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KCNA Commentary on Impudent Remarks of U.S. Representative at UN

Pyongyang, April 8 (KCNA) -- The group of Yankees has gone so impudent as to turn white to black enough to stun the world.
The U.S. representative at UN recently said the negotiations on the convention on banning nuclear weapons are unrealistic due to "nuclear threat from north Korea".

Pointing out the DPRK as a pretext for its absence at the UN conference on the negotiations, she said that no one would believe north Korea would agree on banning nuclear weapons and that it is not reasonable to assert that people can be protected by way of not allowing countries like the U.S. working hard for peace and security the access to nuclear weapons but by allowing bad parties the access.

This is impudent and gangster-like sophism and just a revelation of the sinister intention to cover up the hideous crime of the U.S. which is the only country in the world that used nuclear weapons and has caused worldwide nuclear arms race through nuclear threat and blackmail.

To look back on the history of the development of nuclear weapons, big powers like the U.S. spearheaded international conventions on nuclear weapons and were present or absent at the meetings regarding them in their own interests for the purpose of banning non nuclear states from having access to nuclear weapons.

It is quite natural that the DPRK did not take part in the UN conference on negotiating the ban on nuclear weapons which premised on dismantlement of nuclear weapons as it towered as the nuclear power in the East to cope with the U.S. hideous nuclear threat that has lasted for decades.

To realize its ambition for world domination, the U.S. did not hesitate to inflict nuclear holocaust on humankind, and mocked at international treaties on nuclear disarmament and connived, overlooked and defended the development of nuclear weapons by its cat's paw nations. The U.S. is, indeed, the kingpin of nuclear proliferation.

The U.S., which trumpeted about building a "world without nuclear weapons" more loudly than others, is now openly calling for "bolstering nuclear force to maintain an unchallenged edge in military capability" while complaining that "the U.S. nuclear force is left behind other country's".

Even at the moment it is invariably carrying on nuclear weapons modernization requiring 1 trillion USD that had been pushed forward since the preceding administration under the motto of "peace by strength". It openly calls for abolishing the nuclear disarmament treaties with other nuclear powers.
Such a ferocious nuclear monster is faulting the nuclear force of the DPRK, the direct product of its nuclear blackmail. This is the height of absurdity and impudence.

The U.S. has to clearly understand the invariable stand of the DPRK that as long as there exists a nuclear weapons state hostile toward the DPRK, the security of the nation and the peace of the Korean peninsula can be protected only by dint of dependable nuclear deterrence.
The more viciously the U.S. and its vassal forces pose nuclear threat and blackmail, the more strongly the DPRK will bolster the military capabilities for self-defence and preemptive attack with the nuclear force as a pivot. -0-


U.S. Trick Will Not Work on DPRK: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, March 29 (KCNA) -- The U.S. is playing a cheap trick in its relations with the DPRK.
Recently a high-ranking official concerned of the U.S. State Department "officially" told that the U.S. decided to exclude the idea of preemptive attack on the DPRK from its planned policy toward the DPRK now under examination.
As if to prove it, the paid media trumpeted in unison that "U.S. shows softened attitude to north Korea".
It is great irony to see the wolf whose nature is to bite off bleating.

The U.S. rhetoric about "exclusion of preemptive attack" is nothing but a trick to calm down the DPRK taking the stand of the toughest counteraction and then attack it with surprise preemptive nuclear strike and thus put whole Korea under its control.
Nothing surprising is the U.S. trite method by which it staged smear campaign to make its rival get relaxed and harbor illusion about the U.S. and then invade it through preemptive attack.

On June 24, 1950, the U.S. trumpeted about weekend trips of the U.S. president and warmongers like the chief of the U.S. military advisory group in south Korea. On the other hand, it instigated the Syngman Rhee clique to release a false report that the two thirds of the south Korean puppet military had been on an outing and first-line officers and high-ranking officials of the ground army command had been indulged themselves in entertainment at an officers' club. Then on June 25, it provoked the Korean War without declaration of it.

On the eve of the Iraqi war in the new century, the U.S. conducted smear propaganda campaign against Iraq 17 hours a day at five different frequencies for the purpose of weakening the will of resistance among the army and people of Iraq and creating illusion about the U.S. military among them. After that it started a war through preemptive attack by cruise missiles.

The deception of the rhetoric about "exclusion of preemptive attack" made by the U.S. is proven with added clarity through the contents of the military operations pursued by the empire of evil against the DPRK, and performance and deployment of strike means.

Now the U.S. is carrying out Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises under the scenario of preemptive strike like OPLAN 5015 and OPLAN 4D targeting "precision strike" at key strategic strongholds including the supreme headquarters and nuclear and missile bases in the DPRK.

They are openly describing the nuclear strategic assets involved in the exercises as "ideal preemptive strike means" and are unhesitatingly carrying out "special operation" drills targeting the headquarters of the Korean revolution by setting in motion heinous group of murderers.

An assertion that preemptive attack has to be pushed forward in secrecy is heard from the U.S. policy-makers, a clear proof that the U.S. ambition to stifle the DPRK and its strategy for a preemptive attack remain unchanged and that the story now afloat is a prelude to an armed invasion.

The U.S. is seriously mistaken if it thinks it can shake the will of retaliation of the army and people of the DPRK through such a trite trick and deceive the international community.

The powerful revolutionary Paektusan army is closely following the every move of the hostile forces after putting the strongholds of aggression and provocation within the optical sight of its nuclear weapons.
If the slightest sign of preemptive attack on the DPRK is detected, the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK will punish the enemies with powerful preemptive nuclear strikes.

The U.S. should clearly understand the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by the reckless attempt at preemptive strike and behave with discretion. -0-


KCNA Commentary Accuses Japan of Its Persecution Mania

Pyongyang, March 25 (KCNA) -- Japan is making much fuss after hearing the news that Hwasong artillery units of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army staged a ballistic rocket launching drill on March 6.
The Japanese authorities do not conceal their uneasiness about the fact that the U.S. bases in Japan are well within the DPRK's striking range of ballistic rockets and are going busy taking countermeasures.

High-ranking authorities, including the prime minister, the foreign minister and the defence minister, vied with each other to make shrill cry that "it is a threat on a new stage" and "it is crucial for the international community to take counteractions." They are making haste with the examination of THAAD deployment while stepping up the moves for the deployment of the system for intercepting missiles at the maximum altitude of 1 500 km.

