The following article is from the DPRK’s Korean Central News Agency:
Pyongyang, May 30 (KCNA) — A Pyongyang mass meeting was held at Kim Il Sung Square on Sunday to denounce the U.S. imperialists and the Lee Myung Bak group of traitors for their smear campaign against the DPRK and the moves to escalate confrontation with it.
Present there were Choe Thae Bok, Kim Ki Nam, Yang Hyong Sop and officials of party and power organs, public organizations, ministries and national institutions and officials of organs at different levels, industrial establishments and farms, working people from all walks of life and youth and students in the city of Pyongyang, more than 100,000 all told.
Choe Yong Rim, chief secretary of the Pyongyang City Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, said in his report at the meeting that the inter-Korean relations have been driven into total collapse and a touch-and-go situation, in which a war may break out any moment, is prevailing in the Korean Peninsula due to unprecedented anti-DPRK moves and smear campaign escalated by the south Korean puppet warmongers in collusion with the U.S. and Japanese aggressors.
The case of south Korea’s warship sinking is an unpardonable treacherous and anti-reunification crime as it was the hideous charade and farce cooked up by the Lee Myung Bak group of traitors in collusion with the U.S. imperialists from A to Z, he pointed out.
He further said:
The Lee group of traitors linked the case with the DPRK. This is a conspiratorial plot intended to tide over the serious ruling crisis caused by the total failure of the group’s domestic and foreign policies, turn the “elections to local self-governing bodies” favorable for it and thus maintain its fascist rule and push the inter-Korean relations into catastrophe. Therefore, it is no more than the last-ditch efforts of those driven to death.
The puppet group of traitors is now concocting a despicable scenario over the case of the warship sinking to save itself from the crisis, but it is a foolish attempt.
The recent case, invented by the puppet group of traitors, has been carried out under the patronage and instigation of the U.S. imperialists from the beginning. This is part of their vicious moves to isolate and stifle the DPRK and a grave challenge to its dignity and sovereignty.
We will react with rapid retaliatory strike, mercilessly strong physical strike if the puppet group of traitors shows any slightest sign of “punishment” and “retaliation” in collusion with foreign forces while crying out for “confrontation”.
If the puppet clique of south Korea finally provokes a war despite our repeated warnings, we will decisively wipe out traitor Lee Myung Bak and his group and build a great prosperous and reunified country for the entire nation in Korea.
We will never pardon the U.S. and Japanese aggressors and their followers who attempt to provoke the DPRK, daring slander its supreme dignity, but give a merciless and resolute punishment to the die-hard warmongers challenging justice and truth of mankind.
Speeches were made at the meeting by representatives from different walks of life.