Bloomberg, January 30, 2009
South Korea told North Korea to stop raising tension on the Korean peninsula after the communist nation said it is scrapping all military and political agreements with the government in Seoul.
“Creating and raising tensions in South-North relations is not beneficial for the Korean peninsula, northeast Asia or for world peace,” Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Ho Nyoun said in Seoul. “We urge North Korea to return to dialogue.”
North Korea accused South Korea of pursuing confrontational policies that are pushing the two nations to “the brink of war,” according to a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency today.
The North Korean announcement comes less than two weeks after it threatened “strong military steps” in response to South Korea’s confrontational policies and about two months after North Korea imposed border restrictions with South Korea.
North Korea also said it is canceling an Agreement on Reconciliation, Non-Aggression, Cooperation and Exchange with South Korea and nullified the military boundary in the West Sea.
“All the agreed points concerning the issue of putting an end to the political and military confrontation between the north and south will be nullified,” the reunification committee in Pyongyang said, according to the official news agency.
Kim Jong Il’s regime has repeatedly called South Korean President Lee Myung Bak a “traitor” and a “sycophant to the U.S.” It has demanded South Korea stop civic groups from launching balloons loaded with so-called propaganda leaflets criticizing Kim.