FM Spokesman Hits Behavior of U.S. and Its Vassal Forces
Pyongyang, May 20 (KCNA) -- The U.S. is trying hard to create international atmosphere for sanctions against the DPRK over the test-fire of its ground-to-ground medium-to-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12.
What is ridiculous is that the U.S. and its vassal forces advertise that more than 20 countries and international bodies denounced the launch of rocket Hwasong-12, claiming that their anti-DPRK moves were enjoying international support.
A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK in a statement on Friday branded such behavior as a cynical ploy of making profound confusing of right and wrong.
The statement said:
Now several times more countries than stated by the hostile forces oppose the U.S. hostile policy and its frantic joint military drills, nuclear threats and military adventurous moves which have aggravated the situation in the Korean peninsula and the region and compelled the DPRK to bolster up its nuclear force.
At a recent UN Security Council emergency meeting, the U.S. representative complained that some countries mislead the public opinion, contending that the U.S. threatens north Korea. This shows the position of the U.S. floundering in a dilemma.
No matter how hard the U.S. may try, it can never cover up its criminal nature as aggressor and provocateur disturbing peace and security in the region and the rest of the world.
When lies and fabrications did not work on the international community desirous of independence and justice, some maniacs of the Trump administration forced other countries to make decision for supporting north Korea or the U.S. They have behaved rudely, reigning over the UN, threatening that the U.S. would impose strict sanctions upon any country, organization or individual and take issue with any international body, when they support north Korea.
If such high-handed and arbitrary practices are allowed in the international arena, neither independent development of sovereign countries nor genuine international justice can be ensured and the world would become a barren land where the robber-like U.S. rules the supreme.
The tightened pressure upon the DPRK by the U.S. misleading the world public would only compel the DPRK to bolster up its nuclear deterrent for justice. -0-
Japan Slammed for Fueling U.S. Saber-Rattling
Pyongyang, May 16 (KCNA) -- The Institute for Asian Studies of the DPRK Institute for International Studies issued an article Tuesday to denounce the Japanese reactionaries for working with bloodshot eyes to render the situation on the Korean peninsula extremely tense and attain their sinister intention by giving a shot in the arm of the U.S. in its reckless moves to provoke a war against the DPRK.
The Japanese authorities including Abe cried out for putting maximum pressure on the DPRK while branding its nuclear and rocket launches as a serious "threat" to world peace and security in their phone dialogue and talks with the U.S. president, during the U.S. vice-president's visit to Japan, at negotiations with the U.S. and south Korea in Tokyo and on other occasions.
In March and April when the U.S. came out with "military option" and "preemptive attack" theory while maximizing the level of military pressure on the DPRK through Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military drills, unprecedented all-out nuclear war rehearsal in terms of scope, intensity and mode of implementation, Japan fully welcomed it and such politicians as the defense minister cried out for dispatch of the "Self-Defense Forces" to "rescue Japanese" in south Korea, openly indicating their attempt at reinvasion of the Korean peninsula.
Lurking behind the Japanese reactionaries' act of maximizing the "story about threat" from the DPRK and the story of "crisis on the Korean peninsula" while chiming in the U.S. anti-DPRK war moves is their intention to secure "justifications" for realizing at any cost the scheme to turn Japan into a military giant and launch overseas aggression, the article says, and goes on:
The reason why the Japanese reactionaries look forward to a war on the Korean peninsula is that they want to repeat the history of aggression so as to feel the "taste" again they enjoyed during the past war.
The Japanese economy has now greeted "lost three decades" beyond "lost two decades". Business cycle has stopped with stagnant excessive production structure overwhelming the decrease in demand and there is prevalent overall shrinkage of fund, equipment and labor, which makes it hard for the economy to get out of depression.
Another purpose the Japanese reactionaries seek to frantically resort to the "story about crisis on the Korean peninsula" is to calm down anti-Abe sentiment by diverting the internal focus on to the DPRK and create an environment favorable for long stay in power.
Recent disclosure of the scandal of Abe family over Moritomo school, the issue of transferring Futenma U.S. military base, economic crisis and all sorts of labor disaster and social evils that break out in chain, delayed recovery from the great quake in east Japan and earthquake in Kumamoto and other instable factors contribute to the approval rate for the Abe regime that goes into steady tailspin.
All facts clearly prove that the Japanese reactionaries are trying to use the U.S. reckless saber-rattling as a golden opportunity for attaining their purposes to turn Japan into a military giant and realize overseas aggression.
The Japanese authorities will face only miserable defeat with the land of Japan turning into a heap of debris by the merciless punishment by the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK, if they think of working as a shock brigade for executing the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK and foolishly dreaming of gaining "great windfall" just as in the last Korean War.
Japan should be free of megalomania and stop running amuck. -0-
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Slams U.S. Politician for Hurting Dignity of DPRK Supreme Leadership
Pyongyang, May 5 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA Friday as regards an invective against the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK made by a U.S. congressman:
On May 3 Sen. Cory Gardner, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, spoke ill of the dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership, when interviewed by NBC.
The slandering words made by Cory Gardner, a man tantamount to a mentally deranged, is a serious provocation that can never be overlooked.
It is misfortune of the U.S. that among its politicians is such human reject as Cory Gardner devoid of proper appearance as human being, to say nothing of elementary judging ability.
Cory Gardner, who took the lead in trumpeting about "sanctions and pressure" on the DPRK, guided by his deep-seated repugnancy toward it, did hurt even the dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership only to disclose his true colors as a die-hard confrontational maniac.
Fanatics, who dare point an accusing finger at the dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership whom the Korean army and people uphold as their sun, can never evade the sledge-hammer blows of punishment to be mounted by them.
Cory Gardner will be made to feel deep regret of his wild act of daring to hurt the dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership. -0-
U.S. Muscle-flexing Can Never Browbeat DPRK: Foreign Ministry Spokesman
Pyongyang, April 21 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK released the following statement on Friday:
The situation on the Korean Peninsula and in the region has reached an extremely dangerous phase due to the mad-cap nuclear war provocations of the U.S. to violate the sovereignty and vital rights of the DPRK at any cost.
Recently, the authorities of the Trump Administration are spouting a load of rubbish calling for browbeating the DPRK by force of arms every day. They are crying out for settling the issue with the help of someone, seeking to bring nuclear aircraft carrier strike groups one after another to the waters off the Korean Peninsula.
