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Challengers to DPRK Will Never Be Pardoned: CPRK Spokesman
|Pyongyang, April 27 (KCNA) -- The spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea released a statement on Sunday assailing U.S. President Obama's tour of south Korea from April 25 to 26.|
The statement said: Due to the tragedy of sinking of a ferry the whole land of south Korea looks like a mourner's house. Had Obama have even an iota of ethics and morality, he should have postponed or shelved his trip. The American master and his servant staged the farce of insulting, threatening and blackmailing the DPRK during the former's criminal tour of south Korea utterly indifferent to the sorrow of south Koreans. This was entirely to serve the purpose of collusion and conspiracy in their campaign against the DPRK.
What Park did before Obama this time reminds one of an indiscreet girl who earnestly begs a gangster to beat someone or a capricious whore who asks her fancy man to do harm to other person while providing sex to him.
Through her ugly behavior Park answered with a war the question put by the DPRK if she wants peaceful reunification based on the inter-Korean reconciliation or a war through the confrontation of the social systems, and fully revealed that her policy of "confidence- building process" is just the same policy of confrontation as that pursued by traitor Lee Myung Bak. She, at the same time, declared before the whole world her intention to drive the situation to the worst catastrophe through the confrontation with the DPRK to the last in utter disregard of the north-south relations.
She fully met the demands of her master for aggression, keeping mum about the nukes of the U.S. and desperately finding fault with fellow countrymen in the north over their nukes. She thus laid bare her despicable true colors as a wicked sycophant and traitor, a dirty comfort woman for the U.S. and despicable prostitute selling off the nation.
She visited together with Obama even the "south Korea-U.S. combined forces command" for the first time as a puppet chief executive and went off confrontation hysteria, crying out for "deterrence against the north" and "resolutely countering provocation from it." She even donned a dress unfit for the atmosphere of the mourner's house in the wake of the big tragedy and embarrassedly flattered Obama in a bid to please him, sparking off uproar.
The anti-DPRK charade staged by Obama and his servant became a laughing stock of world people as it was nothing but an odd burlesque rare to be found in the world.
The outcome of Obama's south Korean junket clearly proved that the DPRK was entirely just when it judged and determined that it should counter the U.S., the sworn enemy, by force only, not just talking, and should finally settle accounts with it through an all-out nuclear showdown. This, at the same time, only hardens the will and resolution of the DPRK to keep to the road chosen by it. Park's true colors and ulterior motive were brought to daylight.
There is no remedy for Park and there is nothing to expect from her as far as the inter-Korean relations are concerned as long as she remains a boss of Chongwadae.
She is steeped in sycophancy and treachery and confrontation with compatriots in the north. Her preoccupation is to realize the dream of confrontation of the social systems.
Genes remain unchanged. Needless to say, her present behavior suggests that her fate will be just the same as that of her father Park Chung Hee who met a miserable death after being forsaken by his master and public while crying out for "unification by prevailing over communism" and "unification by stamping out communism".
The DPRK will never pardon anyone who dares challenge its dignity, social system and its line of simultaneously developing the two fronts, the statement warned.
Obama went along with South Korean pleas not to do away with the Combined Forces Command that puts South Korean forces under U.S. control in case of war.
Bechtol strongly disputes the notion that the CFC would place a U.S. general in command of South Korean troops. Rather, he tells me, “In wartime the U.S. general is in control or all troops” – but “not command.” Indeed, he says, “The U.S. commander of CFC is no more in command” of South Korean troops “than the NATO commander is in command of UK troops or Dutch troops.”
“Any other system would be a substitute that would be unlikely to be as streamlined, transparent and efficient,” he writes in an email to me. He predicts, after military leaders get down to specific talks on the CFC, that “perhaps the two nations will now go to a ‘condition-based’ criteria” for doing away with CFC “rather than simply setting a date that everything will change.”
It was against this background that South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye and President Obama visited the command center for joint operations in what Yonhap described as “a symbolic move underscoring their unity in deterring North Korea.”
That sortie went virtually unnoticed by the flock of U.S. correspondents covering Obama’s Asian odyssey, but as Yonhap notes it was “the first time for the leaders of South Korea and the U.S. to make a joint visit” to CFC since its was set up 36 years ago. While there they were briefed on how prepared are North and South Korea to counter North Korean attack.
