N.Korea Has No Comment on Summit Transcripts

      June 27, 2013 12:20

      North Korea on Wednesday slammed the South Korean National Intelligence Service for allegedly meddling in last year's presidential election but kept silent about its disclosure of transcripts from the 2007 inter-Korean summit.

      The state-run Rodong Sinmun daily said the NIS has become "a slave to power" and helped conservatives retain control of the country.

      NIS agents allegedly posted a raft of online comments ahead of the election to sway it in favor of Park Geun-hye, who won by a slim majority.

      The article did comment on the debate surrounding the transcripts, which show just how far then-president Roh Moo-hyun was prepared to go in adjusting the controversial de facto sea border, but it had nothing to say about the transcripts themselves.

      "By bringing out the so-called Northern Limit Line comments by a former president, the Saenuri Party is trying to dodge public uproar over the spy agency's misdeeds," the daily said.

      The North Korean propaganda website Uriminzokkiri, too, made no mention of the transcripts on Wednesday, though it did threatened to obliterate the Imjingak pavilion overlooking the demilitarized zone after a group of North Korean defectors announced plans to float anti-communist leaflets to North Korea.

      Some pundits had predicted that the North would be incensed by the leak of the transcripts to the media since Kim Jong-il’s remarks are considered sacrosanct there, but they were either wrong or Pyongyang is still considering a response.

      Meanwhile, the Unification Ministry said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made 95 public appearances in the first half of this year. The official that accompanied Kim the most during those appearances was senior apparatchik Choe Ryong-hae (72 times), followed by army chief Kim Kyok-sik and former army chief Hyon Yong-chol (30 and 29 times).

      Eminence grise Jang Song-taek, who was Kim's most frequent companion until last year, ranked fifth with only 25 times. Some North Korea watchers say this does not signify Jang's power and influence had waned. One said Jang is believed to assume command of North Korea when Kim leaves the capital for other parts of the reclusive country.

      Military installations accounted for half of Kim's on-site inspections overall, but that fell to the 15-percent level during April to June, when visits to factories heavily increased.

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