Such intimidation and blackmail can never frighten the DPRK.
The invincible revolutionary Paektusan army, closely following the maneuvers of the U.S., is waiting for an order only after rounding off its full preparedness to counter them immediately.
It is an unshakable will of the DPRK to go to the end if the U.S. wants to remain unchanged in its confrontational stance.
The army of the DPRK has already clarified that its heaviest counteractions include a sudden preemptive attack involving maneuvers on the ground, in seas, under waters and in the air and various other methods and the Korean-style tough counter-actions will be promptly taken to cope with the provocations of any forms and levels from the U.S.
The world will clearly witness this time the fact that gone are the days never to return when the U.S. forced its will upon other countries.
The DPRK, a peace-loving socialist state, is setting great store by peace. But it neither fears a war nor wants to avoid it.
The DPRK is a nuclear power capable of countering any option and means of the U.S. and will not avoid any option made by it.
As the DPRK had access to a powerful nuclear deterrent to protect itself from the U.S. nuclear threat, the DPRK will react to a total war with an all-out war, a nuclear war with nuclear strikes of its own style and surely win a victory in the death-defying struggle against the U.S. imperialists. -0-
DPRK Government's Memorandum on Kim Jong Un's Exploits
Pyongyang, March 31 (KCNA) -- The DPRK government Thursday released a memorandum titled "The immortal feats, performed by respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un to most strikingly demonstrate the dignity and might of our Republic under the uplifted great banner of simultaneously developing the two fronts, will shine forever."
The memorandum referred to the fact that Kim Jong Un made an epoch-making declaration indicating the way of independence and justice on March 31, 2013.
He laid down a fresh strategic line of simultaneously pushing forward the economic construction and the building of nuclear force at the March 2013 Plenary Meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.
He set the line as a strategic one of the party and the state by carrying forward the exploits of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il who accomplished the great cause of having access to nuclear weapons despite all difficulties. He thus broke the world political structure centered on the existing nuclear powers and fundamentally changed the world political landscape and made the DPRK demonstrate its dignity as the most powerful country which no one dares to provoke.
The fresh line provided the army and people of the DPRK with a firm guarantee for frustrating the U.S. imperialists' wild ambition to annex the northern half of the Republic and reduce all Koreans to modern-day slaves by taking a firmer hold on the nuclear shield for self-defence and reliably protecting their ideology, social system and right to existence.
His presentation of the line marked an event to be specially recorded as it opened a new phase in the development of the revolutionary ideology and theories in the era of independence.
Noting that the line has resulted in creating legendary stories about heroes and bringing about all blessings, the memorandum said:
The respected Supreme Leader has energetically guided an epoch-making great cause of bolstering up the nuclear deterrence of Juche Korea for self-defence in every way, determined to successfully accomplish the great leaders' cause of building a nuclear power.
In order to provide a powerful military guarantee for defending the sovereignty of the country and destiny of the nation and victoriously pushing forward the cause of building a socialist power, he has always made trips to the front despite strong wind to guide various forms of military drills by units of the Korean People's Army under the banner of simultaneously developing the two fronts.
Thanks to his indefatigable efforts and dedication, the DPRK could emerge with dignity a nuclear power in the East and the world's military power.
The past four years, during which the army and people of the DPRK have worked hard to implement the line set forth by Kim Jong Un, are woven with historic events in which they have brought about spectacular leap forward and miracles in the drive to build a socialist economic giant and a highly-civilized nation and improve the standard of people's living by racing against time.
The memorandum also referred to the facts that the world people have expressed great joy and appreciation of the reality in the DPRK dashing ahead like the wind towards the greatest victory under the banner of the above-said line.
It praised Kim Jong Un as the peerless patriot and great guardian of independence and justice as he has performed undying feats for the country and the nation, the times and mankind by advancing and creditably implementing the fresh line of simultaneously developing the two fronts to turn the DPRK into a matchless nuclear power and usher in a golden age of prosperity.
The army and people of the DPRK will further reinforce a nuclear sword for self-defence, the life and soul of the nation and national treasure of reunified Korea, and dash ahead like the wind towards the high eminence of prosperity with the strength, spirit and speed of Korea, holding higher the banner of simultaneously developing the two fronts under the guidance of Kim Jong Un. -0-
U.S. Deceptive Farce Denounced
Pyongyang, March 24 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the National Peace Committee of Korea on Friday issued a statement titled "U.S. should not run wild, pondering over the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its attempt at a preemptive strike".
The statement said that the new U.S. administration is floating a rumor that it has excluded the plan for a preemptive attack on the DPRK despite its recent bluffing that it was examining all-inclusive policies toward the DPRK comprising the political, military, diplomatic, economic and all other fields.
This is a deception to calm down criticism of the public at home and abroad directed toward its extreme hostile policy toward the DPRK and its toughest countermeasure, and a revelation of a criminal design to put the preemptive attack plan into a practice, it noted.
It urged the new U.S. administration to listen to voice of concern made inside its own country about the serious consequences to be entailed by the preemptive strike and to make a wise option to evade a miserable fate.
It also urged the U.S. to immediately stop the racket for war exercises aimed at preemptive strike against the DPRK and take all means for a preemptive attack out of the Korean peninsula and its vicinity.
If the U.S. shows even the slightest sign of a preemptive attack on the DPRK, bereft of reason, the powerful nuclear strike means of the DPRK will blow up the bases of aggression and provocation with its-style offensive and preemptive nuclear attack, the statement said.
It warned that the U.S. should not run wild, pondering over the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its attempt at a preemptive attack. -0-
Loneliness of Park Geun Hye Is Deserved Outcome-CPRC Policy Department Spokesman
Pyongyang, March 3 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Policy Department of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country (CPRC) of the DPRK said in a statement Friday that the wretched plight of lonely dragon lady of Chongwadae is deserved outcome of her thrice-cursed crimes.
With her impeachment trial imminent, Park of south Korea finds herself all the more lonely and demented with her confidants getting away from her, the statement said, and went on:
Her American master whom she served with total dedication also treats her like a street woman, making her plight all the more pitiful.
The successive rulers of south Korea all met miserable ends, being forsaken by the people. But none of them spent every minute in such loneliness as Park.
Such a matchless imbecile hardly worth a human being was in power, a shame and disgrace of the nation before the world.
