PYONGYANG, October 14 (Itar-Tass) — The agreement signed between Washington and Seoul on increase of range and weight of South Korean missiles "indicates their intention to provoke a war with North Korea and to invade its territory," a governmental newspaper the Mindju Chosun said in an article published on Sunday.
In its opinion, all recent assurances from the U.S. administration that there are no hostile intentions towards North Korea "turned out to be a false intrigue with the purpose to mislead the public opinion both in the United States and abroad."
In fact, the Mindju Chosun writes, the U.S. "has never abandoned the plan of force pressure on the DPRK." The so-called Missile Declaration published in Seoul, proves once again Washington's intention "to aggravate to the utmost the situation on the Korean peninsula under a false pretext of a "threat from the North." And here, the U.S. uses South Korea" to implement its hostile policy towards the People's Republic," the article reads.
Under these circumstances, the newspaper said, North Korea "following the interests of self-defence will step up its military deterrent force." "The army and people of the Republic are ready to wipe off the earth American imperialists and South Korean puppets and to begin the great war for reunification of the motherland," Mindju Chosun emphasises.
Within next five years, the Republic of Korea /RK/ will deploy missiles with a range of 550 to 800 kilometres. This decision of official Seoul followed the announcement on October 7 of the agreements between the US and South Korea, where the range of RK’s ballistic missiles may grow from 300 to 800 kilometres and the weight of warheads may grow, too. RK can now develop missiles capable of covering the entire territory of the DPRK.
The U.S. and North Korea are technically still at war since 1953, where an agreement on armistice at the end of the three-year Korean War was signed. Washington rejected Pyongyang’s invitation to sign a peace treaty, and keeps in southern Korean Peninsula about 28 thousand soldiers.