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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

DPRK warns against South Korea's "theory of retaliation"

May 25 -- South Korea has been accused of engaging in a "theory of retaliation" and risking war in an editorial Tuesday by KCNA, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) official news agency.

South Korea has accused the DPRK of sinking its warship, the Cheonan, in March, and President Lee Myung-bak has called for sanctions against Pyongyang.

The KCNA editorial said Lee's proposal was based on retaliation and warned the South Korean moves would put the Korean Peninsula on the verge of war.

The editorial said the "theory of retaliation" was aimed at creating international pressure against the DPRK.

Taking advantage of the Cheonan incident, South Korea was giving momentum to strengthening the alliance against the DPRK, the military alliance in particular, it said.

 The fact that the United States and South Korea discussed jointly staging large-scale anti-submarine maneuvers in the West Sea later this year showed the real intention of the "theory of retaliation" was to prepare for aggression against the DPRK, the editorial said.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Monday demanded an apology from the DPRK and said his country would resort to measures of self defense in case of further military provocation by the north.

The Cheonan, a 1,200-ton warship with 104 crew members on board, sank on March 26 after an explosion, killing 46 sailors.

South Korea released the results of an investigation on May 20, accusing the DPRK of sinking the Cheonan in a torpedo attack.

However, the DPRK firmly denied the charges and insists on sending its own inspectors to verify the evidence.

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