The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) newspaper warned that South Korea must “behave with discretion” following an anti-DPRK smear incident at an event commemorating incidents in which South Koreans were injured or killed in action in the West Sea.
The newspaper stated that the South Korean Prime Minister’s commemorative address at a ceremony celebrating the inaugural West Sea Defence Day “was an unpardonable confrontational act” set to hamper relations on the Korean peninsula.
High-ranking authorities and officials, opposition parties and a US commander were in attendance at the event, held at the State Taejon Hyonchung Cemetery.
The anniversary honoured the 2010 warship sinking, the attack of the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong and a battle at sea during the 2002 World Cup.
Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the DPRK, said the ceremony was a “anti-DPRK confrontational farce”.
It stated: “The “prime minister” of south Korea said in his “commemorative address” that the West Sea was exposed to constant threat and even an inch on the sea should not be allowed to be intruded.”
The Pyongyang’s Workers’ Party newspaper warned the South Koreans could be in “serious trouble” if they continue the “anti-DPRK smear”.
The newspaper warned: “If they keep double-dealing tactics such as talking about dialogue and the improvement of the relations and slandering the dialogue partner behind the scene, there will be no expectation for smooth development of the north-south relations.
“The south Korean authorities would be well advised to behave with discretion, mindful that they may get a serious trouble if they act hastily at the crucial time.”
North Korea claimed the remembrance of the dead in South Korea is an isolating move.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and top leader of the DPRK Kim Jong Un are set to hold their first summit on April 27 at the border village of Panmunjom.
Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon issued a statement following the news. Mr Cho said: “The South and North agreed on efforts to make the summit successful, sharing its historic significance in denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, settling peace there and improving inter-Korean relations.”