Senior DPRK researcher slams S. Korea for introducing U.S. jet fighters

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-11 16:19:05|Editor: Wu Qin
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PYONGYANG, July 11 (Xinhua) -- A government researcher of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) slammed South Korea on Thursday for planning to introduce two F-35A stealth fighters from the United States this month.

The delivery of such an "invisible lethal weapon" was aimed at securing military supremacy over the neighboring countries in the region and especially at opening a "gate" to invading the North during an emergency on the Korean Peninsula, the policy research director at the Institute for American Studies of the DPRK's Foreign Ministry was quoted by the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) as saying.

South Korean authorities have thus challenged head-on the "military agreement to implement the Panmunjom Declaration" which expressly stipulates that the build-up of armed forces against the other side should be completely stopped, the unnamed director said in a press statement.

According to the KCNA report, South Korean authorities would harm the compatriots at a time "when a positive atmosphere is created on the Korean Peninsula thanks to the historic DPRK-U.S. summit meeting in Panmunjom" late last month.

The delivery "would prove to be an extremely dangerous action which will trigger our reaction and increase the military tension on the Korean Peninsula," the KCNA quoted the director as saying.

Inter-Korean relations have no prospects as long as South Korea depends on outside forces, it added.

"We, on our part, have no other choice but to develop and test the special armaments to completely destroy the lethal weapons reinforced in South Korea," the director said.

In March 2014, South Korea decided to purchase 40 F-35A stealth fighters for their deployment by 2021 at a cost of 7.4 trillion won (about 6.5 billion U.S. dollars). The first two were delivered this March to South Korea.