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N. Korea Warns Seoul Not to Join NMD

Monday, 14 May 2001 12:00 AM

The North's state-run press also accused the South of stepping up arms build-ups and defining the North as its "principal enemy."

"The South Korean authorities' reckless arms build-up pursuant to the U.S. bellicose elements' hostile policy towards the Democratic People's Republic of (North) Korea is pushing the improving North-South relations and situation on the Korean peninsula to a grave phase," the Rodong Shinmun newspaper said.

"If the South Korean authorities get involved in the (U.S.) MD (missile defense system), persistently pursuing the policy of military confrontation and escalating tensions in violation of the joint (summit) declaration, they will get nothing but ruin and death," the organ of the ruling Workers' Party warned.

The two Koreas held the first-ever summit in June last year in which leaders agreed to work together for reconciliation and cooperation.

Rodong Shinmun said South Korea was also seeking to purchase new fighters, attack helicopters, destroyers and missiles under its mid-term national defense program. "They are even going to take part in the U.S. moves for the establishment of the missile defense system targeted against the DPRK," the newspaper said.

Pyongyang's warning came after this week's visit to Seoul by senior U.S. officials to discuss President George W. Bush's plans to build a defense against missile attack by what Washington calls "rogue nations," including North Korea.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage traveled South Korea May 9-10, on a tour of Asia aimed at winning supports for the missile shield plans.

South Korea has neither supported nor rejected the missile plans, saying that the United States should closely consult its allies before pushing through with the controversial plan.

Seoul has refrained from showing support for the missile defense proposal, fearing setbacks to fledgling reconciliation with North Korea. The North has blasted the missile plans as a "scheme aimed at establishing military domination over the world," calling on the South to form a united front against the United States, which is "escalating its campaign for confrontation to strain the situation on the Korean peninsula."

In Seoul, some 100 civic activists and college students staged rallies to protest against the U.S. plans for missile defense. "The aim of Armitage's visit is to twist South Korea's arm to get it to be involved in the U.S. missile defense system," the Korean Federation for the Environmental Movement said.

Some protesters pelted Armitage's car with eggs, chanting "Yankees go home" and waving anti-NMD banners. South Korea is a close ally of the United States and host to 37,000 U.S. troops.

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