North Korea: Do Not Expect Us to Change

Pyongyang will have 'no dealings' with Seoul: statement
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 30, 2011 6:35 AM CST
A commemorative postage stamp featuring late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and his son Kim Jong Un is shown. The words on the top read "The great leader comrade Kim Jong Il will always be with us."   (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

(Newser) – The passing of Kim Jong Il won't change anything in North Korea, the country announced today in quite the blustery manner. "We declare solemnly and confidently that the foolish politicians around the world, including the puppet group in South Korea, should not expect any change from us," officials said in a statement, the BBC reports. The North "will have no dealings" with South Korea president Lee Myung-bak's "group of traitors forever."

The statement, released by the National Defense Commission, hammered the South for its "show of enmity" that "culminated in its act of blocking South Koreans who wanted to visit Pyongyang to mourn the demise of leader Kim Jong Il." The South let just a few citizens head north following Kim's death, but the move doesn't seem to have appeased the North: Officials said Seoul had created "a war-like atmosphere" by putting its military on alert after the leader's death. North Korea's "sea of tears" will become "retaliatory fire to burn all the group of traitors to the last one," the statement said, according to CNN. (Read more North Korea stories.)

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