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N.K. media urges South to push for inter-Korean cooperation independently of U.S.

North Korea 15:15 April 26, 2019

SEOUL, April 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korean propaganda outlets called on South Korea on Friday to deal with inter-Korean issues free from intervention by the United States, accusing Washington of hindering cross-border cooperation.

The North's media has made a series of such appeals in recent months, as joint projects agreed between the two sides have made little headway amid a lack of progress in denuclearization negotiations between the North and the U.S.

Leader Kim Jong-un has also urged Seoul to voice its own opinions to move inter-Korean cooperation forward.

Stressing that Seoul's stance and attitude are "crucial in implementing the Panmunjom Declaration," Uriminjokkiri, a propaganda website, urged the South "not to vacillate ... or mind others."

The declaration, signed between President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on April 27, 2018, during their first summit, calls for joint efforts for the complete denuclearization of the Koran Peninsula and for fostering exchanges and cooperation between the two Koreas.

In a separate article, the media outlet claimed that the U.S. has been sabotaging the improvement of inter-Korean ties and warned that toadyism and dependence on foreign powers "will paralyze the spirit and the power of self-reliance."

"If we resort to the unified power of our people, any outside sanctions, pressures, challenges or ordeals cannot stand in our way toward prosperity," it said.

Meari, another propaganda website, carried a similar article, criticizing military ties between Seoul and Washington and calling on Seoul to stop buying weapons from the U.S.

A day earlier, the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country lambasted the Seoul-Washington joint air force drills underway in the South since earlier this week for a two-week run.

Though the allies have said that joint exercises are defensive in nature, Pyongyang has claimed they are nothing but rehearsals for invasion.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) and his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un shake hands across the military demarcation line prior to Kim's crossing into the South for talks at the Peace House of the truce village of Panmunjom on April 27, 2018. (Yonhap)

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