On July 1 KST, KCNA issued a strong criticism of the statement made by South Korean President Park Geun-hye during her visit to China.
A spokesman for North Korea’s Peaceful Unification of the Homeland told KCNA that “South Korea is seeking new inter-Korean relations based on North Korea changing its ways. It is not us who must change, but South Korea.”
He added, “To seek change in the system of the DPRK is a nonsense pipe-dream. Our patience with Park Geun-hye is running out.”
The DPRK spokesman put emphasis on the principles of the Uriminzokkiri (lit. ‘just between us Koreans’) policy, saying that South Korea must not depend on foreign forces; it must instead seek to find a solution “just between us Koreans”.
The Uriminzokkiri strategy, established by Kim Jong-il in the 1990s, is a successor to North Korea’s psychological warfare operations that portrayed North Korea’s ruling Kim as the legitimate leader of the two Koreas, and South Korea’s president as a puppet of the US.
The strategy has been successful in exacerbating divisions along pro-US / anti-US and conservative / progressive lines in the South Korean political landscape.
The statement from North Korea comes as relations between China and South Korea appear to grow stronger. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi hailed the Park-Xi summit as heralding a new chapter in bilateral relations.
China and South Korea agreed that the two nations will never accept North Korea as a nuclear state.