Pyongyang, May 24 (KCNA) -- The Ministry of the People's Armed Forces of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK sent a notice to the south side's military authorities on May 21, proposing holding a working-level contact for opening the north-south military authorities' talks.
It was the proposal of the Korean People's Army to ensure durable
peace and security on the Korean peninsula at an early date, true to the
noble intention of the Workers' Party of Korea to solve all the issues
through dialogue and negotiations such as practical step for defusing
military tension and the danger of clash between the north and the
However, the south side's military authorities are giving impression
that the situation on the peninsula remains tense due to the
self-defensive measure taken by the DPRK including the step for
bolstering the nuclear force and spreading such absurd assertion that
the DPRK's proposal for dialogue is aimed to weaken international
cooperation for "sanctions against the north" and create "discord in the
south", far from actively responding to the broadminded proposal. They
are even making such provocative remarks that "precedence should be
given to denuclearization", chilling the desire of all Koreans to open a
broad avenue to the improvement of inter-Korean relations through
national reconciliation and unity.
The service personnel and people of the DPRK remain unchanged in
their will to settle the present catastrophic inter-Korean relations
through dialogue and negotiations, not by military standoff and clash.
For this reason the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces of the
DPRK sent again the following notice to the south side's military
The purpose of the military authorities' talks is not to call in
question what is the principal reason for creating the military tensions
on the Korean peninsula and who is to blame for them.
The opening of the inter-Korean military authorities' talks reflects
all Koreans' expectation and desire for immediate discussion and
solution to pressing issues such as the danger of military clashes along
the Military Demarcation Line and in the hotspot of the West Sea which
may spark physical confrontation right now.
A spark of clash is bound to spill over to a war between the north
and the south and it is the Korean nation who will fall victim to it.
Nothing can be a prerequisite or excuse for denying dialogue and shunning negotiations, the best way of settling all issues.
To refuse to meet, misusing an important issue decisive of the rise
and fall of the Korean nation for achieving an absurd political purpose,
is nothing but a far-fetched assertion that convinces no one.
The DPRK remains unchanged in its stand to hold a working-level
contact for opening the north-south military authorities' talks late in
May or early in June.
The south Korean authorities should immediately respond to the
DPRK's proposal for ensuring peace of the country and security of the
nation by deescalating the acute military tensions between the north and
the south. -0-