Her wretched and pitiful plight is something she deserves for her thrice-cursed acts of treachery against the people and reunification over four years of her office.
Only stern sledge-hammer blows of history and nation await those who go against the trend of the times and desire of people.
Park is to be recorded in history as the "president" with the most miserable end among the successive puppet rulers.
Anyone who follows in the footsteps of Park will meet the same miserable end as Park's.-0-
Planned S. Korea-U.S. Joint Military Drill Slammed
Pyongyang, February 13 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Nationwide Emergency Measure Committee against DPRK-targeted Nuclear War Exercises issued a statement Monday as regards the fact that the south Korean puppet forces are going busy to stage the largest-ever Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises together with the U.S. in upcoming March.
The statement says: The said drill which will involve huge aggression forces, including all nuclear strike means of the U.S. imperialist aggression forces, will take place under the plan for a preemptive strike at the DPRK, including 4D operation scenario envisaging the "detection" of its nuclear and missile bases, "defence" from them, "disturbance and destruction" of them and "beheading operation." This is an open disclosure of the attempt to launch a nuclear war against the DPRK.
The puppet forces' racket for a war against the DPRK and the hostile policy of the U.S. which actively supports it are an intolerable challenge to the Korean nation's desire and aspiration after peace and reunification. And they constitute an open violation of the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK.
Hostility, discord, distrust and confrontation have now gone beyond such tolerance limit that any slightest and accidental conflict may lead to an unpredicted incident on the Korean peninsula. This is the situation prevailing on the peninsula at present.
The army and people of the DPRK will take appropriate countermeasures depending on the level of the nuclear war racket being planned and pressed for by the south Korean puppet forces with the U.S. involved.
The aggressors and provocateurs had better stop their rash actions, pondering over what counter-actions will be entailed by their reckless and serious nuclear war racket against the DPRK. -0-
Joint Conference of Government, Political Parties and Organizations of DPRK
Pyongyang, January 18 (KCNA) -- A joint conference of the government, political parties and organizations of the DPRK was held at the People's Palace of Culture on Wednesday to carry through the tasks for national reunification set forth by respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un in his New Year Address.
Present there were Kim Yong Nam, Kim Yong Chol, Ro Tu Chol, the chairman of a friendly party, officials of working people's and public organizations, officials concerned of the North Side Committee for Implementing the June 15 Joint Declaration, the Pan-National Alliance for Korea's Reunification and the Pan-National Alliance of Youth and Students for Korea's Reunification and other representatives of the government, political parties and organizations of the DPRK.
The conference discussed the agenda item "On opening up a broad avenue to independent reunification by the concerted efforts of all Koreans this year of significance, true to the historic New Year Address of respected Supreme Leader Comrade Kim Jong Un".
Ri Son Gon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country of the DPRK, made a report to be followed by speeches by Kim Yong Dae, chairman of the C.C., Korean Social Democratic Party, Jong Yong Nam, first secretary of the C.C., Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League, and Kang Ji Yong, chairman of the Religious Believers Council of Korea.
The reporter and speakers noted that Kim Jong Un in his New Year Address called for opening up a broad avenue to independent reunification by the concerted efforts of all Koreans this year marking the 45th anniversary of the July 4 Joint Statement and the 10th anniversary of the October 4 Declaration and indicated overall tasks and ways to put the proposal into practice.
They fully supported and approved the line and policy of national reunification advanced by the Supreme Leader in his New Year Address as an immortal grand programme for accomplishing the cause of the country's reunification by pooling will and efforts of all Koreans.
They stressed the need for all Koreans in the north and the south and abroad to accelerate the nationwide grand march towards reunification by their united efforts and thus glorify this year as a very significant year in bringing about a new phase of independent reunification.
An appeal to all Koreans was adopted at the conference. -0-
Kim Jong Un Calls for Paving Wide Avenue to National Reunification
Pyongyang, January 1 (KCNA) -- Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un in his New Year address for 2017 said that this year marks the 45th anniversary of the historic July 4 joint statement and the 10th anniversary of the October 4 declaration, underscoring the need to pave a wide avenue to independent reunification by pooling efforts of the whole nation.
He said it is imperative to take active measures to improve the north-south ties and defuse acute military conflict and the danger of a war between the north and the south.
All kinds of slandering getting on the nerves of the other party and inciting confrontation can not be justified under any circumstances and sinister anti-DPRK smear campaign and hostile acts being staged with hope pinned on the overturn of social system and "change" must immediately be stopped.
Consistent is the stand of the DPRK not to fight with fellow countrymen but defend the wellbeing of the fellow countrymen and peace of the country. The south Korean authorities should not strain the situation by groundlessly faulting the DPRK's exercise of its right to self-defence but respond to our sincere efforts to prevent military conflicts and defuse tension between the north and the south.
All the Koreans in the north and the south and abroad should solidarize and get united on the principle of subordinating everything to national reunification, the cause common to the nation, and actively wage the reunification movement in a nationwide scale. Active contacts and visits should be made irrespective of differing ideology, system, region, idea, class and strata and a nationwide grand gathering for reunification should be realized with the involvement of the authorities, all political parties and organizations in the north and the south and people from all walks of life at home and abroad.
We will hold hands with whoever prioritizes fundamental interests of the nation and wishes for the improvement of the north-south ties.
A nationwide struggle should be dynamically waged to put an end to the U.S. and other outsiders' moves for aggression and intervention aimed at realizing the Asia-Pacific domination strategy while consolidating their control over south Korea, and foil the moves of the group of sycophantic traitors standing against reunification including Park Geun Hye finding a way-out in escalating confrontation with the fellow countrymen while not discerning who the truly principal enemy of the nation is.
The U.S. should face up to the will of the Korean nation for reunification and no longer resort to such scheme of estranging Koreans from one another as egging the anti-reunification forces of south Korea on confrontation and war between the fellow countrymen but take a bold decision to withdraw its anachronistic hostile policy toward the DPRK.
The international community valuing independence and justice should stand against the U.S. and its vassal forces' moves of obstructing peace and reunification of the Korean peninsula, and its surrounding countries should do things helpful to the Korean nation's aspiration and efforts for reunification.
