North Korea committee says to scrap accords with South

29/01/2009 - 22:40

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said on Friday it was scrapping all agreements signed with South Korea to end confrontation between the two sides, blaming Seoul's government for pursuing a hostile policy towards it.

"First, all the agreed points concerning the issue of putting an end to the political and military confrontation between the north and the south will be nullified," Pyongyang's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

"Second, the Agreement on Reconciliation, Non-aggression, Cooperation and Exchange between the north and the south and the points on the military boundary line in the West Sea stipulated in its appendix will be nullified," it said.

The committee said the situation on the peninsula has reached a point in which "there is neither way to improve (relations) nor hope to bring them on track."

It was the latest in a recent series of rhetorical attacks on South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and his administration by the communist north, which analysts suspect is trying hard to grab the attention of new U.S. President Barack Obama.

Relations between the two Koreas -- still technically at war since their conflict more than half a century ago -- have chilled sharply since conservative Lee took office a year ago with a promise to end the free flow of aid to the north unless it moved to end its nuclear weapons programme.

(Reporting by Yoo Choonsik; editing by Andrew Roche)

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