The Panmunjom Mission of the (North)Korean "People's" Army issued today(via KCNA) the following statement, resp. DECLARATION OF WAR(*):
The U.S. imperialists and the south Korean warmongers finally kicked off Ulji Freedom Guardian joint military exercises for aggression, defying strong public protest and denunciation at home and abroad.
They do not hide that the exercises are pursuant to "an actual war scenario" targeted against the DPRK.
Huge troops of the U.S. imperialist aggression forces and the south Korean puppet army have already set up positions in and around south Korea.
Even military personnel of those countries which took part in the last Korean war under the UN helmet are involved in the drills.
The war drills in the wake of the disclosure of the hideous state-sponsored and politically-motivated terrorism against the DPRK prove that the U.S. is the harasser of peace and provoker of a war in the new century that upsets the stability on the Korean Peninsula.
The south Korean puppet regime and other allies that are taking part in the U.S.-led saber-rattling are just poor stooges little different from sacrifice to their master.
The Panmunjom Mission of the Korean People's Army clarifies as follows with a touch-and-go situation prevailing on the Korean Peninsula:
1. The joint military drills of the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet regime are the most undisguised and serious final-phase violation of the Korean Armistice Agreement (AA).
Paragraphs of the AA specify an unconditional halt to all arms buildup, large-scale military exercises and military provocations against the other side.
The armistice state that had been barely maintained in the unstable form of neither war nor peace by the peace-loving efforts of the DPRK has now turned into a catastrophic phase beyond control.
Now that the armistice state has been wantonly violated, the army and people of the DPRK state to the world that they have the right to do whatever they should do any time, not bound to the AA any longer.
All the actions of the army and people of the DPRK, not bound to the AA, will become merciless exercises of unpredictable and unimaginable physical strength.
2. The on-going joint military drills are a vicious challenge and violation of the peace on the Korean Peninsula.
We love and value peace. (^^)
But now that the enemies are set to harass peace on the Korean Peninsula and encroach upon the inviolable sovereignty of the DPRK by force of arms, the option to be taken by its army and people can not but be an indiscriminate counteraction.
As it has become clearer that the nation's sovereignty and peace which are more valuable than one's own life can be guaranteed only by arms, the army and people of the DPRK will take physical counteraction any moment, unhindered, to safeguard its sovereignty and peace.
3. The joint military drills are intolerable actions going against the Koreans' desire and wish for national reconciliation, unity and reunification.
It is the unanimous desire of all the Koreans to achieve the independent and peaceful reunification of the country through the national reconciliation and cooperation and by their concerted efforts under the banner of "By our nation itself".
Now that the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet regime counter the nation's cherished historic desire with military provocation, the DPRK can not but take the resolve to use force to defend the nation's reconciliation and unity and head for reunification.
The army of the DPRK has already finished the preparations to remove the root cause of all evils that stand in the way of the nation's reconciliation and unity by use of force for self-defence .
The situation shows that nothing has changed in the U.S. war policy of antagonizing the DPRK and only the great war of reunification remains to be done to settle accounts with them by the use of merciless arms.
The war for reunification to be waged by the DPRK will not end in armistice.
What remains to be done now is to wage a merciless sacred war for wiping out the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet forces to the last man and reunifying the country to win a great, admirable victory.
The army and people of the DPRK will never miss the golden opportunity for waging a great war for reunification but achieve the cause of national reunification without fail, in hearty response to the militant order given by Supreme Commander Kim Jong Un during his inspection of the biggest hotspot area in the southernmost part of the southwestern front for defending the country on August 17.
* Well, hopefully it's just a cheap joke!!
☞ S. Korea to hit back harder at N.K. attacks (K. Herald/Yonhap, 8.21)