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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

North Korea scraps all accords with South

Fri, 30 Jan 2009 07:46:06 GMT | PressTV

North Korean leader
Kim Jong Il (centre)
posing with soldiers
North Korea has said it is scrapping all political and military deals with South, accusing Seoul of pushing relations to the brink of war.

"The confrontation between the north and the south in the political and military fields has been put to such extremes that inter-Korean relations have reached the brink of a war," North Korea's central news agency quoted the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea as saying on Friday.

"There is neither way to improve (relations) nor hope to bring them on track," it added

The statement also noted that all political and military agreements would be nullified, including one covering their Yellow Sea border.

The two countries' navies fought bloody skirmishes in the area of the de facto border in 1999 and 2002.

Pyongyang refuses to recognize the Northern Limit Line, a sea border drawn unilaterally by US-led United Nations forces after the 1950-1953 war. The two states are still technically at war because their three-year conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

The statement has further raised tensions after months of icy relations. The developments come two weeks after the North's army threatened an "all-out confrontational posture" against Seoul.

South Korea stepped up border monitoring following the threats but said no unusual activities had been detected.

The North have stepped up verbal attacks on the administration of South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak, who has adopted a strict policy toward the Pyongyang on its nuclear issue.

Lee has also rolled back the engagement policy of his liberal predecessors and says he would review the pacts reached with North at summits in 2000 and 2007.

"The group of traitors has already reduced all the agreements reached between the north and the south in the past to dead documents," said the statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency.

North says it will keep its nuclear weapons as long as the US and its allies in the region don't change their hostile attitude toward Pyongyang.

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