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N.K. propaganda outlet slams S. Korea for resorting to U.S. for survival

09:46 October 26, 2020

SEOUL, Oct. 26 (Yonhap) -- A North Korean propaganda outlet on Monday denounced a recent series of visits to the United States by senior South Korean officials, saying it is a shame for Seoul to seek survival through resorting to outside help.

In recent months, high-ranking Seoul officials, including Defense Minister Suh Wook, top national security adviser Suh Hoon and Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun, visited Washington to discuss with their counterparts issues related to the Korean Peninsula and alliance.

"Since September, officials from the foreign ministry, Cheong Wa Dae, defense ministry and others have competitively been rushing to the United States," Meari, one of the North's propaganda websites, said. "It is a shameful behavior of a senseless person who has no choice but to resort to outside power for survival."

"South Korean authorities have been sending officials related to diplomatic and national security affairs to the U.S. to soothe it, concerned about Washington sending signals of doubt (about the alliance)," it added.

The website said that none other than such heavy dependence on the U.S. in a humiliating manner has caused Washington to look down on Seoul and bring more burden to it in talks on such issues as defense cost sharing between the two allies.

It also called the alliance between South Korea and the U.S. an "alliance for war" in which Seoul has to serve as "cannon fodder" without any complaint in case a war breaks out, saying that all in the South, including its politics, economy and culture, are being subjugated to Washington.

Suh Hoon, head of South Korea's National Security Office, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pose for a photo prior to their meeting over North Korean issues at the U.S. Department of State in Washington on Oct. 15, 2020, in this photo provided by the presidential office in Seoul. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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