There was citizens' evacuation drill, the first of its kind since World War II, in Akita Prefecture on March 17 under the simulated conditions of the DPRK's ballistic missile launch.
Spreading in the Japanese society is the assertion that the sphere of military activities of the Self-Defence Forces should be extended in the light of the extreme danger that no one can predict which might be flown from the DPRK.

This is just like a burnt child dreading the fire.
The DPRK does not hide the fact that the ballistic rocket launching drill was conducted to target the bases of the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces in Japan in contingency as it was the one to cope with the U.S.-led aggressors' nuclear war rehearsals against the former.

It is because of guilty conscience that Japan is making such fuss about the drill conducted by the DPRK as the latter has never fired a single bullet at territories of other countries beyond its territorial waters for self-defense.

The DPRK does not forget the fact that Japan was reduced to rear and logistic bases of the U.S. forces when they ignited the Korean War in the 1950s.
The then U.S. Ambassador to Japan Murphy said that Japan turned into a great logistic base at a marvelous speed, adding that if Japan had not done so, the U.S. would have been unable to fight the Korean war.

The Japanese reactionaries remain unchanged in their ambition and strategic goal to launch reinvasion with the DPRK as their stepping-stone backed by the U.S.
The ruling quarters of Japan are offering their land as a logistic base of the U.S. forces in zealous pursuance of the U.S. strategy to dominate Asia-Pacific.

Timed to coincide with the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, the largest-ever U.S.-south Korea joint military drills for nuclear war against the DPRK being staged on the Korean peninsula, Japan launched a spy satellite against the DPRK and staged joint naval maneuvers with the U.S.
Japan had better stop acting rashly.
If the SDF launches reinvasion together with the U.S. aggressor forces, it will certainly meet setbacks.
The war maniacs are disturbing peace on the Korean peninsula and stability in the region and leading the situation to the brink of a nuclear war. Should they fire even a single shell into the inviolable territory of the DPRK, Japan will not escape fatal disaster.
Japan had better not invite constant disaster by recklessly toeing the U.S. line and escalating its moves against the DPRK. -0-


Nothing Can Quench Candlelight of S. Koreans- KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, March 4 (KCNA) -- A rally to counter the people's candlelight rally was held in south Korea, stunning the world people.
Whenever south Koreans from all walks of life hold candlelight rallies, the old fanatics of such ultra-right group of conservatives as the "General Federation for Freedom" and "Oboi Association" and philistines keen on earning a few pennies hold a rally to counter them.

The ruthless gangsters brand the people's candlelight rallies as "riot of the Reds" and even encourage Park Geun Hye more dead than alive to cheer herself up.
They trumpet about "retraction of impeachment motion", "stop to special investigation" and "declaration of martial law," holding high even the "Stars and Stripes."

The counter-rally of the group of ultra-right conservatives challenging the people's candlelight rally is the last-ditch efforts to check impeachment of Park Geun Hye and revive the traitorous regime that is thrown into the abyss of ruin.
The waves of candlelight actions sweeping south Korea are an eruption of the bitter wrath of the people against the group of traitors going against the demand of the people and the nation.

The candlelight rallies are attended by broad segments of people who curse and hate Park Geun Hye irrespective of affiliation, i.e. whether they belong to progressive or conservative, and region and class.
The participants in the candlelight rallies that have been waged nonstop since its start toward the end of last October number more than 14 million in total.

The sea of candlelight surrounds Chongwadae, a citadel of the reactionary rule, and shouts calling for impeachment of Park and resignation of the traitorous regime are heard nonstop.
The candlelight that do not go out despite biting cold and blizzard flares up more furiously with the approach of the trial for impeaching Park.

It is foolish and reckless for the group of conservatives to hold a rally to quench the candlelight.
Those who take part in the counter rally are philistines keen on getting a few pennies from ultra-right conservatives and old hooligans serving Park.

The ultra-rightist conservative group, backed by Chongwadae and Park's stooges, pays 20 000 to 60 000 won to those who take part in the counter rally and 150 000 won to women with baby carriages.
The conservative riff-raffs are running wild without reason just like hungry dogs driven to hunting as they have neither ability nor independent view to discern the right from the wrong.

Media at home and abroad jeer this as "last-ditch wriggling to check impeachment of Park Geun Hye", "hysteria of pseudo-religionists worshipping Park", "desperate efforts of those more dead than alive who view the world with distorted standpoint". Foreigners who witnessed it also derided the counter rally as "crazy act hardly understandable".

The frenzy of the ultra-right conservative group is the last-ditch efforts of those in fear of their imminent destruction.
The people's mindset also passed stern judgment of impeachment to Park who committed indelible crimes before the nation.
Nothing can quench the candlelight and save the ship from getting wrecked in the face of the enraged public.
The reckless ruckus of the ultra-right conservatives will only precipitate the destruction of traitor Park. -0-


Nukes of Aggression Generate Access to Nuclear Weapons of Justice: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, February 7 (KCNA) -- 59 years has passed since the U.S. shipped nuclear weapons into south Korea.
The U.S. officially announced on Jan. 29, 1958 that it deployed Honest John nuclear missiles in south Korea and opened to public the deployed nuclear weapons in February that year.
Since then, it has systematically increased the number of nuclear weapons in south Korea over the past nearly 60 years, reaching more than 1 000 in the 1970s and more than 1720 in the 1990s.

The U.S. nukes deployed in south Korea are means of aggression and domination to stifle the DPRK and conquer the whole world from A to Z.
A long time ago, the U.S. shaped the policy of pressurizing the DPRK to the effect that it will use nuclear weapons if the second Korean war breaks out, claiming that it was defeated in the Korean War because it did not use A-bomb.

Pursuant to the policy, it declared the start of equipping its forces present in south Korea with nukes in July 1957 and stepped up the forward deployment of nuclear weapons and thus turned south Korea into the biggest nuclear arsenal in the Far East.
It set the DPRK as a target of its preemptive nuclear attack and has modified and supplemented the scenarios for a nuclear war against the DPRK time and again and made them more criminal in their contents and has ceaselessly developed them through anti-DPRK war drills with the puppet forces every year.

Shortly ago, the U.S. promised the south Korean puppet forces that it would stage Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises targeting the DPRK in the largest scale.
It is the mastermind of a nuclear war hell-bent on imposing a nuclear disaster upon the Korean nation and an arch criminal that spawned the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula.

The daily-escalating U.S. nuclear pressure on the DPRK compelled the latter to counter the nukes with its own nukes as its last option and have access to even the ultra-modern strategic strike means such as smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear warheads as well as H-bomb.

