From English language version of the (subscription only) Kyodo News:
North Korea has criticized South Korean President Lee Myung Bak for obstructing what Pyongyang says ”highest military contact” with the United States.
”It is again traitor Lee that is obstructing by hook or by crook the DPRK-U.S. highest military contact which the former has already started for the purpose of defusing the tension on the peninsula and building a peace-keeping mechanism,” the Policy Department of the National Defense Commission said in a message carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency on Thursday…
”If the Lee group truly stands for dialogue, it should take the lead in driving out of this land the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces, the main hurdle lying in building a peacekeeping mechanism on the peninsula, to begin with, and express the will to unconditionally respond to the DPRK’s just stand to replace the present armistice system by a peacekeeping mechanism,” the commission said…
”The U.S. is entirely to blame for this fact as it has persistently worked to ignite a war of aggression against the north on the basis of its scenario for the permanent presence of its aggressor forces in south Korea in actuality, while paying lip-service to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula,” the commission said.
Perhaps it sounded better in the original.
And the South Korean response?
”The government does not feel any need to respond to the issues raised by the North side,” a Unification Ministry official was quoted as saying on Thursday.
No need, nor really any ability. I mean, how would you even begin to formulate a response to that?