N.Korea calls for 'apology' from South

North Korea threatened Friday to break off all dialogue with South Korea.

N.Korea calls for 'apology' from South

North Korea threatened Friday to break off all dialogue with South Korea unless Seoul apologises for an alleged contingency plan to topple regime in the communist state.

In a day of mixed signals, the North also announced it would accept food aid which it had shunned for two years as political tensions with the South rose.

The North's powerful National Defence Commission (NDC), which is headed by leader Kim Jong-Il, denounced the alleged plan as a crime and said it would stage a holy war against those who drew it up.

In a statement on Pyongyang's official news agency, it termed the alleged document a plan to overthrow its socialist system.

Unconfirmed South Korean news reports say officials in Seoul have drawn up a plan to administer the North in case of regime collapse, a coup or a popular uprising there.

The NDC vowed that unless Seoul authorities apologise for the crime against the North, they will be thoroughly excluded from any dialogue and negotiations aimed at improving inter-Korean ties and securing peace and stability on the Korean peninsula.

"A pan-national holy war will be staged aimed at eradicating the headquarters of South Korean authorities including the (presidential) Blue House which led in drawing up this plan," the NDC statement said without elaborating.

It urged the South to disband its unification ministry and the National Intelligence Service, holding them responsible for drawing up the plan.


Agencies



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