The DPRK's access to nuclear weapons markedly reduced the danger of a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula and replaced the era of nukes of aggression, in which the U.S. unilaterally posed nuclear threat, with an era of nukes of justice in which the hostile forces can never have a sound sleep.
A report, submitted to U.S. Congress on February 1, defined the DPRK as the country that topped the "nightmare" list of the U.S. and warned that the DPRK's measure of bolstering its nuclear force would drive the Trump administration to the most critical phase that has never been faced by its predecessors.

The reality goes to prove that the DPRK's access to nuclear weapons is the most justifiable option for saving the destiny of the country and nation and defending peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and the region.
The correct answer to the question how to remove the nuclear threat to the DPRK is the access to powerful nuclear deterrence only.

The DPRK will steadily bolster up its military capability for self-defence with nuclear weapons as a pivot and capability for a preemptive strike, as long as the U.S. and its vassal forces continue to seek nuclear threat and blackmail against it and conduct nuclear war drills at its doorstep under the pretext of annual ones.

The U.S. and the south Korean puppet group would be well advised to behave themselves, clearly aware of who their opponent is and facing up to the trend of the times. -0-


KCNA Commentary on Scramble among Regional Powers for Sphere of Influence

Pyongyang, January 23 (KCNA) -- The situation remains very tense in Northeast Asia.
The political and military stand-off is growing ever more acute between China and Japan, in particular.

On Jan. 9 several Chinese fighters and those of the "Self-Defense Forces" of Japan flew close to each other in the air over the Strait of Tsushima.
These encounters of fighters of the two countries pushed the situation in the region to a touch-and go-situation.

As regards Japan's protest against the above-said incident, the Chinese military clarified its stand that it is a "routine drill" and "Japan seems to be not accustomed to such drill as the Chinese People's Liberation Army conducts a few similar rehearsals."
The Chinese side openly claims that "China may go as it pleases and there is no need to discuss with Japanese what it does there."

Japan does not hide the fact that it targets China, stepping up its moves for militarization after building legal and institutional mechanisms for meeting the requirements of a "war state."
The U.S. is becoming evermore undisguised in its provocative military moves to contain China politically and militarily in the region.

It has deployed the bulk of its strategic nuclear force in the region pursuant to its scenario for dominating Asia-Pacific. It is putting spurs to rounding off the triangular military "cooperation" involving the U.S., south Korea and Japan and its arms buildup.
Owing to the above-said moves, the situation in Northeast Asia is inching close to such dangerous phase that a nuclear war may break out and rendering the arms race in the region fiercer.

The reality goes to prove that the tension is escalating in the region not because of the DPRK's measures for bolstering up its capability for self-defence but due to the U.S. provocative muscle flexing and scramble among regional powers for sphere of influence in the region.
The on-going scramble is not comparable with the conflict in the last century due to the persistence of the strategies and the level of the modern forces involved.

Whenever the DPRK took a measure for self-defence, some countries demanded any action deteriorating the situation be halted as if something serious happened. Now they had better find logical words to say. -0-


KCNA Releases Detailed Report on DPRK's Victory in Ending Era of Sanctions and Pressure over Nuclear Issue

Pyongyang, December 29 (KCNA) -- The Korean Central News Agency on Dec. 28 released a detailed report on the situation of the Korean peninsula in 2016. The detailed report reads in part:

It is the consistent stand of the DPRK to make patient efforts for peace of the Korean peninsula and stability of the region.
Reviewing the situation in 2015 when the touch-and-go situation of war or peace was created, the DPRK proposed again to conclude a peace treaty with the U.S., signatory of the Armistice Agreement, to remove the root cause of war as early as possible and achieve durable peace on the Korean peninsula in which they are technically at war.

Early in January this year the DPRK reaffirmed its principled stand to play the responsible role to protect peace and security on the Korean peninsula and in the rest of the world and strongly demanded the U.S. and the south Korean authorities stop the dangerous war exercises for aggression and military provocations escalating the tension on the peninsula.

However, the U.S. has still pursued hostile policy toward the DPRK and resorted to nuclear blackmail and threat to it, driving the situation of the Korean peninsula and the region into tensions and instability all the year round.

At the end of the last year the U.S. announced "4D operation plan" for preemptive attack on the nukes and missiles of the DPRK and included it in the new war scenario OPLAN 5015 and hastily conducted the test of a new nuclear bomb B61-12 specially developed for a war against the DPRK.

The U.S. moves to ignite a war reached the worst phase with the largest-ever Ulji Freedom Guardian joint military drills as a momentum, the drills staged from August 22 to September 2.
The U.S. unprecedented provocations and nuclear blackmail forced the DPRK to bolster its war deterrence and take more offensive and stronger measures one after another.

The DPRK demonstrated non-stop the power of highly miniaturized, precision, diversified nuclear strike means and military hardware and thus drove south Korea and its surrounding regions where the aggressor troops were introduced, and even the U.S. mainland into veritable hell of appalling confusion and the worst uneasiness and fear.

The DPRK's new nuclear warhead explosion test was a great event which heralded the passing of the final gate for rounding off its national nuclear force and a historical deed which guaranteed the eternal prosperity and security of the nation.

The DPRK's revolutionary armed forces impeccably have access to H-bomb for tipping ballistic rockets, the ultra-modern striking means capable of carrying various kinds of nuclear warheads to all theatres of operation including the ground, sky, sea and underwater without limitation so as to wipe out invaders and provocateurs anytime and at any place.

A nuclear weapons state in the East resolutely announces.
Gone are the days never to return when the U.S. threatened and blackmailed the DPRK with nukes.
Now the DPRK poses the greatest threat and horror to the U.S.

The heroic Korean people shattered to smithereens the myth of the U.S. imperialists' "mightiness" and brought about the beginning of a downhill turn for them in the past 1950s, and they are driving the U.S. into the abyss of the final ruin in the new century of Juche.

The DPRK is demonstrating its might as a politico-ideological power and nuclear power and bringing the people's happiness under the present international situation in which sovereignty of countries and nations is being violated and they are suffering bloody disasters owing to the imperialists' aggression and interference. This stirring reality goes to prove once again the validity and vitality of the line of the Workers' Party of Korea on simultaneously pushing forward economic construction and the building of nuclear force.

