Friday, February 28, 2014

Halt to US-South Korean Joint Military Exercises Demanded

Halt to US-S. Korean Joint Military Exercises

Pyongyang, February 27 (KCNA) -- The European Regional Headquarters of the Pan-national Alliance for Korea's Reunification and the Society for Cooperation among Koreans in Germany issued a joint statement on February 24 under the title of "Stop at once the joint military exercises leading the situation on Korean Peninsula to the brink of war".

The statement said that positive measures were taken for defending security and peace of the nation and the reunion of separated families and relatives was under way thanks to the recent peace-loving efforts of the DPRK.

It noted:
But the south Korean authorities kicked off Key Resolve to be followed by Foal Eagle joint military maneuvers, chilling the good atmosphere between the north and the south.

The above-said military maneuvers are drills for a nuclear war against the DPRK.

It condemned the U.S. for staging large-scale war exercises on the Korean peninsula each year according to the nuclear war scenario while decreasing the scale of the military exercises in other regions of the world after the end of the Cold War.

It said that all Koreans would never allow the confrontation and war hysteria of warmongers but turn out in actions to check and foil it resolutely.

The statement demanded the U.S. and the south Korean authorities immediately halt Key Resolve and Foal Eagle.

Stop to Joint Military Drills against DPRK Urged

Pyongyang, February 27 (KCNA) -- Koreans in Japan waged a protest action outside the U.S. embassy in Tokyo on Feb. 24 in demand of the halt to the joint military exercises against the north, according to Minjok Sibo, a newspaper of overseas Koreans published in Japan.

They included Son Hyong Gun, chairman of the Federation of South Koreans in Japan for Democracy and Unification (Hanthongryon), Mun Se Hyon, chairman of the south Korean Youth League in Japan, Kim Ji Yong, chairperson of the South Korean Democratic Women's Society in Japan, and Jo Yong Hwa, chairperson of the South Korean Students Federation in Japan.

The chairman of Hanthongryon read out a written protest.

The written protest denounced the U.S. for kicking off Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises that day, defying the public opinions at home and abroad aspiring after peace against war.

It noted:
The U.S. is describing them as "defensive drills", but it is as clear as noonday that the drills are aimed to invade the north.

The military exercises kicked off by the U.S. when the reunion of separated families and relatives was under way are little short of throwing a wet blanket over the atmosphere of peace on the Korean peninsula.

The military drills are most likely to go over to an all-out war, a nuclear war due to an accidental conflict by leading the tensions on the peninsula to an extreme phase.

The U.S., seeking hegemony in Asia, is trying hard to build the U.S.-Japan-south Korea triangular military alliance. Taking advantage of this development, Japan is watching for a chance of military advance to the peninsula.

The situation is getting deteriorated owing to the U.S. hard-line policy, the written protest said, urging the U.S. to immediately stop the war drills against the north, withdraw its forces from south Korea and discontinue the moves for building the triangular military alliance.

Halt to Joint Military Drills Demanded in S. Korea

Pyongyang, February 27 (KCNA) -- The People for Achieving Peace and
Reunification of south Korea held the 144th meeting for peace and disarmament outside the Defense Ministry on Tuesday in demand of a halt to the large-scale war drills, according to the south Korean internet paper Jaju Minbo.

Speakers denounced the U.S. and south Korean authorities for kicking off the north-targeted joint military drills.

They branded them as acts of chilling the atmosphere of inter-Korean dialogue and reconciliation.

The war drills are ones for nuclear attack, not "annual defensive ones" as they are pursuant to the "tailored deterrence strategy", they said.

They demanded an immediate halt to the joint military drills increasing the danger of a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula.

They stressed the need to ensure peace through dialogue, not by confrontation and war.

Joint Military Drills Termed as Challenge to to Improving Korean Relations

Pyongyang, February 27 (KCNA) -- Five joint organizations of south Korea including the Missionary Solidarity Council of Christian Society held a press conference on Feb. 24 demanding an immediate halt to Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military drills, according to the south Korean CBS.

The organizations said the above-said drills started at a time when the reunion of separated families and relatives from the north and the south was under way were a serious challenge to the peace on the Korean peninsula and the process to improve the inter-Korean relations.

Large-Scale Anti-"Government" Actions Held in S. Korea

Pyongyang, February 27 (KCNA) -- Large-scale anti-"government" actions took place across south Korea including Seoul, Taejon, Ulsan, Pusan, North and South Kyongsang, North and South Chungchong, North and South Jolla and Jeju provinces on February 25 with the attendance of at least 200,000 people of all social strata, according to the south Korean internet newspaper Thongil News.

More than 40,000 people attended the rally held at the plaza of the Seoul City Office.

The participants said that the one-year office of the present regime witnessed the days which led to breach of commitments, destitution of people's livelihood and obliteration of democracy, adding that people from all walks of life, including workers, peasants, the poor, merchants, students and women, are turning out in the actions, unable to remain a passive onlooker to this.

The chairperson of the Public Healthcare Trade Union, speaking at the rally, condemned the present regime for pushing ahead with its policy of privatizing healthcare institutions by deceiving the people.

The acting chairperson of the Railway Trade Union expressed the will to meet the demands of workers through actions, saying the regime is resorting to the privatization of the railways.

The executive chairperson of the Measure Committee to Denounce the Intelligence Service's Fabrication of Plotted Rebellion and Suppression under the Pretext of Security criticized the authorities of declaring those involved in the election rigging not guilty and those related to the case of the plotted rebellion guilty with no evidence.

The permanent co-representative of the Solidarity for Abolishing the Discrimination of the Disabled Persons vented his rage on the regime's deceptive policy for welfare.

Then a resolution was read out.

The resolution said that they will continue their actions against the illegal election rigging of the power organs and the moves to stamp out democracy.

It noted that they will become more vocal urging the resignation of the chief executive in case the authorities fail to accept the demand of the people.

At the end of the rally, the participants staged a demonstration.

They gathered at the plaza of the city office again and held a candlelight rally.

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