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(LEAD) N. Korean committee calls for end to U.S. domination in S.K.

2017/10/06 22:35

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(ATTN: ADDS Pyongyang's response to U.S. anti-terrorism drive in last two paras)

SEOUL, Oct. 6 (Yonhap) -- A North Korean committee called Friday for an end to the seven-decade U.S. domination of South Korea since the Korean War, the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

The National Peace Committee of Korea blasted the 64-year-old South Korea-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) as an "aggressive and traitorous war document" that has allowed U.S. forces to control the South Korean army and to continue joint military operations, according to the KCNA.

The committee called SOFA the "symbol of the U.S. military occupation of South Korea" and said that "the defense treaty has reduced South Korea into advanced base for a nuclear war" among other things, the KCNA said.

The South Korean people cannot evade the tragedy of a nuclear war as long as the U.S. military occupation of South Korea continues, given that the three-year Korean War ended in a ceasefire in 1953, not a peace treaty, it said.

Meanwhile, in a recent United Nations General Assembly session, North Korean representatives argued the U.S. "war on terror" is a new form of aggression aimed at regime change in countries that are not favorable to the U.S.

North Korea was listed as a state sponsor of terrorism from January 1988 until 2008. Twelve senators -- six Democrats and six Republicans -- have recently asked the State Department to add North Korea to the list of state sponsors of terror at the request of Otto Warmbier's parents. The American student died in June just six days after being released from the North.

kyongae.choi@yna.co.kr

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