The DPRK will make as ever a dynamic struggle for fundamentally remove the danger of a nuclear war being imposed by the U.S. in reliance on strong defence capacity with the nuclear deterrence as a pivot and for defending peace in the region and the rest of the world.
The DPRK with the nuclear treasured sword of justice has already declared the ruin of the era of sanctions and pressure over the nuclear issue. -0-


KCNA Commentary Warns S. Korean Regime's "Independent Sanctions" Will Backfire

Pyongyang, December 13 (KCNA) -- No sooner had the "sanctions resolution" been passed through UN than the south Korean puppet regime made public a draft of "its own sanctions."
They held a press conference at midnight and bluffed that it has become possible to "strangle windpipe" of the DPRK and south Korea "would take the lead in implementing the "sanctions resolution" while calling it a "landmark measure".

The puppet forces dared to add supreme leadership organs and key officials of our party and state to the list of sanctions in the draft "resolution", things quite impossible with their capacity.
This is a pipe dream of the confrontational maniacs seeking to recover from its predicament by brownnosing seniors and spiking the north-south relations even though they are now in a deplorable situation in which they are breathing their last in the face of the sea of candlelight kindled by the people.

As reported, candlelight kindled across south Korea is turning into a huge torch, meting out stern punishment to traitor Park who committed all sorts of crimes against the people.
It is as clear as noonday that the fate of those who served the traitor as her cat's paws will not be otherwise.

At the crossroads of rise or fall, the puppet forces cry out hoarse for "toughest sanctions" and act a shock brigade in executing them, in conspiracy with their American master in order to evade the worst ruling crisis.
They are now puffed up as if they did something big even though they produced a document no better than toilet tissue. Yet, they bluff it can give "bigger pain" than UN "sanctions resolution" to the north and it will have impact of "powerful signal" on the north.

Now the north-south relations are at a total stalemate with no exchanges of personnel and materials due to the vicious confrontational-minded acts of the group of traitor Park Geun Hye who played into the hands of shaman.
It is admitted by anyone that no "sanctions" and "pressure¡±can work nor can they prove effective under the present situation in which it is only migratory birds that cross the north-south border.

This kind of foolish "sanctions" rhetoric can be made only by the group of traitors with inveterate repugnancy to the fellow countrymen and sycophancy and submission to outsiders.
In actuality, Korea is now like an "island" the passage to which is totally blocked in the sky, sea and land, and it is not the DPRK but south Korea which suffers massive damage due to "sanctions" applied by the puppet forces themselves.

The silly act of shutting down the Kaesong Industrial Zone put more than 6 000 businesses including 124 key south Korean businesses at the risk of bankruptcy and reduced over 124 000 workers into unemployed.
It is by no means fortuitous that even those involved in drafting the absurd "independent sanctions" said "everything possible has been done and they have only symbolic meaning" and the south Korean media derided it as "an act little short of catching air with hand and wringing dry towel".

The puppet group's wild act of taking any trouble to do harm to the fellow countrymen such as "independent sanctions" and "additional sanctions" is a stupid act little short of strangling its own neck.
The ridiculous racket of "independent sanctions" will only backfire. -0-


Rodong Sinmun Slams S. Korean Park Group's Country-selling Remarks

Pyongyang, December 6 (KCNA) -- Shortly ago, the chief of the south Korean puppet Agency of Defense Affairs uttered that south Korea intends to comply with the demand of the new U.S. administration for increased upkeep of the U.S. forces.
Rodong Sinmun Tuesday in a commentary terms this an action that could be taken only by the Park Geun Hye group of traitors, heinous pro-U.S. lackeys and poor colonial stooges keen to prolong their remaining days by kowtowing to their master.

It is as clear as noonday that their preoccupation is to curry favor with the U.S. and then stay in power and persistently pursue the policy of confrontation with the DPRK, it points out, and says:

Finding themselves in such worst crisis that they do not know when they will be ousted, cursed and forsaken by the people owing to the extra-large scandal, the Park Geun Hye group are working hard to keep their treacherous regime under the backing of Trump by realizing his ambition to extort more money from south Korea under the pretext of "security umbrella" for it.

The Park group's above-said treason can never be pardoned.
As long as the group are allowed to stay in power, the south Korean people can neither escape disgrace and insult nor can the Korean nation be free from the danger of a nuclear war. -0-


KCNA Commentary on Park Geun Hye's Moves to Tide over Crisis

Pyongyang, November 12 (KCNA) -- The Park Geun Hye group of traitors are making desperate efforts to seek a way out of the worst crisis in history.
Days ago, traitor Park Geun Hye vociferated about the "story of threat from the north" and the puppet military brass hats of south Korea ceaselessly toured the areas along the Military Demarcation Line to talk about "provocation by the north," "immediate counteraction" and "principle of 'taking measure first and making report next'" while getting frantic with the confrontation rackets by intentionally spreading the story of "security crisis".

This is nothing but a trite method of the Park's group to ratchet up the tension with the north and lead it to "provocation" and rapidly escalate the north-south confrontation with it as pretence so as to divert elsewhere the attention of the public focused on her scandal.

Now Park Geun Hye has been driven into the inescapable abyss of ruin after the disclosure of the extra-large power-related "Park Geun Hye-Choe Sun Sil scandal."
She is at the crossroads of whether she will have to step down of her own accord or be impeached. This is the unavoidable fate of Park who resorted to unpopular and traitorous rule.

During her office, she spent her days by creating social crisis through the "story of threat from the north" aimed to intentionally stir up the "security" mentality of the south Korean people whenever she was driven into the extreme ruling crisis.
When all the south Koreans were angry and launched candlelight actions over the ferry Sewol disaster, the Park's group made a preemptive attack on the north in the hotspot waters in the West Sea of Korea and ran amuck to brand the north as a "provoker".

South Korean people well know that a door of toilet found in a mountain was branded as a "drone from the north" and a vacuum flask found in the sea as "shell of the north" to shield the "government".

No one can vouch that Park Geun Hye, hit hard from all sides, will not seek a way out in such reckless military provocation as "immediate counteraction" in reliance on the puppet military authorities.
Whenever she was driven into the cliff by hideous cases including Jong Yun Hoe's interference in the state affairs and Song Wan Jong incident, she let the puppet military authorities to take the lead in the "security crisis" rackets.

