North Korea on Saturday delivered a scathing attack on President Park Geun-hye's vision for Korean reunification laid out in a speech in Dresden, Germany.
"The Dresden Declaration is a nonsensical statement made by an anti-reunification element who deceived the public with hypocrisy and falsehood as she offered no solution, ignorant of the present state of the North-South relations," a spokesman for the North's powerful National Defense Commission said.
The declaration contains a package of proposals for more exchanges with North Korea as well as humanitarian aid to gradually end the division of the peninsula that dates back to the 1950-53 Korean War.
The spokesman said present-day Germany was the result of West Germany incorporating East Germany and voiced strong suspicion to Park's peace overtures. Park's offers to step up exchanges and humanitarian aid are "irrelevant and indifferent to the improvement and development of inter-Korean relations," it added.
A government official here said, "We are focusing on the fact that North Korea officially voiced its position through the National Defense Commission."