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N. Korea pressures Seoul with fresh threat to accept dialogue proposal

All News 22:50 June 02, 2016

SEOUL, June 2 (Yonhap) -- North Korea again urged South Korea to accept its leader's proposal for dialogue Thursday, this time with a threat of physical retaliation.

"If the South Korean authorities respond to our just proposal for defusing tension and ensuring peace on the Korean peninsula with reckless military action, our response to them will be merciless physical option," the communist state's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) said in a statement carried by its official Korean Central News Agency.

The proposal referred to one made by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the recently held congress of the North's ruling Workers' Party, at which Kim also declared his country a nuclear weapons state.

"The army and people of the DPRK earnestly called on the South Korean authorities to tide over the prevailing difficult situation and open up a path to improving the relations through the publication of the joint statement of the DPRK government, political parties and organizations and the proposal to hold the talks between military authorities of the North and the South, pursuant to the new line and policy for national reunification set forth at the 7th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea," the statement said. DPRK stands for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"Denouncing this as an unpardonable mockery of the patriotic measure taken by the DPRK and a vicious challenge to the desire and wish of all the fellow countrymen," it added.

Seoul has dismissed the offer as a ploy to redirect international attention from its recent military provocation that included a nuclear test in January and a long-range rocket launch in the following month.

The North Korean statement came only hours after Seoul submitted to the United Nations its action plan on how to implement the latest U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang prompted by the recent military provocations.

"We already warned the South Korean authorities that if they join hands with the DPRK with an intent to solve the reunification issue first, they can be our partner but if they turn their back on us, the result will be miserable. We would like to stress that this warning is by no means an empty talk," the CPRK said in its statement.

"The South Korean authorities should clearly be aware that the physical reaction by non-peaceful way will bring us great victory in the war for reunification but miserable defeat to them," said the statement.

bdk@yna.co.kr
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