Pyongyang threatens to cut diplomatic ties with SeoulOctober 16th, 2008 - 12:26 pm ICT by IANS
Seoul, Oct 16 (DPA) Communist North Korea stepped up pressure on its southern neighbour, threatening Thursday to cut all ties with Seoul, South Korean media reported.Pyongyang reiterated its accusations that the conservative government of President Lee Myung Bak was following an aggressive policy against the North in a commentary run by the Rodong Sinmun newspaper, a North Korean government mouthpiece.
“If the group of traitors (South Korea) keep defaming its (North Korea) dignity despite repeated warnings, this will compel to make a crucial decision including total freeze of North-South relations,” Rodon Sinmun wrote.
Relations between the two Koreas have deteriorated since Lee took office in February. In contrast to his liberal predecessors, Lee embarked on a harsher course versus the regime in Pyongyang, announcing a review of planned cooperation projects and linking aid to North Korea’s cooperation in nuclear disarmament efforts.
North Korea froze high-level government dialogue in response.
Pyongyang’s latest warning shot came amid expectations of improving relations with the US. Washington removed the communist state from a terrorism blacklist after North Korea agreed to allow international inspectors to verify its nuclear weapons programme.