All kinds of joint military drills were staged timed to coincide with the crisis and the U.S. strategic nuclear submarine equipped with nuclear warheads was introduced into south Korea. These are by no means accidental.
Now all Koreans are heightening vigilance against the moves of Park Geun Hye and the puppet military group to reverse the situation by the reckless "shocking method".
The foolish moves to tide over the crisis will precipitate the miserable ruin. -0-


KCNA Commentary Assails German Chancellor's Anti-DPRK Remarks

Pyongyang, November 5 (KCNA) -- German Chancellor Merkel when receiving "Seoul Peace Prize" from the south Korean puppet forces on Nov. 2 talked nonsense about the DPRK, according to press reports.
She was reported to have said "north Korea has threatened neighboring countries with nuclear tests and missile launches for several years" and "the north Korean leadership is challenging the international community in defiance of international law."
If this is true, it seems she who claims to be chancellor of Germany styling itself a big power in Europe is not aware well of the essence of the situation on the Korean peninsula or she just parroted other's words.

It is a well-known fact that the DPRK was compelled to opt for having access to nuclear weapons because it had to protect the nation's right to existence, the sovereignty of the country and peace of the region from the nuclear blackmail and potential threat of a nuclear war posed to it by the U.S. for decades.
It is not the DPRK that defies international law but it is the U.S. and its followers that are resorting to unprecedented sanctions and blockade to exterminate a nation in defiance of the UN Charter and the fundamental principles of international relations for the mere reason that it is not obedient to them.

This being a hard fact, Merkel known for "firm abidance to principle and cool-headedness" uttered something quite contrary to facts. We can not but take note of this.
Choe Sun Sil who is no more than an old witch had allegedly controlled the south Korean cultural field and had her hand stretched to Germany. This arouses suspicion about her behind-the-scene manipulation of the recent awarding of the "prize" to the German chancellor.

It seemed that Merkel read something written by Choe at the awarding ceremony.
Germany had better properly grasp the essence of the situation and behave itself, far from fanning up the escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula through the sale of war means such as Taurus missile to south Korea. -0-


KCNA Commentary Terms U.S. Enemy of Int'l Community

Pyongyang, September 26 (KCNA) -- The U.S. talk about "threat from north Korea" is becoming increasingly hypocritical as the days go by.
A senior fellow at the Cato Institute in the U.S. contributed an article to the U.S. magazine National Interest to the effect that north Korea clearly knows who it should target.

The article said it was an absurd assertion that the U.S. secretary of Defence termed the DPRK's nuclear test "direct threat to the whole international community" and the international community touted by the U.S. was a high-flown expression.
This is a fair comment on the U.S. sinister intention of floating the fiction about "threat" in a bid to pursue its policy of stifling the DPRK.

The U.S. above-said accusation against the DPRK is no more than a paradox.
The DPRK is a peace-loving country which has neither invaded nor threatened other countries.
The fair international community has no reason to come under the threat from the DPRK, which feels no necessity to pose a "threat" to it.

The U.S. is the sworn enemy of the Korean nation and wrecker of peace on the Korean peninsula and in other parts of the world which the DPRK should make tremble with a thousand-fold horror and with which it should settle accounts.
The U.S. has used nukes as a main means of threatening, blackmailing and invading other countries since it had access to nukes before any other country.

The U.S. has posed constant nuclear threat to the DPRK and ceaselessly blackmailed the DPRK for the last several decades since it considered nuclear stick as a mainstay for carrying out its anti-DPRK strategy.
The DPRK had no choice but to have access to the powerful nuclear deterrent to protect the sovereignty and vital rights of the nation and the regional security from the outrageous U.S. policy of nuclear war against the DPRK.

The DPRK went through the final process for rounding off the state nuclear force after conducting the nuclear warhead explosion test, the highest phase of mounting nuclear warheads on ballistic rockets, in order to thoroughly foil the U.S. moves to stifle the former.
The DPRK's access to nuclear weapons put a definite end to the era in which the U.S. threatened and blackmailed against the former with nukes.
The DPRK does not hide that it no longer feels any threat and panic from the U.S. but becomes the biggest threat and panic to the U.S.

As universally recognized, the U.S. is a wrecker of peace and real foe of the international community as it is still plunging the world into ceaseless wars and turbulences.

The U.S. is the target of the DPRK.
It is the firm will of the servicepersons and people of the DPRK to put a definite end to the U.S. nuclear tyranny with nukes of justice.
The U.S. had better make a wise choice of rolling back its anachronistic hostile policy towards the DPRK if it wants to escape the latter's merciless nuclear strikes. -0-


KCNA Commentary Blasts S.Korean Traitors' Military Nexus with Sworn Enemy Japan

Pyongyang, August 24 (KCNA) -- South Korea and Japan are tightening their military nexus.
The south Korean puppet group has been frequently closeted with the Japanese military bosses who visited south Korea to pursue confrontation with the DPRK. It decided to expand the military exchange and cooperation such as conclusion of an agreement on the protection of the military information with Japan, establishment of more hotlines between the defence authorities, inspection of the military drills and mutual visits of aircrafts and warships on several occasions such as the "2016 Asia security meeting".

They resumed the south Korean puppet Navy's training flotilla's entrance into Japanese ports, which had been stopped over the past five years and are stepping up the establishment of the system of sharing information among the U.S., Japan and south Korea.

The south Korean puppet forces' ever more undisguised military nexus with Japan is not just the simple military and diplomatic act but a challenge to the desire of the compatriots to settle accounts with Japan for its past crimes without fail and thrice-cursed treacherous one of opening the way for the sworn enemy of the Korean nation to launch reinvasion.

Japan which had committed the unprecedented crimes after occupying Korea in the last century still work with bloodshot eyes to reinvade Korea, denying the admission, apology and reparation for its past crimes.

The Korean peninsula is the first target of Japan's exercise of the "right to collective self-defense".
In particular, Japan which provided a springboard for openly advancing to the Korean peninsula with the amendment of the "U.S.-Japan defense cooperation guidelines" set the DPRK as the first target, talking about the "automatic involvement of the "Self-Defense Forces' in emergency".

The Japanese reactionaries' ambition to occupy the Korean peninsula again and reduce the Korean nation into its colonial slaves has reached the phase which can no longer be overlooked.
This being a hard fact, the south Korean puppet group, steeped in pro-Japanese flunkeyism, is kowtowing to the Japanese reactionaries, far from protesting against their moves for revival of militarism and reinvasion. In her "address marking August 15" Park Geun Hye underlined the need to "turn south Korea-Japan relations into future-oriented ones."