Kim Jong Un underscored the need for all the Koreans in the north and the south and abroad to step up the nationwide grand advance for reunification by the joint efforts of the nation and thus do something to make this year a very significant year in paving a new phase of independent reunification. -0-
S. Korean Forces' Provocation Can Never Save Park Geun Hye: CPRC Policy Department Spokesman
Pyongyang, December 3 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Policy Department of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country (CPRC) of the DPRK released a statement on Saturday as regards the fact that the south Korean puppet regime is getting desperate in military provocation against the DPRK recently, hyping the "security crisis."
Bosses of the south Korean military including the minister of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are frequenting frontline units and special warfare units near the Military Demarcation Line, where they cry out for "full combat-readiness" for launching tough and resolute punishment to cope with "threat of provocation from the north," the statement said, and went on:
They let warships and drones infiltrate into the territorial waters and air of the DPRK and staged a large-scale live shell firing drill in the hot spot of the West Sea to persistently increase military tensions on the ground and in the waters and air.
They convened a meeting of major commanders of the puppet armed forces 20 odd days earlier though it had been scheduled for December.
Meetings of commanders of various services of the puppet army are being held to hatch plots of military provocation. They are spreading rumors about "instability" across south Korea, hyping "grave security situation created due to possible provocation by the north taking advantage of the administrative vacancy in the south" and "imminent nuclear and missile tests by the north."
Lurking behind this is a sly trick to invent at any cost a case of armed clash between the north and the south by irritating the DPRK, quell the south Korean people's struggle for ousting Park Geun Hye under that pretext and thus save traitor Park from the abyss of ruin.
There is no guarantee that the Park regime that has been driven to a tight corner would not launch a provocation of war as its last-ditch attempt, and it is only the Korean nation including the south Korean people that will fall victim to it thereof.
No matter how desperately Park and the conservative group move to stay in power under the pretext of "security," they can never escape their fated doom. -0-
Bolstering of Nuclear Force Is to Cope with U.S. Extreme Moves to Stifle DPRK: Foreign Ministry
Pyongyang, November 21 (KCNA) -- The Foreign Ministry of the DPRK released a memorandum on Monday detailing the traces of the crimes the U.S. committed by perpetrating a series of worst-ever hostile acts against the DPRK since the greatest loss suffered by the Korean nation and thus compelling it to bolster up its nuclear force.
Since the year 2012, soon after the passing away of the great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il, the U.S. began to openly pursue the objective to politically stifle the DPRK and overthrow its system by all means, the memorandum said, and went on:
Blatant remarks denying the DPRK's government, system and policy were made by high-level officials of the U.S. and even Obama himself has constantly heaped malicious slander and criticism on the DPRK in his public appearances.
This fully reveals the true nature of the policy of "strategic patience" pursued by the Obama administration, which is none other than an aggressive and heinous "strategic suffocation" policy against the DPRK.
By this time, the "human rights" racket which the U.S. has long made against the DPRK has grown so reckless as to attempt to put their wild ambition of overthrowing the DPRK's system into practice.
The U.S. has gone so far as to breach the basic principles of international laws and ditch its dignity of a superpower by pleading with other countries to join their pressure racket against the DPRK through downgrading or severing ties with it.
Giving an account of the fact that the U.S. revealed its intention to deliver a preemptive nuclear strike against the DPRK and intensified its military threats against the DPRK at a maximum pace during the last five years, the memorandum said:
To take an example of the Key Resolve joint military exercise, one of the typical joint military drills of the U.S. and the south Korean puppets, 2 100 U.S. troops participated in the exercise in the year 2012, but the U.S. steadily increased the number of troops to 3 500 in 2013, 5 200 in 2014 and 8 600 in 2015, and in 2016, 27 000 troops participated in the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle 16 joint military exercises.
Beside the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises, the U.S. conducted over 40 provocative and aggressive military drills under various names on annual basis including Ulji Freedom Guardian joint military exercise, Max Thunder joint air force exercise, Double Dragon joint landing exercise and multilateral RIMPAC naval exercise, joint naval strike exercise, joint special force exercise, joint live firing exercise and so on. The total number of troops the U.S. has committed to these exercises reached over 500 000.
Since the year 2012, the U.S. has consistently conducted various kinds of military drills against the DPRK, deploying its naval forces into and around the Korean peninsula including nuclear carriers, nuclear submarines, Aegis cruisers, Aegis destroyers and guided missile destroyer.
In addition, the U.S. moved B-1B, B-2, B-52 nuclear strategic bombers from the U.S. mainland to Guam and they flew to south Korea several times to conduct drills for landing and dropping nuclear bombs with the purpose of getting ready for a surprise nuclear preemptive strike against the DPRK.
The U.S. proceeded with the deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) to south Korea in full-scale.
The maneuvers of the U.S. to impose sanctions on the DPRK to suffocate it in the last five years was indeed unprecedented in its pace and intensity.
The U.S. made an issue of the DPRK's legitimate right to peaceful development of outer space and its buildup of self-defensive nuclear deterrence and made frantic attempts to fabricate heinous "sanctions resolutions" by usurping the United Nations Security Council.
Through the so-called UN "sanctions resolutions", the U.S. seeks to prevent the DPRK from its routine financial transactions with other countries; put all the channels linked to the DPRK under tight control; force the inspection of any vessel sailing to and from the DPRK and prohibit entry of such vessel into ports of other countries; have other countries deny permission to any aircraft of the DPRK to take off from, land in and overfly their territory.
The U.S. went so far as to devise a provision for the "ban on export and import of luxury goods" and prevented import of sport apparatus which has nothing to do with development of arms and even included daily necessities and children's toys in the list of "banned goods".
Pursuant to the anti-DPRK "sanctions resolutions" it has forged, the U.S. is running amuck to impose unilateral sanctions while forcing other countries to get on board.
All the facts above clearly substantiate the truth that the root cause of escalated tension on the Korean peninsula lies with the U.S. hostile policy and nuclear threats against the DPRK, not the latter's nuclear and missile tests.
The U.S. should face up to the new strategic position of the DPRK and take actual measures to show that they are willing to scrap its anachronistic hostile policy and nuclear threat against the DPRK. -0-
DPRK Rejects Anti-DPRK "Open Statement" of International Financial Supervisory Body
Pyongyang, October 26 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the National Coordinating Committee of the DPRK for Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA Wednesday in connection with the fact that the U.S. and its vassal forces are inciting the atmosphere of putting financial sanctions on the DPRK even by setting in motion the international financial supervision organization:
The plenary meeting of the Financial Action Task Force on Anti-Money Laundering that was held in Paris from Oct. 19 to 21 adopted again a "public statement" in which the DPRK was listed as "a state subject to countermeasures".
