United States engineer the deadly shelling of South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island,
just to provide a pretext for a more direct confrontation with North Korea?
According to this editorial roundup from North Korea's government-run Korean
Central News Agency, the South Korean government is a mere puppet of
Washington, traitorously planning attacks on their fellow Koreans.
Pyongyang: The shelling of Yeonpyeong
Island committed by south Korea was a blatant challenge to the desire of the Korean
and other peoples for detente and peace on the Korean Peninsula. It was, at the
same time, a dangerous provocation aimed at aggravating the situation. On Saturday,
leading [North Korean] newspapers carried comments on this.
[Editor’s Note: The North
Korean controlled press does not capitalize the "S" in South Korea, implying
that it is not an independent nation].
"The shelling conducted
by south Korea was deliberate and planned, for the purpose of preserving the "Northern Limit Line,"
and prepare a location for the launching of an invasion close to DPRK territory,"
said Rodong Sinmun.
"The shelling revealed
the intention of the Lee Myung-bak regime to recover after the disgraceful
setback it suffered from its previous provocation, to preserve its policy of
confrontation with fellow countrymen and to weather the worsening crisis within
its ruling circle," the Rodong Sinmun news analyst added.
The commentary blames the U.S.
for egging south Korea into yet another shelling of the DPRK near Yeonpyeong
"By sparking a military
clash on the peninsula and pushing the situation to extremes, the U.S. imperialist
warmongers seek to resolve the issue of the [U.S. Marine's] Futenma Air
Station and quiet south Koreans who are critical of the U.S.-south Korea "Free
Trade Agreement." Furthermore, the U.S. seeks to retain a tight grip on
south Korea, exercise greater influence over Northeast Asia and recover from setbacks
in their standoff with the DPRK over the nuclear issue," the newspaper
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"The U.S. should be
cursed by Koreans and all other peace-loving peoples, since to achieve its aim of
aggression and plunder, it is posing a grave threat to peace on the
peninsula. South Korea is equally to blame for its reckless activity. Working
as a war stooge for the U.S., it may very well bring upon all Koreans a nuclear
disaster," the commentary said.
A commentary of [government
mouthpiece] Minju Choson said that the recent Yeonpyeong Island shelling
was a deliberate military provocation committed by south Korea at the behest of
its American master. It added that it was designed to help the south recover
from the setback it sustained during the previous shelling, and use the DPRK counterstrike
as a pretext for igniting a war against it.
"The reckless actions of
the Lee Myung-bak group will precipitate its own destruction," the
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