It is none other than the south Korean group of traitors who act even a guide for reinvasion in order to do harm to the compatriots in the north.
Neither detente on the Korean peninsula nor the security and peace of the nation can be achieved as long as the Park group persisting in depending on foreign forces and escalating confrontation with the compatriots in the north is allowed to go scot-free.
It is necessary to wipe out all the pro-Japanese sycophantic traitors of south Korea in order to prevent the bitter lesson of statelessness from being repeated. It is the warning of history. -0-


KCNA Commentary Condemns Park Geun Hye Regime's Obstructions to Joint Conference for Reunification

Pyongyang, August 11 (KCNA) -- All Koreans and the international community are closely following the developments on the Korean peninsula since the DPRK proposed a great national conference for reunification to mark the 71st anniversary of Korea's liberation.

How to approach the proposal for convening a joint conference of all political parties, organizations and individual personages in the north, the south and abroad represents the stand on the crucial proposal to repair the north-south relations facing the worst crisis by the concerted efforts of the nation and make a breakthrough in the drive for achieving national reunification. It also serves as a touchstone to distinguish the pro-reunification forces from the anti-reunification forces.

That's why all Koreans at home and abroad and the international community expressed positive support and response to the proposal and have made efforts to make it successful.

It is only the ruling forces of south Korea that are swimming against this trend.
The Park Geun Hye regime has flatly turned down the proposal, describing it as a "strategy for the united front" and "bogus peace offensive." It has got desperate in blocking the activities of people of various circles in south Korea including the South Headquarters of the Pan-National Alliance for Korea's Reunification.

Due to the vicious obstructions of the puppet regime, the preparatory work for the joint conference has faced serious difficulties and the formation of the pan-national joint preparatory committee has been delayed.
This clearly proves that the puppet regime is working hard to chill the desire of the fellow countrymen to the last by pursuing the wild ambition for "unification of social systems" and "unification through absorption."

As known to everybody, the proposal of the DPRK was prompted by its single patriotic desire to defuse the decades-long north-south confrontation and antagonism, distrust and hostility and to write a new history of independent reunification by joining hands with each other and through bold practice. There is no reason for any member of the nation to refuse to respond to it.

It is unjustifiable anti-national and anti-reunification act for the puppet regime to turn down the just proposal of the DPRK and obstruct the preparations of political parties, organizations and individual personages in south Korea for opening the joint conference.
Not content with making the June 15 national joint event abortive, the Park regime is getting desperate in its moves to disturb the preparations for the joint conference. The regime is, indeed, a group of traitors who are utterly indifferent to the interests of the nation.

The Park group, seized with sycophancy towards the U.S. and the wild ambition for achieving "unification through absorption," is ceaselessly introducing nuclear war hardware including THAAD into south Korea, rendering the situation extremely tense, and desperately resorting to risky moves to do harm to the lives and security of all Koreans, playing the role of a shock brigade of the U.S. in carrying out its strategy for dominating Asia-Pacific.
If the group persistently toes the U.S. policy and escalates the confrontation with the compatriots in the north in disregard of the strong desire of all Koreans for reunification, it will never be able to escape isolation, ruin and stern punishment by history.

No force on earth can ever check the dynamic advance of all Koreans to achieve independent reunification by rejecting outside forces and pooling their efforts.
The great national conference for reunification is sure to open. -0-


Rodong Sinmun Denounces Remarks of S. Korean Puppet Minister of Unification

Pyongyang, July 4 (KCNA) -- Days ago, the Committee for Diplomacy and Unification of the puppet National Assembly of south Korea heard a report on the work of the Ministry of Unification. Hong Yong Phyo, puppet minister of Unification, talked rubbish that the north-south dialogue would give "only time and justification to the north" and that dialogue under the present situation would be little short of "being pulled by the north." He spouted sophism that it is the stand of south Korea to "force the north to change through sanctions first, and then have a meaningful dialogue."

Rodong Sinmun Monday says in a commentary in this regard:
What traitor Hong uttered revealed the sinister intention to save the "north policy" from bankruptcy at any cost and stand in confrontation with the north to the last.

These days Park Geun Hye is making desperate efforts to save her "north policy" from a total failure and shore up the bankrupt "sanctions" row against the north, never opening her mouth without blustering that the effect of the "sanctions against the north" is becoming distinct and "sanctions and pressure are the only means for forcing the north to dismantle its nukes."
Hong Yong Phyo is going more reckless than any others in sticking to the confrontation policy towards the north, dancing to the tune of the boss of Chongwadae.

The DPRK is making ever greater leap forward despite the harshest-ever "sanctions" against it. Much upset by this, Park is going off hysteric fit almost every day. Against this backdrop, Hong is crying out for "leading the north to changes through sanctions first," more obstinately opposing the north-south dialogue than anyone else.

Now the south Korean puppet authorities are busy with the anti-DPRK campaign, trumpeting about tightened "sanctions and pressure on it," failing to understand how things are going in the world like frogs in the well, but it will get them nowhere. -0-


KCNA Commentary Denounces Reckless Remarks of Chief Executive of S. Korea

Pyongyang, June 8 (KCNA) -- The south Korean chief executive is vocal about stereotyped confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the north right after coming back from disgraceful tour of foreign countries for confrontation.

She talked nonsense at a meeting held on June 6 to mark "Memorial Day" that the north's nuclear deterrence for self-defence is "a great provocation disturbing the peace in Northeast Asia and the rest of the world and a hurdle lying in the way of national concord and unification." She cried out for "escalating sanctions and pressure by pursuing cooperation with the international community" and for "maintaining the joint defense posture with the U.S. for strong counter-action to make the north suffer self-destruction."

A flurry of such invectives recklessly spouted by Park Geun Hye is an intensive revelation of her fear and hopelessness of a loser she feels because of a weak strategic position south Korea finds itself in face of the DPRK's bolstering of nuclear force and of her despair and uneasiness over the failure of the confrontation with the north and moves to make the north "dismantle nukes", depending on outside forces.

The chief executive of south Korea is now seized with extreme fear of the nuclear force of the north capable of foiling any sinister plot to stifle the DPRK long harbored by south Korea and its master U.S. and terminating their existence in a moment.

The nuclear force of the DPRK rapidly growing stronger despite hostile forces' harsh "sanctions" and military pressure is a reality hard to understand for Park accustomed to prolonging her days depending on outsiders. It is, indeed, a nightmare for her.

Much upset by this, she is recklessly crying out for "the north's dismantlement of nukes" like a drowning man trying to catch at a straw.
Her invectives are nothing but desperate efforts to defame the noble mission and peace-loving nature of the DPRK's nuclear force and keep afloat cooperation with outside forces for confrontation with the in the DPRK.

