May 18, 2009 12:46
The North Korean regime recently ordered officials and organizations dealing with South Korea to stir up conflict in the South over the June 15, 2000 Joint Declaration and the October 4, 2007 Summit Declaration, a well-connected diplomatic source in Beijing said Sunday.
According to the source, a senior member of the North Korean Workers' Party who recently escaped the North told him that he was told by the regime to give support to revolutionary groups in the South that support the joint declarations, so that improving inter-Korean relations becomes a common goal of the people in South Korea.
The defector also told the source the regime urged him to help bring about government change in the South in 2012, the 100th birthday of Kim Il-sung and the year of presidential and general elections in South Korea.
And indeed, there are signs that previously obscure groups are becoming vocal in their protest against the South Korean government. Some analysts say the North's hardline policy on the Kaesong Industrial Complex is part of its strategy to spur conflicts within South Korea.
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