We strongly denounce and reject the "public statement" full of hostility toward the DPRK as part of the moves of the U.S. and its vassal forces to impose sanctions on the DPRK and stifle it.
What should not be overlooked is that they are enforcing the UN Security Council's "resolutions on sanctions" on the DPRK upon the UN member nations as an "international standard" by letting the organization throw away "universality" and "impartiality", the principles called for by it in its activities.
The UNSC's "resolutions on sanctions" on the DPRK are illegal documents cooked up by the U.S. and its vassal forces to encroach upon the independence and the right to existence of the sovereign state in defiance of the UN Charter and the norms of international law, and a product of criminal acts against humanity and human rights.
Out of its consistent stand against money laundering and financial support for terrorism and the proliferation of the weapons of mass destruction, the DPRK, in close collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Regional Group on Money Laundering, took almost all action measures consistent with international standard such as the adoption of the Law on Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Financing of Terrorism, modification and supplementation of the criminal law and enhancement of the responsibility and role of financial information and supervision institutions. It also has fulfilled its responsibilities by submitting detailed reports on them to the international financial supervision organization.
However, the plenary meeting of the organization adopted the "open statement" envisaging a total stop to banking transactions, not mentioning even a word about the sincere efforts made by the DPRK to implement the international standard, thereby clearly proving that the organization has been abused for the political purposes of the U.S. and its vassal forces to build an international network of financial blockade against the DPRK.
Under such situation, we will also take necessary countermeasures to cope with it. -0-
Kim Yong Nam Refers to Stand of DPRK Government on NAM Position and Role
Pyongyang, September 19 (KCNA) -- Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, who is heading a DPRK delegation addressed the 17th NAM Summit opened in Venezuela on Sept. 17.
The idea of the NAM has greatly encouraged the struggle of the developing countries for building the peaceful and prosperous world as well as the independent and righteous world and made significant contribution to the changes of the world during the last 55 years, he said, and went on:
Today the NAM is faced with the grave challenges due to the acts of aggression, war and interference of the imperialists and dominationists.
We find serious lessons in view of the stark reality that the NAM nations that occupy the majority of the UN membership and have the vast material and manpower resources do not have due position or voice in the international arena and are yet far from encountering the arbitrariness and high-handedness of a few big powers with concerted actions of the NAM.
The dark cloud of nuclear war, highly impossible to predict, continues to prevail around the Korean Peninsula because of the fire game of the United States going on with the aggressive nuclear war exercises.
The DPRK has made a strategic decision to destroy the nuclear club of injustice with the nuclear sword of justice.
As far as the paradox of the United States is concerned referring to the activities of the DPRK for increased self-defensive capabilities and peaceful outer space development as "threats" and "provocation", it is merely an excuse to justify its aggressive hostile policy towards our country and its strategy to achieve hegemony in Asia. And the argument that sanctions should be imposed because of the "threats" and "provocation" is a flagrant violation of the UN Charter and the international law and it is a gangster-like logic with no reasonable legal ground.
The DPRK of today is not the DPRK of the 1950s that did only have rifles to fight the nuclear armed United States, and the times of the United States that has been blackmailing the DPRK with nuclear weapons are gone forever.
The United States should squarely look at the strategic position of the DPRK that has joined the rank of the global nuclear and military powers with its unfathomable strength, and should keep prudence and self-control. Furthermore, the United States should drop the anachronistic and hostile policy towards the DPRK and should come out to conclude the Peace Agreement.
Under the leadership of the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un, the Korean people are directing all efforts to building a powerful socialist country.
Clarifying the faith and will of our people and service personnel to cut off the chains of sanctions, blockade and pressure of the hostile forces and to reach the highest peak of a socialist power, Kim Yong Nam referred to the viewpoint and position of the DPRK on the issue of strengthening the position and role of the NAM.
He said that the NAM nations should struggle to achieve the cause of global independence, the common desire and aspiration of humanity, under the banner of anti-imperialist independence and should take its proper position as a powerful anti-war and peace-loving force and give full play to its role.
He called on the NAM nations to strive for genuine international justice and adhere to the principles of attaching importance to the unity and cooperation, putting aside differences in their views, and enhance an organizing ability and an ability of action of the NAM in the international arena including the United Nations.
Upholding the behests and exploits of the great Comrade Kim Il Sung and Comrade Kim Jong Il, the Government of the DPRK will be committed, as in the past, to the ideal of the NAM for the building of a peaceful and prosperous world and fulfill its responsibility and role as a member of the NAM to strengthen and develop the global independence and the NAM, he stressed. -0-
DPRK FM Spokesman Demands Pullout of U.S. Forces from S. Korea
Pyongyang, September 7 (KCNA) -- September 8 this year marks 71 years since the U.S. military occupation of south Korea.
A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK in a statement Wednesday said that the 70-odd history of the U.S. forces' presence in south Korea has been the one in which war, confrontation and escalation of tension have persisted on the Korean peninsula, adding that the U.S. forces in south Korea are a cancer-like entity harassing peace and security on the Korean peninsula and in the region and bringing the dark clouds of a thermonuclear war. The statement went on:
After the end of the Second World War the U.S. occupied south Korea under the pretext of "disarming" the Imperial Japanese Army. Since then it, pursuant to its aggressive scenario for domination of Asia and world, divided the territory of Korea and the Korean nation and has inflicted the war disaster on the Korean people.
For the past six-odd decades since the signing of the Armistice Agreement, the U.S. introduced into south Korea and its vicinity huge aggression forces including nuclear weapons and staged the DPRK-targeted war exercises under various codenames, steadily escalating the tension on the Korean peninsula and in the region.
The situation on the peninsula has constantly been put beyond control amid the evil cycle of escalation of tension. This is attributable to the arms buildup of the U.S. and the joint military exercises for aggression staged every year with the U.S. forces in south Korea as main force.
The U.S. forces in south Korea have turned into "strategic task force" capable of intervening in any dispute in the region under the signboard of "strategic flexibility" and this has made its aggressive nature clearer. Recently, THAAD which includes even countries around Korea within the radius of operation was decided to be deployed in the U.S. forces in south Korea.
