Political barrier against independence, democracy and reunification


Hwang Kyo An
Hwang Kyo An
Shortly ago, the minister of Justice of south Korea cried out for revising the "Security Law" (SL) in such a manner as to forcibly dissolve the "anti-state organizations" and "those benefiting enemy", adding he would push ahead with it as his top priority task this year.

The chief executive of south Korea supported his plan.

This is an unpardonable criminal act of totally stamping out the pro-independence, democracy and reunification forces and pushing the north-south relations to the worst catastrophe.

The SL fabricated by the Syngman Rhee clique in 1948 is an unheard-of fascist law that brands the DPRK as an enemy. It has been in force to mercilessly suppress south Korean people's patriotic and democratic activities and struggle for national reunification and even trifling acts of political opponents after labeling them "anti-government ones sympathizing with the north."

Chief executives were replaced by others in south Korea many times but the SL has remained in force and more than one million people had been severely punished by the law until 2013.

It is as clear as a pikestaff that there would be neither democracy in south Korea nor repaired north-south relations as long as there is such mechanism for harsh dictatorship and institutional barrier that brands compatriots in the north as enemy and incriminates even meeting with them and talking to them.

The DPRK has never forced its ideology and system upon south Korea but staged the movement for reunification in the idea of the joint declarations the north and the south agreed upon.

South Korean people have also staged actions in line with the common aspiration of humankind for democracy and in the idea of the programmes for reunification being supported by all Koreans.

So, the DPRK should not be considered as an enemy of the south Korean authorities nor south Korean people be punished on the charge of "sympathizing with the north."

It is a mere commonplace that dialogue and cooperation are taking place between countries with differing ideologies and social systems in the world.

In the light of not only misfortune and pain all Koreans have suffered but also the global trend, there is neither ground nor justification for the SL to remain in force.

Nevertheless, the south Korean authorities are working hard to revise the SL for the worse, not content with brutally suppressing the legitimate organizations and personages calling for national reconciliation and reunification by invoking it from the outset of the year.

Their move is an open challenge to all sincere efforts made by the DPRK to bring about a great turn and change in the north-south relations and an unpardonable act of trampling down the ardent desire and expectation of all Koreans.

The SL is now not only rejected by all Koreans but censured as an anti-human rights law by international organizations such as the UN and even the U.S.

The SL should be repealed at once.

(KCNA - February 5, 2015)

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