Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Appeal from Korean Committee For Solidarity with the World People

Appeal from Korean Committee For Solidarity with the World People

Wed, June 9, 2010

Dear friends,

Warm greetings from the Korean Committee for Solidarity with the World People!

We are sending this letter on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the June 15 north-south joint declaration.

As you know well, the June 15 joint declaration adopted on June 15, 2000, has opened a wide avenue of dialogue, reconciliation, visit and cooperation based on the idea of “By our nation itself”. This helped to remove distrust and misunderstanding between the north and south and dynamically promote reconciliation and unity.

“By our nation itself” has become the spirit of the times and the nationwide patriotic idea for reunification in the course of the powerful movement for national reunification under the banner of the June 15 joint declaration and, thereby, the fellow countrymen in the north and the south are firmly convinced that they are not different nations that stand in confrontation, being distrusted but one and the same nation which should get reconciled and united.

The adoption of the October 4 declaration in 2007, the program for implementing the June 15 joint declaration, provided the guidelines for the Korean nation to usher in the new era of independent reunification, peace and prosperity, giving a fresh impetus to the efforts for the development of inter-Korean relations, peace on the Korean Peninsula and the common prosperity of the nation.

10 years history of the reunification movement clearly proves that only when the north and south respect and faithfully fulfill the declarations on the basis of the spirit of “By our nation itself”, the north-south relationship can make the great advance to the reunification in accordance with the benefit of the nation and can provide the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula.

However, after the ultra-right conservatives assumed office in January 2008, everything was overturned.

From the very first day Lee Myung Bak group drove the north-south relations to total catastrophe.

Claiming that the joint declarations their predecessors had adopted with the north were “null and void” and that they were “not obliged to implement them,” they demanded “comprehensive review” of the declarations, and insisted that national reunification could never be achieved in the June 15 way.

Openly clamouring that “reunification under the free democratic system” of south Korean style is the “ultimate goal for reunification,” they are making frantic attempts to delete the words supporting the declarations between the south and the north of Korea from the documents of international conferences.

As soon as he took office, Lee Myung Bak attempted to abolish the Ministry of Unification, which had existed for decades; when this met strong opposition of various circles, he greatly reduced its functions and authority. To make matters worse, he appointed ultra-right, anti-reunification conservatives as its staff, and recently appointed a man who had drawn up the plan of abolishing the Ministry of Unification as its chief.

As a result, the ministry of Unification, which has to oversee the work related with national reunification, has become the “Ministry of Confrontation” fanning up antagonism and confrontation within the nation.

In disregard of the agreement between the north and the south on refraining from slandering each other and interfering in each other’s internal affairs, misinformation campaign against the north, like leaflet scattering, is openly encouraged in south Korea; worse still, the theory of “preemptive strike” is advocated.

The anti-DPRK confrontation clamor of Lee Myung Bak’s group is getting more dangerous step with the case of the puppet navy’s warship sinking.

The puppet military gangsters have staged bombardment and depth-bomb dropping exercises in the waters of the West Sea of Korea from May 27 with mobilization of 10 warships of different types, including destroyers and patrol craft, and antisubmarine patrol planes while crying out for “military demonstration” and “military counteraction” under the scenario of confrontation worked out by traitor Lee Myung Bak. And they are illegally infiltrating groups of warships into the territorial waters of the DPRK every day to get on the nerves of the DPRK.

Meanwhile, the group is hell-bent on spying on the military objects of the DPRK by mobilizing U-s and other strategic and tactical reconnaissance planes of various types after raising the anti-DRPK watch posture to the phase on the eve of war. It is also seeking to resume the anti-DPRK smear psychological warfare in the frontline areas through scattering of leaflets and by means of electronic displays and loudspeakers.

The group has planned to zealously join the U.S. led aggressive “PSI” and thus stage the extremely provocative “intercepting drill” aimed to put sea blockade against the DPRK and search at random its vessels on voyage in open seas.

Such confrontation and war moves conducted by the Lee Myung Bak group of traitors in conspiracy with the U.S. are a downright military blackmail and an intolerable challenge to the DPRK.

At present the Korean Peninsula has been driven to the touch-and-go situation, in which a war sinking the group of traitors fabricated to defile the DPRK’s dignity and do harm to and stifle the fellow countrymen.

It is not hard to predict what consequences such military provocations and saber-rattling in the West Sea of Korea will entail since there were several skirmishes between the north and the south due to the south Korean puppet military warmonger’s provocation and the recent warship sinking case occurred in those waters.

Eventually, after Lee Myung Bak took office, the confrontation between the north and the south is getting more serious as time advances, and the inter-Korean relations went back to the state before the June 15 ear; the situation came to such a pass that there is neither a way out fro saving it nor any hope for straightening it out.

In fact, the division of Korea was not caused by any conflict or antagonism within the nation. It was divided owing to the interests of the United States and other foreign forces after the Second World War, and it is the just the US that constitutes the main obstacle in the way of its reunification even today.

Proceeding from this fact is the conclusion that the north and the south should become one, and pool their efforts to achieve national reunification.

Out of this, the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration Oct 4 Declaration, which reflect the ideal of “by our nation itself,” were adopted.

Such moves are an outright treachery acts against June 15 joint declaration and October 4 declaration which the north and the south have solemnly committed , and the criminal maneuvers which trying to stamp out the achievement of June 15 and to reconstruct the era of confrontation between the north and south.

The current situation requires that all the Korean people unite closely and launch a nation-wide struggle to safeguard the successes achieved in the era of the June 15 reunification and smash all the challenges of the south Korean authorities to incite the national confrontation in collaboration with the outside forces.

All the Korean people in the north, south and abroad will resolutely smash all the maneuvers of the south Korean conservative forces who are denying the declarations and agreements agreed between the north and south, blocking the development of north-south relation and throwing cold water on the national desire for the reunification.

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the June 15 joint declaration, we express our conviction that you who have always been giving deep concern to the situation of the Korean peninsula and extending the active encouragement and support for the independent and peaceful reunification of Korea, would conduct the multifarious activities to support the just cause of the Korean people.

With regards,

Dermot Hudson