The situation clearly proves that unless the U.S. forces are withdrawn from south Korea as early as possible, it would be impossible to expect lasting peace and security on the peninsula and in Northeast Asia.
We opted for nuclear weaponization to safeguard the sovereignty, right to existence and peace and security of the country to stand up against the U.S. extreme hostile policy toward the DPRK and its threat of a nuclear war, and are bolstering up the nuclear deterrence for self-defence in every way, regarding it as its strategic line to simultaneously push forward economic construction and the building of nuclear force.
The U.S. has to clearly face up to the strategic position of the DPRK which ranked itself among the nuclear powers and the trend of the times and roll back its anachronistic hostile policy toward the DPRK, replace the Armistice Agreement with a peace treaty and withdraw its aggression troops and war means from south Korea at once. -0-
DPRK FM Spokesman Lashes at Ulji Freedom Guardian
Pyongyang, August 22 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry made public the following statement Monday:
The U.S. is again bringing the grave danger of a nuclear war to the Korean peninsula.
On August 22 it started Ulji Freedom Guardian joint military drill targeting the DPRK with many forces deployed in south Korean, Japanese and other overseas bases, south Korean puppet forces and huge war means involved.
The large-scale joint military drill for aggression being staged by the U.S. in collusion with the south Korean puppet forces despite repeated warnings of the DPRK is a grave military provocation aimed to launch a preemptive nuclear attack on the DPRK from A to Z and a challenge to regional peace and stability.
The military drill is an unpardonable criminal act of pushing the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a war as the situation there has become unprecedentedly instable due to the U.S. introduction of nuclear strategic bombers, THAAD and other strategic assets into the peninsula and its vicinity.
The U.S. is creating an evil cycle of tensions while ceaselessly staging offensive joint military exercises for aggression and bolstering up armed forces. Lurking behind this is a scenario to create again the same most extreme situation as that in August last year at any cost and thus introduce more strategic assets into south Korea under this pretext, justify the formation of the U.S.-Japan-south Korea triangular military alliance and maintain military hegemony in this region.
Detente, peace and security on the Korean peninsula and in the region would not be unthinkable unless the U.S.-south Korea joint military exercises for aggression are totally halted.
We have chosen the way of building nuclear force to protect our state and social system from the U.S. constant nuclear threat and taken hold on the strategic line for bolstering up nuclear force.
It is the consistent stand of the DPRK government to fundamentally terminate the danger of a nuclear war posed by the U.S. by dint of the powerful nuclear deterrence and defend the regional and global peace.
The U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK and nuclear threats including ceaseless war exercises for aggression are bound to meet the resolute and merciless counteraction by the army and people of the DPRK. -0-
DPRK FM Spokesman Accuses U.S. of Pulling up DPRK over Issue of Religious Freedom
Pyongyang, August 12 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to the question put by KCNA Friday as regards the fact that the U.S. pulled up the DPRK over the issue of religious freedom:
The publication of the "2015 International Religious Freedom Report" by the U.S. Department of State more clearly proved that the U.S., the sworn enemy of the Korean people, remains unchanged in its hostile intention to destabilize the DPRK and bring down its social system at any cost under the pretext of "protection of human rights" and "freedom of religion."
The U.S. has already lost elementary qualifications to talk about human rights as it has outrageously interfered in the internal affairs of sovereign states in various parts of the world and infringed upon the sovereignty of other countries and nations under the deceptive signboard of "protection of human rights" and "democracy."
Finding it hard to bring down the DPRK by force of arms, the U.S is now making last-ditch efforts to tarnish its international image and stir up the atmosphere of putting international pressure on it by kicking up the anti-DPRK "human rights" racket.
Under this situation the DPRK will bolster up in every way its self-defensive military capabilities with nuclear deterrence as a pivot in order to safeguard its power and revolution. -0-
NPCK Spokesman Calls for Struggle for Pullback of U.S. Forces from S. Korea
Pyongyang, July 28 (KCNA) -- After deciding to deploy THAAD in south Korea, the U.S. recently transferred a battery of PAC-3 to the base of U.S. imperialist aggressor forces in Kunsan, North Jolla Province of south Korea from the U.S. Air Force's Kadena base, Okinawa.
Earlier, the U.S. decided to deploy on a permanent basis nuclear-powered submarine Mississippi and super-large nuclear-powered Ohio, which had entered Pusan Port, in the waters surrounding the Korean peninsula. The U.S. is blustering that it would additionally deploy improved PAC-3 MSE, whose maximum altitude is twice that of PAC-3 now deployed in the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces present in south Korea.
A spokesman for the National Peace Committee of Korea (NPCK) said in a statement on Thursday:
These are extremely dangerous military provocations as they further escalate the tension on the Korean peninsula and disturb the regional peace and security.
To force the U.S. imperialist aggressor troops to pull out of south Korea is the basic way of foiling the U.S. frantic armed buildup for a nuclear war and preventing a nuclear war disaster on the peninsula.
The U.S. troops in south Korea are like a time bomb planted in the powder keg for a nuclear war and the withdrawal of the U.S. troops is the most urgent matter which brooks no further delay.
The struggle to defuse the danger of a nuclear war on the peninsula and guarantee the regional peace and security should start from pulling the U.S. troops out of south Korea.
The DPRK, which joined the front rank of nuclear powers, is now fully ready to cope with all forms of wars to be ignited by the U.S. imperialists, and the U.S. troops in south Korea will be the primary target of our merciless deadly strike.
The U.S. should properly face up to the strategic position of the DPRK and the trend of the times and behave itself and pull the aggressor forces and war equipment out of south Korea without delay.
If the south Korean authorities sincerely hope for peace and reunification, they should roll back their despicable sycophantic pro-U.S. policy and make a resolute decision to withdraw the U.S. aggressor forces from south Korea, as unanimously demanded by all Koreans. -0-
Spokesman for KPA Panmunjom Mission Urges U.S. Forces in S. Korea to Go Home
Pyongyang, July 20 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Panmunjom Mission of the Korean People's Army (KPA) issued a statement on Wednesday, sixty six years since the U.S. usurped the OPECON of the south Korean puppet army.
The statement said: The so-called "Taejon Agreement" was concluded in July 1950 due to the U.S. wicked design for realizing its military domination over the whole of Korea and the Syngman Rhee traitorous clique's foolish dream about a "north expedition" with its master's backing.
