on July 4 called on Japan to drop its hostile policy toward the socialist state, saying such a policy has heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula.
Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso said in a speech in Tokyo on June 30 that the international community needs to put "strong pressure" on North Korea to persuade its socialist country to abandon its nuclear weapons program. He also said Japan will work to implement the U.N. Security Council's resolution punishing North Korea for its recent missile and nuclear weapons test.
"Japan is entirely to blame for having pushed the situation on the Korean Peninsula to the present dangerous phase," Minju Joson, newspaper of the North Korean Cabinet, said in a signed article.
Calling Japan "a sworn enemy," the newspaper said Japan's anti-Pyongyang policy is touching off bitter hatred against Japan among the North Korean people and reinforcing their determination to settle accounts with Japan "at the cost of their blood."
"The Japanese reactionaries would be well advised to roll back at once their illegal hostile policy toward the DPRK," it said, using the abbreviation for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's official name.
N. Korea Calls for New International Financial Order
SEOUL (Yonhap) - North Korea vowed in a U.N. meeting last month that it will "positively join in global efforts to establish a new international financial and economic order in the future," state media reported on July 5.
The pledge was made by an unnamed North Korean delegate to the U.N. meeting on the international financial and economic crisis and its impact on development held on June 29, the North's Korean Central Broadcasting Station (KCBS) said.
With regard to the meeting's adoption of a proposal calling for the U.N.'s increased role in reforming the international financial system and setting up new international policies on the global economy, the North Korean delegate said the proposed measure is not enough to alleviate the worldwide financial crisis.
He dismissed it as the only first step in reforming the international financial system and driving the development of the world economy, the KCBS said.
Developing countries are the hardest hit by the world financial crisis that originated from the U.S. last year, the official emphasized.
But he positively rated U.N.'s efforts to find the cause of the international financial problem and its solution through reform, the report said.
"The only way of weathering the present worldwide financial and economic crisis is to do away with the outdated international economic order and establish a new international economic order whereby the sovereignty and interests of all countries are guaranteed on an equal basis," the North Korean was quoted as saying by Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency the same day.
N. Korea Blasts U.S. for 'State-Sponsored Terrorism'
SEOUL (Yonhap) - North Korea has reiterated its opposition to all forms of terrorism and any support for it but blasted the anti-terror war by the United States in the Middle East as "state-sponsored terrorism," state media said on July 6.
"It is a consistent stand of the government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) to resolutely oppose all forms of terrorism and any support for it," the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported an unnamed delegate of the country as saying in a recent U.N. meeting.
The official was quoted as saying during the meeting of the Special Committee on International Terrorism held on June 29 that infringement upon sovereign states and extreme human rights abuses are being justified under the pretext of "war on terrorism."
The delegate blasted the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as "typical of state-sponsored terrorism and hideous human rights abuses," according to the KCNA. He then claimed "all forms of struggle against terrorism should be waged in conformity with the objectives and principles of the U.N. Charter and international law under any circumstances."
"What is most important for finally eradicating the root cause of terrorism is to ensure the independent development and equality of all countries and nations," he went on saying.
"To this end it is necessary to establish a new international order based on mutual respect, equality, friendship and cooperation whereby all countries and nations may fully exercise their rights to independently live and develop," he stressed.