Even at this moment she is busy perpetrating military provocations even in the waters of the DPRK side, turning down its proposal for improving the relations. It is the height of shamelessness for Park Geun Hye to slander the nuclear force of the DPRK, talking about "peace of the world" and "national concord and unification."

The DPRK's nuclear force serves not only as a treasured sword of justice which protects peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and contributes to peace in Northeast Asia and other parts of the world but also as treasure common to the Korean nation guaranteeing national reconciliation and independent reunification.

Park is sadly mistaken if she calculates she can disable the DPRK's peace-guaranteeing weapons praised by all Koreans and other world progressives for their just nature and tremendous might through such poor mud-slinging and "sanctions".
"Counter-action" and "self-destruction" impudently touted by her in front of the nuclear-armed rival, oblivious of her poor position, are nothing but the reckless and ridiculous acts of precipitating her final doom.

Park Geun Hye would be well advised to stop such foolish and self-destructive moves to force "the north to dismantle its nukes."
She had better properly understand what is the demand of the people and what is happening in the world and behave herself, though belatedly. -0-


[Urgent] One of the 12 kidnapped North Korean women confirmed dead in the midst of hunger strike

One of the 12 North Korean women kidnapped by South Korean NIS has been killed during the hunger strike demanding their return to North Korea as confirmed by the reporter team of Minjok Tongshin, an internet newspaper today, May 15th. Despite the tragic deveopment, South Korean Blue House, NIS, and the Ministry of Reunification remain silent. [Minjok Tongshin editorial office]

[Pyongyang = Correspondent Kilnam Roh, Los Angeles = Seyoung Son / Baekho Kim, editors] Miss KyungAh Suh, one of the 12 North Korean women, workers of the North Korean restaurant in China, died during the hunger strike after being forcibly abducted by the South Korean NIS (Korean CIA), as confirmed today (May 15th) by the reporter team of Minjok Tongshin. South Korean authorities such as the Blue House, NIS, and the Ministry of Reunification are keeping the mouth shut tightly without making any comment. Miss Suh is known to be the youngest of the abducted women.

From the beginning, the incident raised strong suspicion that NIS was attempting to make use of the "defection" scenario to the advantage of the ruling party in the South Korean general election held in April 13. NIS announced the "defection" case 6 days before the election date. Their attempt to draw votes toward themselves taking advantage of the case, as they used to for decades, however, the "BukPoong (Northern Wind)" seems apparently failed in this election after using the same old tactics year after year.

Several South Korean private organizations have been demonstrating in front of the offices of NIS and the Ministry of Reunification, demanding the explanation, but there is only silence. The announcement by Minjok Tongshin on the current development of the incident is anticipated to draw up wide attention from around the world. Correspondent Roh is planning to have interviews in Pyongyang with the families of the abducted women as well as those who could escape the abduction.


Japanese Reactionaries' Mockery of Koreans Denounced

Pyongyang, April 19 (KCNA) -- As already reported, a powerful quake jolted Kumamoto area in Kyushu, Japan recently, causing big casualties and huge material losses.
Not long after the quake, a Japanese internet news operated by right-wing reactionaries posted mysterious letters reading "Koreans in Kumamoto poisoned wells", and rumor inciting anti-Korean feelings had it that "Kumamoto should be careful of possible uprising by Koreans", a spokesman for the Committee for Aiding Overseas Compatriots of Korea said in a statement on Monday.

Noting that such false rumors stunning people remind one of the great Kanto earthquake in September 1923 when Japanese samurais massacred Koreans, the statement went on:
Utterly unpardonable is the despicable act of inciting anti-DPRK, anti-Korean feelings at a time when victims of the quake have not yet been over with despair and lamentation and people still suffer from fear of aftershocks.

It is very foolish for the Japanese reactionaries who committed extra-large state-sponsored crimes against the Korean nation indelible down through generations in the past to try to cover up damage and nightmare of the recent quake by creating an atmosphere hostile toward Koreans and use it as an opportunity for inciting hostility to the Korean nation as they did at the time of the great Kanto quake.

The Korean nation is no longer such a weak one which was deprived of its sovereignty by barbarians of the island nation as to become their colony again.
The DPRK is the dignified politico-ideological power and world-level military power with a powerful nuclear deterrent. It will never allow an insult to its dignity and sovereignty and a mockery of the destiny and vital rights of the Korean nation but decisively punish the perpetrators.

The Japanese authorities should clearly understand the gravity of the despicable discrimination racket against Koreans, immediately take measures for preventing the racket and legal steps and stop at once all the moves against the DPRK and the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan. -0-


KCNA Commentary Urges U.S. to Face up to Trend of Times

Pyongyang, March 30 (KCNA) -- The U.S. Army chief of Staff at a recent hearing of the Congress confessed that the U.S. is not ready for a war against the DPRK and, therefore, can hardly win the war.

Earlier, world media said that the U.S. would come to believe the DPRK's access to working nuclear devices and mobile long-range delivery means before long and the latter's declaration to blow up the former's cities is by no means bluffing, advising the U.S. administration to roll back its anachronistic hostile policy toward the DPRK.

This can be interpreted as a comparatively proper judgment of the trend of the times as it heralded that the U.S. would meet the fate of final doom because it is engrossed in aggression and interference, keen to realize its wild ambition for world domination.

The U.S. is working hard to mount a preemptive attack on the DPRK with its various type strategic and tactical weapons involved after kicking off the largest-ever war rehearsals in south Korea. This is, in fact, a bluffing of the weak and last-ditch effort of those at the death's door.
It is staging such grave military actions as "beheading operation" and "operation for advancing into Pyongyang" in a bid to totally stifle the independent DPRK. It is, however, failing to judge what catastrophic consequences would be entailed by the saber-rattling.

The U.S. possessed A-bombs in the 1950s but was defeated by the DPRK equipped with rifles only. It brought about the beginning of a downhill turn for the U.S.

The might of the DPRK has grown remarkably stronger than what it used to be in the period of the Korean War.
The DPRK is the only country fully ready for an all-out war against the U.S. with the firm will and capability to mercilessly punish it.

It succeeded in H-bomb test and miniaturized nuclear weapons and is manufacturing strategic weapons requiring ultra-modern technology by relying on the Juche-oriented defence industry despite hostile forces' unprecedented sanctions and pressure. It is also equipped with latest military hardware such as various type guided missiles with high accuracy, modern tanks, armored cars, multiple rocket launchers, drones and battle ships.

The Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army has recently conducted a ballistic rocket launching drill in the way of exploding nuclear warhead in the designated altitude under the simulated conditions of attacking the ports in the enemy-controlled area to which overseas aggression forces would be hurled. This demonstrated its capability enough to destroy even USS Stennis nuclear aircraft carrier task force to pieces in a jiffy.

All the ultra-modern striking means of the DPRK are accurately targeted on the citadels of aggression.
The U.S. had better stop rash acts, paying heed to the above-said far-sighted public opinion. -0-


Key Resolve and Foal Eagle 16 Will Only Precipitate U.S. Final Ruin: KCNA Commentary

Pyongyang, March 10 (KCNA) -- The world's attention is riveted on the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
The U.S. and south Korean puppet forces are now confirming the possibility of carrying out OPLAN 5015 under the simulated conditions of an actual war through the largest-ever Key Resolve and Foal Eagle 16 joint military exercises. OPLAN 5015 includes the "beheading operation" targeting the supreme headquarters of the Korean revolution and an operation to mount a preemptive attack on nuclear striking means of the DPRK.

The madcap nuclear war rehearsals kicked off by them after casting away even the spurious mask of "annual" and "defensive" are little short of saber-rattling of those who know nothing of the army and people of the DPRK.
They go so reckless as to stun the world public.

The U.S. seems to be utterly ignorant of the service personnel and people of the DPRK who, led by the great Songun brilliant commander, are possessed of such matchless grit and disposition that if an enemy wields a dagger, they beat it with a sword and if it comes out with a rifle, they retaliate against it with an artillery piece.

The revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK whose mission is to defend the dignity of the supreme leadership and the socialist system, their lifeline, have never allowed anyone to hurt it and destroy the system.
It is tragedy that the U.S. does not understand it even today though the confrontation between the DPRK and the U.S. has lasted for several decades.

The Korean War in the 1950s was the beginning of a downhill turn for the U.S. and a war in this century will lead it to its final ruin.
Gone are the days never to return when the U.S. could fight the Korean War without allowing any single bomb or shell to drop on its mainland.

Today the DPRK does not feel any need to hide its military capability any longer. It opened to public the fact that it has in place unprecedented ultra-modern powerful strike means capable of striking the U.S. any time and from any place.

The U.S. and south Korean puppet forces would be well advised to be well aware that the DPRK's army turned its mode of military counteraction against the enemy into that of preemptive attack in order to cope with the largest-ever joint military exercises being staged by the U.S. and south Korean puppet forces.

The DPRK's army will reduce all bases and strongholds of the U.S. and south Korean warmongers for provocation and aggression into ashes in a moment, without giving them any breathing spell.
Not only all the U.S. special operation troops and nuclear war means in south Korea but also the U.S. mainland are within the firing range of the ultra-modern strike means of the Korean People's Army which does not know any mercy and leniency.

It is a day-dream and way of precipitating its final ruin for the U.S. to try to stifle the DPRK which has proudly joined the advanced ranks of the nuclear weapons states.
Saber-rattling for a nuclear war will only precipitate the final ruin of the U.S. and south Korean puppet forces. -0-


Seoul can¡¯t ignore new international developments to deal with North Korea

The final countdown has begun for the tough sanctions that the United Nations intends to place on North Korea for its recent nuclear and rocket provocations.
During a meeting of the UN Security Council held at the UN Headquarters in New York on Feb. 25, US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power made public a draft resolution containing stern measures and asked the Security Council members for their cooperation. Since the draft was produced with the agreement of the US and China, it is certain to be adopted in basically its present form when the Security Council votes on it in a few days.

The sanctions can be described as a stern warning by the international community to North Korea for its violation of previous UN Security Council resolutions and its continuing provocations.
What sets this draft apart is that it both contains numerous measures that were not included in previous resolutions and also strengthens previous measures to make the sanctions much tougher.

For example, previous resolutions had instructed UN member states to only search North Korean vessels that were suspected of carrying illegal cargo, such as weapons of mass destruction, but this resolution makes such searches mandatory for all cargo ships carrying North Korean imports or exports.
In addition, the new sanctions would restrict or ban exports of coal, iron ore, gold, titanium and rare earths ? some of North Korea¡¯s major trading commodities ? while banning the supply of jet fuel and rocket fuel. If these measures alone are implemented properly, Pyongyang will suffer a major blow.

In addition to this, not only nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles but also small arms and all conventional weapons have been placed under embargo, while the draft also enables for the first time the expulsion of North Korean diplomats who are engaged in illegal activities.
While it is true that, overall, the resolution contains very tough sanctions, it does not amount to the ¡°conclusive sanctions¡± sought by the South Korean government, which hoped for sanctions that would make it impossible for North Korea to carry out any more nuclear tests.

Another doubtful point is whether these tough sanctions will actually be implemented literally. For example, measures such as the requirement to search all cargo being imported to or exported from North Korea and the ban on exports of mineral ores largely rest in China¡¯s hands, and their success will largely depend on whether China chooses to cooperate.

What is even more important (though it is not included in the resolution draft) is that the China-led initiative to find a resolution to the North Korean nuclear issue through parallel negotiations for denuclearization and for a peace treaty is rapidly attracting attention.

Following a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Feb. 23, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivered a guest lecture at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, during which he once again officially suggested that parallel denuclearization and peace talks could be the solution to the North Korean nuclear issue. In the speech, Wang went one step further by asserting that there could be no peace treaty without denuclearization and that it would be difficult to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula without assuaging North Korea¡¯s concerns about a peace treaty.

Given that China has a huge role to play in resolving the North Korean nuclear issue and given indications that the US is sympathetic with its position as well, China¡¯s official proposal for simultaneous denuclearization and peace talks deserves our careful attention.

Looking at the recent series of events, there is reason to believe that China yielded to the US on strengthening sanctions against North Korea in exchange for gaining the support of the US for its efforts to resolve the situation through a peace treaty. The fact that the US appears to have given some ground in the face of strong opposition from China to the potential deployment of the THAAD anti-ballistic missile system in South Korea hints that the two countries may have reached a deal behind the scenes.

The South Korean government must not ignore these international developments and must draw up a new plan for resolving the North Korean nuclear issue, bearing in mind the negotiation phases that will follow sanctions. If Seoul continues its myopic blustering about how tough measures are the only answer, it may find itself left behind by changing circumstances.