Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, DPRK, newspaper Rodong Sinmun slammed South Korea’s proposal for military negotiations on Thursday, calling the request “absurd.”
On Monday, South Korean authorities proposed military talks with the DPRK. If accepted, the meetings would mark the first high-level meeting on the Korean peninsula since December 2015.
“Talks and cooperation between the two Koreas to ease tension and bring about peace on the Korean peninsula will be instrumental for pushing forth a mutual, virtuous cycle for inter-Korea relations and North Korea's nuclear problem," South Korea’s Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said at a news briefing.
Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the country’s Worker's Party, said that such talks are unlikely while hostile policies are maintained against Pyongyang, Sputnik reported.
“South Korean authorities do what the United States and their conservative associates want, demonstrating an absurd and stubborn approach,” the newspaper noted.
The editorial emphasized that South Korean authorities routinely ignore “demonstrations of good faith” expressed by the DPRK “to improve relations between the two Koreas based on the principle of national independence.”
It also called into question Seoul's cynical position of using the “pretext” of resolving the nuclear issue while simultaneously abusing “pressure of sanctions against the DPRK.”
The editorial indicates that the “mandatory condition for opening doors of reconciliation and unification between the two Koreas” are based on an end to all confrontation and hostilities fostered within South Korea and concocted by Washington.
Despite the informative, South Korean officials do not consider the publication to be an official response from Pyongyang.