This is a tragedy wrapped in human cultural tragedy of families who have endured a tragic and avoidable loss striking out at everyone. Rescue? From what I have seen as a military diver, the ROKN (ROK Navy) SEALS and ROKSWC (ROK Special Warfare Command) Special Forces Combat Divers have conducted the initial rescue and then the current recovery operation beyond all human, commercial, and military expectations.I had one summer (every season is summer in Panama) of every young military and combat diver’s dream: Reader’s Digest version: a Russian ship collided with a Greek freighter in the Panama Canal – the Greek ship sank partially in the channel. A-15 which was the 3/7 Scuba team (and we were the Combat Diver Qualification Course (CDQC) Instructors – there were two CDQC schools back then), was immediately alerted by the Panama Canal Authority (US territory back then) to respond.It would take a week to get the professionals from Europe assembled we were told. So, we immediately made the plan to cut that large freighter deck by deck, platform by platform, section by section, and the Canal Zone’s Atlas (largest floating crane in the world at that time) would lift each deck, section, or platform up and deposit it out of the channel for later disposal. By the time the professionals got there, we had the Panama Canal channel open. All it cost the US government Canal Zone Authority was per diem, bunkers and endless pallets of C-4, a luxurious (to us) villa near the site, unlimited topside support in the day, and alcohol in the evenings.A non-diver and most sport divers do not realize the nightmare and danger filled puzzle which is a sunken ship. We all had much bravado topside, but inside silt filled corridors where up is down, down can be up, starboard could be port, and ZERO visibility – often lights make it worse because the silt reflects light back at one – it demands a steely composure, near insane bushido composure. There were times when one’s tether would get hung up, or it was impossible to tether in snaking corridors, right angle rooms, and jagged objects and sharp metal that could and did cut thru one’s wet suit and flesh – just think what it could do to the air lines and subsurface life support gear. There were times in zero visibility deep inside jagged obstructed corridors that one continued the mission just out of team and personal pride, every part of the normal human part of one would scream “go back”.And that Canal sea state was relatively calm and a child’s playground compared to the sea state near Jindo. I can only imagine the far worse state of silt inside the ferry in those fierce surface and subsurface conditions near Jindo. Undoubtedly, there is zero visibility as soon as one enters the ferry. And that is some of the worse sea state and currents of the entire West coast – which itself is notoriously bad.And in the Panama Canal channel, we had little tidal concerns, but there on the West coast open seas of Korea one has diurnal (4 tides a day, high high, low high, low low, high low) tides up to 40 feet! The huge and frequent tidal fluctuation effects everything one does, when one can do it, and how long one can continue doing it. And those extreme tides greatly add to the hazards and horrendous diving conditions inside the ship.Tethers? Just like us, there will be many parts of the Ferry where one will be untethered, confused of up and down, and port and starboard, broken jagged obstructions, etc – one studies, plans, and memorizes routes, and we all know the euphemism about the first shot or the first report in combat. These ROKN and ROKSWC divers have been Superman competent and dedicated beyond all highest expectations.The skill and dedication of the topside support also impresses me. This is about the worse surface conditions one can get along the coast with the weather, winds, treacherous currents, high underwater rocks, and the aforementioned tides.The criticism of the rescue mission – undeserved and truly sad.
President Park:North Korea’s pursuit of two goals at once -- on nuclear arsenals and economic development -- are incompatible. DPRK must realize that. And therefore,to lay the groundwork for peaceful unification in the Korean Peninsula, I explained to President Obama my initiative for peaceful unification presented in Dresden last month. In December 2012, as President Obama mentioned himself, residents of both North and South Korea will eventually become free citizens of an integrated country.Peaceful unification in the Korean Peninsula will provide new economic opportunities to its neighboring countries and allies, and contribute to promote global peace and stability.Though the North Korea regime rejects the initiative I proposed in Dresden, my proposal will assure minimal level of value of life to be enjoyed by North Koreans and recover common sense of identity between North and South Koreans. With that principle in mind, we will pursue the initiative.
President Obama:With regard to North Korea, the United States and South Korea stand shoulder-to-shoulder both in the face of Pyongyang’s provocations and in our refusal to accept a nuclear North Korea. Threats will get North Korea nothing other than greater isolation. And we’re united on the steps Pyongyang needs to take, including abandoning their nuclear weapons and ballistic weapons programs and living up to their international obligations.Of course, we’re also deeply concerned about the suffering of the North Korean people, and the United States and South Korea are working together to advance accountability for the serious human rights violations being committed by the North.I mentioned to President Park that the United States supports the Korean people’s desire for unification, and I share President Park’s vision -- as you outlined, Madam President, in your recent speech in Dresden -- of “a unified Korea that’s free from the fear of war and nuclear weapons.” It’s a vision of a unified Korea where people throughout this peninsula enjoy the political and economic freedoms that exist here in the South.
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