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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 268 (June 27, 2013)

All Headlines 10:42 June 27, 2013

*** TOPIC OF THE WEEK (Part 2)

North Korea Steps up Propaganda Offensives on Korean War Anniversary

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- North Korea has stepped up its propaganda efforts to blame the United States as the starter of the three-year Korean War in 1950 with the June 25 anniversary of the outbreak of the three-year conflict approaching in an apparent move to bolster its strategic policy of pursuing economic construction and nuclear arms buildup simultaneously and to press the U.S. to comply with its persistent call to discuss the introduction of a peace regime in the Korean Peninsula.

On June 21, Rodong Sinmun, the organ of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK), denounced the U.S. of misleading the truth by falsely accusing North Korea that it provoked the Korean War.

The paper claimed the U.S. imperialists had made precise preparations to provoke a war (against North Korea) since it landed in South Korea in September 1945 as part of its ambition to dominate the whole Korea.

The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) claimed in a commentary on June 20 that the Korean War is a northward invasion by the U.S.

On June 23, Rodong Sinmun again accused Washington of starting the 1950-53 Korean War and called the superpower a "criminal" for discarding the Armistice Agreement that halted the conflict. It also said Washington is the "real culprit" behind the current nuclear crisis.

The daily, which effectively reflects the views of the communist country's leadership, claimed that the joint military exercises carried out around the Korean Peninsula by South Korea, the United States and Japan are all aimed at waging war against Pyongyang. It said Washington's hostile policy stance against the North is the root cause behind peace and stability being threatened in the region.

It added that while the communist country recently proposed high-level talks with the United States to resolve outstanding differences, Washington has only responded by calling on the North to first show its resolve on denuclearization and halt provocations.

On the eve of the June 25 anniversary, North Korea's History Society released a memorandum that the KCNA said disclosed the "true colors of the U.S. imperialists as provokers of the Korean War with the approach of the 60th anniversary of the victory in the great Fatherland Liberation War."

"The U.S. is the chieftain of aggression as it sparked the inter-Korean confrontation and fratricidal war in Korea," the memorandum said. It added that, "After the Second World War, (the U.S.) occupied South Korea, pursuant to its criminal policy for invading the whole of Korea and dominating the world. It divided the Korean nation into two parts, escalating confrontation between the Koreans and imposing all sorts of misfortunes and sufferings upon them."

North Korea also held a series of massive rallies attended by citizens, soldiers, farmers and workers, and various commemorative events to promote its propaganda for the "month of anti-U.S. joint struggle" from June 25 through July 27, when the Korean War Armistice was signed in 1953.

North Korea arranged a trip to the truce village of Panmunjom for the military attaches corps in Pyongyang. The military attaches also were invited to a movie screening event where they watched a documentary film titled "Provokers of the Korean War."

On June 25 a mass rally took place at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang with the senior party, state officials and foreign diplomats in attendance. Among them were Premier Pak Pong-ju; WPK secretaries Kim Ki-nam, Choe Thae-bok and Kim Yang-gon; and Yang Hyong-sop, the vice president of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium.

During the rally speakers said that the U.S. imperialists ignited the Korean War for the sinister purpose of stifling the DPRK (North Korea) and dominating the world, adding that they hurled into it huge armed forces for aggression, the South Korean puppet army and troops of their 15 satellite countries, reducing everything of this land to ashes and committing the most barbaric and inhumane crimes in the world history of wars, according to the KCNA.

They further said that the history and situation go to prove that the U.S. imperialists were provokers of the Korean War and are the root cause of all the misfortunes and sufferings of the Korean nation and that they are the sworn enemy of the Koreans.

They called for resolutely smashing the reckless war moves of the U.S. imperialists and South Korean puppet group against the DPRK and achieving a final victory in the all-out confrontation with the U.S. and the drive for building a thriving socialist nation by pursuing simultaneous building of economic and nuclear capabilities.

The rally was followed by a mammoth demonstration. There were similar rallies in major North Korean cities and provinces.

It has been an annual event for North Korea to accuse the U.S. around June 25 of starting the Korean War but the propaganda offensives this year will likely be much more intense than previous years, North Korea watchers in Seoul said.

While accusing the U.S. as the starter of the Korean War, North Korea called for a permanent peace arrangement to replace the cease-fire armistice on June 25, which marks the 63rd anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.

Rodong Sinmun said in a front-page editorial that it is of the utmost importance that every effort is made to remove the nuclear threat posed by the United States. It said such a step can be taken if a lasting, peace regime is created.

Because the war ended in an Armistice Agreement, the two Koreas are still technically at war.

The calls made by the daily effectively reflect long-standing views of the country's leadership, which have demanded the signing of a peace treaty.

The report monitored in Seoul stressed the U.S. must halt all military exercises and desist from future hostile activities. It added that South Korea must respect promises made at the first and second bilateral summit talks by leaders of the two countries in 2000 and 2007.

The paper, meanwhile, argued that as long as Washington and Seoul continue to maintain their present belligerent policies toward Pyongyang, the country has no choice but to adhere to its plan of simultaneously pushing forward economic construction and the building of its nuclear force.

In a separate article, the paper said that all people must never forget the Korean conflict and realize that the U.S. will never change, and that any calls for North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons are aimed at removing Washington's main obstacle in meeting its "endless greed and ambition."

The North has persistently maintained that the United States started the three-year war that devastated the peninsula.

North Korea seems to want to stress the situation on the Korean Peninsula is still in a state of uneasiness and is likely to push ahead with its previous logic that a peace agreement should be concluded. When it proposed high-level talks with the United States on June 16, North Korea included the transfer of the armistice to a peace treaty in the agenda of the talks, experts said.
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