12 May 2013, 14:45

Pyongyang says USS Nimitz arrival to S.Korea ‘provocation’

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The arrival of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz to South Korea is ‘a serious military provocation’, the official Korean Central News Agency says quoting a statement released by the North`s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea.

The statement adds that “the risk of a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula has increased amid US-South Korean military drills”.

The naval exercises are scheduled to take place off South Korean eastern coast on May 13-14.


Pyongyang calls South Korean President's US trip prelude to War

North Korea has called the South Korean President's recent visit to the United States a "prelude to war," Yonhap reported on Friday citing North Korean media sources.

"It is a curtain-raiser to a dangerous war to invade" a North Korean official was cited as saying, Yonhap reported.

South Korea's President Park Geun-hye took office in February, and the visit to the United States was her first official foreign trip as President.

North Korea was a key point on the agenda for her meetings with US President Barack Obama, given the worrying escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula following the isolated state's third nuclear test in February.

After meeting with President Park, President Obama said "The days when North Korea could create a crisis and elicit concessions, those days are over."

President Park voiced South Korea's position that North Korea had "no choice but to change."

Earlier this week reports emerged that two North Korean mid-range missiles, reportedly prepared for launch last month had been withdrawn from their coastal positions.

This, combined with reports that Pyongyang had lifted its highest combat alert for its armed forces, led to media speculation that a change in mood may be afoot in North Korea.

However, this most recent bellicose rhetoric on the issue of President Park's US trip does little to allay concerns over tensions on the Korean peninsula.

N. Korea slams 'master-servant' Obama-Park summit

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye's recent summit with Barack Obama was a "despicable" meeting of servant and master, North Korea said Friday in its first reaction to the talks in Washington.

In a highly personal warning, a spokesman for the state body responsible for inter-Korean ties said Park would do well to remember the "miserable end" met by her pro-US father, the late dictator Park Chung-Hee.

Park Chung-Hee, who ruled South Korea with an iron fist from 1961-79, was assassinated by his national intelligence chief.

Park's May 6-9 trip to the United States, which included a summit with the US president, was widely viewed as a success, with the two leaders united in a vow of offering no concessions in dealing with Pyongyang.

Park also addressed a joint session of the US Congress on Wednesday, stressing that North Korea had to give up its nuclear weapons while also proposing small peace steps after months of sky-high tensions.

But the spokesman for the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea dismissed the visit as a "junket" and a "despicable sycophantic trip to please her master... and tighten the nexus against" North Korea.

Park's "arrogant" remarks would only escalate inter-Korean tensions, he said, adding that the presidential summit was a "curtain-raiser" for an eventual invasion of North Korea.

The spokesman did not comment on Park's proposal for an international peace park inside the Demilitarised Zone that separates the two Koreas.

The North, angered by UN sanctions sparked by its nuclear test in February and joint South-US military drills, has stoked tensions for months with blistering threats of nuclear war against Seoul and Washington.

But friction has appeared to ebb in the past week, with a US defence official saying that North Korea has moved two medium-range missiles off their launch sites.

In a separate statement, a spokesman for the North's foreign ministry focused on Obama, saying US provocation was behind the recent crisis on the peninsula, despite Obama's efforts to demonise North Korea as the aggressor.

The spokesman specifically cited the use of nuclear-capable US stealth bombers during the joint exercises with South Korea.

"No matter how hard the US president tries to cover up his sophism with rhetoric, he can neither change it into truth nor pull the wool over the eyes of the awakened people of the world," the spokesman said.

Voice of Russia, AFP, RIA, Interfax

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