Korea again indirectly criticized China on Tuesday for its claims over the
domination of Koguryo, saying it was an independent ancient kingdom of
"Koguryo had firmly preserved its national independence in its
external relations and shattered any attempt to violate that independence," the
(North) Korean Central Broadcasting Station (KCBS) said.
"Koguryo was a
stately sovereign state, not an ethnic minority or provincial government or a
tributary of any state power," it said, without mentioning China or details of
the recent history dispute between China and South Korea.
Koguryo was a
kingdom that stretched from the upper Korean Peninsula into what is today
Manchuria in China between 37 B.C. and 668 A.D.
Koreans have no
doubt that the kingdom is part of their history, but some Chinese scholars
have recently laid claim to the kingdoms, arguing that it was a regional
kingdom subject to China. The Chinese government supported that view after
rejecting South Korean protests.
This was the latest in a series of
North Korean news media reports on Koguryo and its successor Balhae. The
North recently increased the volume of such reports in an apparent protest
against what it sees as China's attempt to distort early Korean history.
However, it refrained from directly criticizing its staunch ally.
the reasons for contradicting China's claims, KCBS cited the Great Wall of China
built during the Qing Dynasty (221 B.C-206 B.C). "This proves that Koguryo was
an independent country that had posed a grave threat to China from the
beginning," it claimed.
Ancient documents show that Koguryo was ruled by
kings who called themselves "emperor," had an independent year name and
self-reliant foreign policies, the North said.
On Saturday, historians of
the two Koreas held a joint photo exhibition of Koguryo tomb murals at Mount
Geumgang on the North's eastern coast to mark the registration of Koguryo relics
as a UNESCO World Heritage in July.
They issued a joint statement in
which they agreed to deepen research into Koguryo history and introduce it to
the world, the (North) Korean Central News Agency reported.