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PYONGYANG, October 9 (Itar-Tass) - Pronouncements by the ministers and remarks in the conservative press of South Korea "offend the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK", says a statement issued by an official of the political department of the National Defence Committee (NDC) of the People's Republic. The statement has been published on Wednesday.
The official maintains that the South Korean regime headed by Park Geun-hye (President of the Republic of Korea) "continues to step up confrontation with compatriots in the North despite a warning on the part of the DPRK". Judging by the statement, the NDC's particular indignation is aroused by demands, addressed to Pyongyang, "to renounce nuclear weapons and carry out reforms".
The NDC official believes that such actions run counter to the accords reached at one time by the North and South, the accords which envisage renunciation of interference in the internal affairs of each other, and respect for the system of the other side. He also warned that "the people and the army of the DPRK will attentively watch the conduct of Park Geun-hye and her entourage".
On Tuesday, a representative of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army laid the blame on South Korea and the United States for the mounting tension on the Korean Peninsula.
In his view, the signing of a strategic plan for military cooperation by the US and South Korea on October 2, as well as their intention to hold military maneuvers involving the American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier "George Washignton" serve as an evidence of such a stance.
In view of that, units of the Korean People's Army received "an order vigilantly to watch their actions so as to promptly unfold combat operations in case of necessity," the General Staff representative said.