The agreement was recorded in the history of national division as tragedy and shame in which the U.S. imperialist aggression forces' exercise of the south Korean puppet army's OPECON is guaranteed by "law".
One of the main reasons why the world points south Korea as the complete U.S. colony and its 51st state is that the former has been subject to humiliation of having transferred the elementary military right to the outsiders over sixty six years, century after century.
Today when power precisely means justice, nothing is more foolish and miserable to entrust one's destiny to others.
It is none other than the south Korean puppet army, subsidiary troops which can not act at will even a moment without the approval and permission of the U.S. imperialist aggression forces in south Korea going under the mask of the "UN Forces", and the land of darkness is exactly south Korea as it can make no protest even if it is mercilessly trampled down under the boots and armored vehicles of the brigandish outsiders.
Whenever the south Korean people turned out in an action against the U.S., the latter left no means untried to maintain the OPECON, main means for its permanent presence in south Korea, at any cost.
The U.S. imperialists made public without any hesitation their intention to postpone the period of transfer of the OPECON for an indefinite period until the puppet forces provide three conditions: "creation of security climate" on the Korean peninsula, its "attainment of major military capacities" and its "attainment of ability for coping with the north's nuclear weapons and missiles" by instigating the Park Geun Hye group of traitors to stop the controversial issue of transfer of the OPECON from being snow-balled.
The U.S. is mulling keeping control of the OPECON at any cost even by making a cock-and-bull and impudent excuses which can never work on anyone as it has a sinister scheme which it cannot abandon the OPECON.
In case the U.S. imperialists transfer the OPECON to the puppet forces, they will lose not only the pretext for staying in south Korea but also the excuse for interfering in the Korean issue.
The south Korean puppet forces are getting more and more dependent on the U.S. with their ambition to stand in confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the north and realize their daydream about "unification through absorption" at any cost with the help of their master.
The dark curtain behind the OPECON is nothing but a clear indictment showing how persistent the U.S. imperialists' hostile policy toward the DPRK and south Korean puppet forces' moves for confrontation with it are and how scandalous the sordid burlesque waged by the master and its stooge to meet their interests is.
The U.S. imperialists and south Korean puppet forces would be well advised to properly face up to the trend of the times.
The KPA already solemnly declared that the U.S. imperialist aggression forces in south Korea are its first strike target and the puppet traitors following them would also meet the same fate.
The U.S. should go back home, abandoning its wicked intention for permanent stay in south Korea. This only would be a wise option for evading the coming final ruin even for a moment. -0-
U.S. Should Be Sternly Judged as Heinous War Criminal State, Human Rights Abuser: Spokesman for DPRK FM
Pyongyang, July 13 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPR of Korea gave the following answer to the question put by KCNA on Wednesday as regards the announcement of an official report in UK on unreasonable Iraqi war:
At the end of its seven-year survey, the committee for the probe into the truth about the Iraqi war, organized by the UK government in 2009, announced a report concluding that the Iraqi war ignited by the U.S. in 2003 was illegal and unreasonable.
The report noted that the U.S. allegation about Iraq's "production of biochemical weapons" and the "threat of its WMDs", a direct motive of the war, was totally groundless and the Iraqi war was launched despite the opposition of the most member nations of the UN Security Council.
As the UK officially admitted the illegality of the Iraqi war which was unleashed by the U.S. fabrication called "threat of WMDs", it was proved once again that the U.S. is, indeed, the root cause of state terrorism, human rights violations and all misfortune in the world.
The U.S. can never evade the blame for the massacre of many innocent Iraqi civilians, chaos in Iraq and the international security threats such as Islamic extremism, terrorism and refugee crisis in the Mideast region.
The U.S. should be sternly judged by mankind as a heinous war criminal state and human rights abuser as it unhesitatingly hatched mean plots and perpetrated war of aggression in a bid to realize its ambition for domination.
Nevertheless, the U.S., styling itself an "international judge", is more undisguisedly committing interference in internal affairs of other countries and encroachment upon their sovereignty like a thief crying "stop thief!"
Recently, the U.S. dared take issue with the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK while talking about the "human rights issue", not content with resorting to the moves against it. This is the worst crime which can never be pardoned.
All facts clearly prove that the only way of defending the sovereignty of the country and nation is to bolster up one's own strength and how just the DPRK was when it decided to have the strongest military muscle for self-defense as now.
We will in the future, too, bolster up the war deterrent with the nuclear force as a pivot as firm as a rock and thus resolutely shatter the unheard-of vicious hostile acts and new war moves of the U.S. against the DPRK and firmly defend peace and security on the Korean peninsula and in the region. -0-
Spokesman for DPRK FM Raps U.S. Moves to Block DPRK's Economic Cooperation with African Countries
Pyongyang, June 19 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to the question raised by KCNA on Sunday as regards the foolish moves of the U.S. to block economic exchange and cooperation between the DPRK and African countries:
An assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of State during the recent visits to some African countries talked rubbish that "the nuclear threat from north Korea is not far away" and "the period that a nuclear weapon may be used again has come after the lapse of 70 years because of north Korea." Moreover, he reportedly claimed that African countries should break off all their relations with the DPRK if they are to evade the "nuclear threat."
As known to the world, the U.S. is the world's first country that made a nuclear weapon, the only user of it and the very one hell-bent on committing high-handed and arbitrary practices through nuclear threat and blackmail.
Such a country, masking its criminal colors, has gone so impudent as to groundlessly assert that the DPRK is posing "nuclear threat" to far-off Africa.
The DPRK's nuclear weapons are targeting not African countries but the U.S. persisting in its hostile policy toward the DPRK and serve as a treasured sword of justice to blow up the U.S., the den of all evils in the world.
It is no more than a clumsy trick that the U.S. seeks to tarnish the image of the DPRK and sow discord between the DPRK and African countries through all sorts of paradoxes and estrangement moves.
The traditions of friendship and cooperation between the DPRK and African countries are long-standing and historical ones that were forged and have developed since the early period of the struggle for independence and the building of new society in those countries. They are being further consolidated through mutually beneficial cooperation based on independence, equality and mutual respect.
As for the DPRK's cooperation with Uganda, it started at the request of the Ugandan government long ago and has given substantial help to the country. As a relevant contract has expired, the personnel of the DPRK are now withdrawing themselves from the country according to an agreement between the two countries.
