North Korea on Sunday poured cold water South Korean hopes of a changing political climate in the North. The South Korean government and media had cautiously interpreted recent changes in the North as the first signals of reform and opening.
But the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland said, "Our dynamic reality is earning admiration from the entire world. A group of traitors in the South interpret our situation to their own advantage and calling it 'attempts towards reform and open door policy' and 'signs of political change.'"
According to the official KCNA news agency, a spokesman for the committee said the South Korean government aimed to create a negative image of North Korea by talking of possible regime change and reforms. "South Korea has the treacherous objective of spreading the delusional idea of reunification, with the South 'absorbing' the North."
Meanwhile, the North's National Defense Commission issued a statement on Sunday warning of a "strong physical attack" on South Korea and the U.S. in retaliation for an alleged plot to blow up statues of past leaders in the North.