February 28, 2024

By KIM TONG-HYUNG (Related Press)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean chief Kim Jong Un stated his nation would now not pursue reconciliation with South Korea and known as for rewriting the North’s structure to remove the thought of shared statehood between the war-divided international locations, state media stated Tuesday.

The historic step to discard a decades-long pursuit of unification, which was based mostly on a way of nationwide homogeneity shared by each Koreas, comes amid heightened tensions the place the tempo of each Kim’s weapons growth and the South’s navy workout routines with the US have intensified in a tit-for-tat.

North Korea additionally abolished the important thing authorities companies that had been tasked with managing relations with South Korea in a choice made throughout a gathering of the nation’s rubber-stamp parliament on Monday, the North’s official Korean Central Information Company stated.

The Supreme Individuals’s Meeting stated the 2 Koreas are locked in an “acute confrontation” and that it will be a critical mistake for the North to treat the South as a companion in diplomacy.

“The Committee for the Peaceable Reunification of the Nation, the Nationwide Financial Cooperation Bureau and the (Diamond Mountain) Worldwide Tourism Administration, instruments which existed for (North-South) dialogue, negotiations and cooperation, are abolished,” the meeting stated in a press release.

Throughout a speech on the meeting, Kim blamed South Korea and the US for elevating tensions within the area, citing their expanded joint navy workout routines, deployments of U.S. strategic navy property, and their trilateral safety cooperation with Japan as turning the Korean Peninsula right into a harmful war-risk zone, KCNA stated.

Kim stated it has turn out to be not possible for the North to pursue reconciliation and a peaceable reunification with the South, which he described as “top-class stooges” of outdoor powers obsessive about confrontational maneuvers.

He known as for the meeting to rewrite the North’s structure to outline South Korea because the North’s “main foe and invariable principal enemy.”

He additionally ordered the removing of previous symbols of inter-Korean reconciliation, to “fully remove such ideas as ‘reunification,’ ‘reconciliation’ and ‘fellow countrymen’ from the nationwide historical past of our republic.”

He particularly demanded slicing off cross-border railway sections and tearing down a monument in Pyongyang honoring a pursuit for reunification, which Kim described as an eyesore.

“It’s the remaining conclusion drawn from the bitter historical past of the inter-Korean relations that we can’t go alongside the highway of nationwide restoration and reunification collectively,” he stated.

Kim had made comparable remarks throughout a year-end ruling get together assembly, saying ties between the Koreas have turn out to be “fastened into the relations between two states hostile to one another.” At a political convention final week, he outlined South Korea because the North’s “principal enemy” and threatened to annihilate it if provoked.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol throughout a Cupboard assembly in Seoul stated Kim’s feedback present the “anti-national and anti-historical” nature of the federal government in Pyongyang. Yoon stated the South was sustaining agency protection readiness and would punish the North “a number of occasions onerous” if it provokes it.

“(The North)’s faux peace tactic that threatened us to decide on between ‘conflict’ and ‘peace’ now not works,” Yoon stated.

In his speech on the meeting, Kim reiterated that the North has no intention to unilaterally begin a conflict, however has no intentions to keep away from one both. Citing his rising navy nuclear program, he stated a nuclear battle within the Korean Peninsula would finish South Korea’s existence and produce “unimaginable catastrophe and defeat to the US.”

The meeting stated North Korea’s authorities would take “sensible measures” to implement the choice to abolish the companies dealing with dialogue and cooperation with the South.

The Nationwide Committee for Peaceable Reunification has been North Korea’s major company dealing with inter-Korean affairs since its institution in 1961.

The Nationwide Financial Cooperation Bureau and the Diamond Mountain Worldwide Tourism Administration had been set to deal with joint financial and tourism initiatives between the Koreas throughout a quick interval of reconciliation within the 2000s.

Such initiatives, together with a collectively operated manufacturing unit park within the North Korean border city of Kaesong and South Korean excursions to the North’s Diamond Mountain resort, have been halted for years as relations between the rivals worsened over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

These actions are at present banned underneath U.N. Safety Council resolutions in opposition to the North which have tightened since 2016 as Kim accelerated his nuclear and missile exams.

Kim has additional vowed to broaden his nuclear arsenal and severed nearly all cooperation with the South. He has dialed up his weapons demonstrations to a file tempo because the begin of 2022, utilizing the distraction created by Russia’s conflict on Ukraine to broaden his navy capabilities.

There’s additionally rising worldwide concern over an alleged arms cooperation deal between North Korea and Russia. The US and South Korea say North Korea has offered Russia with arms, together with artillery and missiles, to assist its combat in Ukraine.


AP journalist Jiwon Tune contributed to this report.