Nevertheless, the U.S. is giving an impression that Uganda has ceased its cooperation with the DPRK under the pressure of the former. This is indeed ridiculous.
The U.S. act of openly instigating African countries to sever relations with the DPRK is bound to go belly-up under strong denunciation of the countries in the region as it is a blatant interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states standing for independence.
The government of the DPRK will as ever invariably boost its traditional friendly and cooperative relations with African countries in the idea of its foreign policy--independence, peace and friendship. -0-
Joint Conference of DPRK Government, Political Parties, Organizations Held
Pyongyang, June 9 (KCNA) -- A joint conference of the DPRK government, political parties and organizations was held at the People's Palace of Culture on Thursday to thoroughly carry out the policies for national reunification advanced by supreme leader Kim Jong Un at the Seventh Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK).
Present there were Kim Yong Chol, vice-chairman of the C.C., the WPK, Yang Hyong Sop, vice-president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, Kim Yong Jin, vice-premier of the Cabinet, the chairman of the C.C., the Korean Social Democratic Party, a vice-chairman of the C.C., the Chondoist Chongu Party, officials of public organizations and representatives of the DPRK government, political parties and organizations including the North Side Committee for Implementing the June 15 Joint Declaration, the North Headquarters of the Pan-National Alliance for Korea's Reunification and the North Headquarters of the National Alliance of Youth and Students for the Country's Reunification.
The joint conference discussed the item "On tasks of DPRK government, political parties and organizations to thoroughly carry out the policies for national reunification advanced by the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un at the Seventh Congress of the WPK".
Yang Hyong Sop said in a report that the line and policies for national reunification set forth by Kim Jong Un are the cream of his infinite loyalty and noble patriotic will to firmly preserve the idea of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il for national reunification and their leadership exploits and build a prosperous, reunified country on this land without fail.
The reporter went on: Kim Jong Un, having the firm determination and will to certainly achieve the independent reunification of the country by carrying out the last instructions of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il, laid down the independent line for national reunification as required by the prevailing situation and the times and has wisely led the struggle to achieve national reunification at a new high stage.
All the Koreans should consistently adhere to the Juche-oriented line of national reunification advanced by Kim Jong Un and open up a broad avenue to reunification.
They should hold high the banner of national independence in the struggle for achieving national reunification.
They should hold high the banner of great national unity on the road of achieving national reunification.
They should make positive efforts to ensure peace and security on the Korean peninsula and achieve reunification by federal formula.
What is urgent for achieving the independent reunification of the country is to fundamentally improve the inter-Korean relations.
It is necessary to respect the agreements common to the nation and consistently implement it.
The reporter called upon all Koreans to turn out as one in the nation-wide struggle to build a dignified and prosperous reunified power, an envy of the world, on this land at any cost by thoroughly carrying out the policies for national reunification advanced by Kim Jong Un.
Kim Yong Dae, chairman of the C.C., the Korean Social Democratic Party, Won Tong Yon, director of the Secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea, Jon Yong Nam, first secretary of the C.C., the youth league, Ju Yong Gil, chairman of the C.C., the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea, Kim Jong Sun, chairwoman of the C.C, the women's union, and Kang Ji Yong, chairman of the Religious Believers Council of Korea, made speeches.
The speakers fully supported and approved the new line and policies for national reunification advanced by Kim Jong Un at the Seventh Congress of the WPK, noting that they serve as the great programmes for national reunification as they clearly indicate the path of achieving the independent reunification of Korea at an early date and the patriotic banner of reunification to be held high to achieve the great unity of the nation and prosperity.
They stressed the need to get united as one irrespective of ideology and ism, political view and religious belief and wage a dynamic struggle to realize the great unity of the nation and the independent reunification of Korea and give further momentum to the reunification movement through solidarity and alliance with political parties, organizations and personages of social standings in south Korea supporting the three charters for national reunification.
They called for making all efforts to demonstrate the dignity and wisdom of the Korean nation and successfully hold events common to the nation for promoting the nation's reconciliation and unity on the occasion of the 71st anniversary of Korea's liberation as an immediate task.
An appeal to all Koreans was adopted at the joint conference. -0-
KPA General Staff Sends Notice to S. Korean Authorities
Pyongyang, May 28 (KCNA) -- As reported, the puppet military gangsters of south Korea sent many armed ships into the territorial waters of the DPRK from 5:53 on Friday to wait for a chance of provocation and then fired, without any prior warning, 40 mm rocket gun shells at an unarmed ferryboat of the Navy of the Korean People's Army, which was towing a boat.
This reckless military provocation was evidently prompted by a premeditated sinister plot to bedevil the north-south relations and further aggravate the tension on the Korean peninsula.
It is the wicked intention of the provokers to drive the situation of the hotspot in the West Sea of Korea to the worst phase by inciting the KPA to take a self-defensive counter-action against their escalated naval intrusion and reckless gunfire and then let the reactionary reptile media build up such wrong public opinion that the DPRK is chiefly responsible for "provocation" and "threat" and thus spoil the climate for dialogue between the north and the south.
It is well proved by the fact that soon after the military provocation, the south Korean puppet military issued an order to put its combat air division based in Suwon on standby for emergency sortie, pushing the situation in the said waters to an unpredictable extreme phase.
In this regard, the KPA General Staff on Saturday sent the following notice to the south Korean authorities who let the puppet military gangsters make a preemptive attack, defying the DPRK's good faith and magnanimity:
Firstly, the backstage manipulators of the case should apologize to the entire nation for the puppet military gangsters' reckless military provocation.
They will not escape a stern punishment by the nation as they invented the case and put it into practice to drive the situation in the volatile hotspot to the brink of explosion.
Secondly, from now on we will open direct fire on any warship of the south Korean puppet forces without warning, if it intrudes into the extension of the Military Demarcation Line of our side even 0.001 mm in the hotspot of the west sea.
The south Korean authorities are responding to our earnest call for dialogue with such reckless military standoff as naval intrusion and preemptive attack and to our efforts for detente with dangerous anti-DPRK war games. This action can never be pardoned.
They should be mindful that they would face our merciless retaliatory strikes anytime and at any place and in any way for such provocative action as responding to the just efforts for dialogue with reckless military confrontation.
If they dare challenge our self-defensive retaliatory strike, they will meet more powerful and successive counterattacks.
The future developments depend on their behavior. -0-