DPRK media urges S. Korea to change "confrontation policy"
A leading newspaper of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Saturday urged South Korea to change its "confrontation policy" and improve north-south relations as soon as possible, Xinhua reported.
In a commentary, Rodong Sinmun said the South Korean authorities had carried out anti-DPRK policy, strengthened military power and constantly held various military exercises.
Such policy not only blocked the north-south dialogue and negotiations but also further accelerated the tension on the peninsula, blocking the improvement of the north-south relations, said the commentary.
In order to achieve national unification and ease up tension on the peninsula, the confrontation and distrust between the two sides must be changed into relations of trust and reconciliation immediately, said the commentary.
It warned that an atmosphere of trust and reconciliation will not be created and dialogue and negotiations to improve relations will not be realized if South Korea continues its anti-DPRK policy.
The north-south preliminary military talks, held from Feb. 8 to 9, failed to make breakthrough.
South Korea and the United States are expected to launch joint military exercises from late February to early March, a move that will complicate the situation on the Korean Peninsula again.