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S. Korean Authorities' Moves to Extend Intelligence Sharing Agreement under Fire

Pyongyang, September 5 (KCNA) -- A spokesman of the Consultative Council for National Reconciliation Tuesday released a statement to denounce the south Korean puppet authorities for recently agreeing with the Japanese reactionaries to extend the south Korea-Japan military intelligence protection agreement.

The statement said: The said agreement, which the Park Geun Hye group of traitors concluded with Japan in November last year under the pressure and backstage manipulation of the U.S., aims at the bilateral exchange of information on surveillance and espionage on the northern half of the Republic under the pretext of coping with the "nuclear threat from the north" and contingency. But it serves as a prelude for tightening a military nexus between south Korea and Japan and accelerating in real earnest the tripartite military alliance led by the U.S. in the main.

What merits a serious attention, in particular, is that it serves as an extremely dangerous and criminal sycophantic and treacherous agreement paving a broader road of reinvasion on the Korean peninsula for the Japanese reactionaries bent on the revival of militarism, dreaming of realizing the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" under the cloak of "exchange of intelligence."

The puppet authorities' act of extending the agreement following in the footsteps of traitor Park Geun Hye betrays the despicable design to stand in confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the north to the last in collusion with the Korean nation's sworn enemy.

The statement charged that such moves are little short of zealously toeing the hostile policy of the U.S. imperialists and Japanese reactionaries, which fault the measures of the DPRK for bolstering up the self-defensive nuclear force and work hard to provoke a nuclear war against it, and a heinous schme to stand in confrontation with the fellow countrymen.

It went on: The farce staged by the puppet regime to extend the agreement in the wake of the additional deployment of THAAD more vividly reveals their deep-rooted slavish submission and the shabby plight of the poor colonial stooges.

As long as the present puppet authorities of south Korea regard the policy of toeing the foreign forces as "a cure all," talking about "cooperation" with the sworn enemy crazy for wild ambition to invade Korea, the improvement of the north-south relations based on the spirit of By Our Nation Itself can not be expected. It is becoming ever clearer.
The puppet authorities will face strong anti-Japanese resistance of the south Korean public for their such foolish deed as pricking their own eyes with their fingers. -0-

DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hits U.S. Vice-President's Reckless Action

Pyongyang, August 19 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA on Saturday over the fact that the vice-president of the U.S. requested several countries in Latin America to sever diplomatic relations with the DPRK:

Recently, the vice-president of the U.S., during his junket to Chile, requested Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Peru to sever diplomatic relations with the DPRK.
This was not the first time for the U.S. to urge the countries which have friendly and cooperative relations with the DPRK to sever the diplomatic and economic relations with it.

The U.S. is exerting pressure on many countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe to break off all relations with the DPRK.
This high-handed measure only reveals the rabid selfishness and arrogance of the U.S. that intends to sacrifice the entire globe for its own interests, and shows that its hostile policy toward the DPRK has reached extremes.

The U.S. pressure to sever the relations constitutes outrageous interference in the internal affairs of independent sovereign states and an open challenge to international law and order that invite condemnation and rejection.
If the U.S. malicious campaign of sanctions and pressure against the DPRK is ignored and permitted, all other countries are bound to fall victim to its interference in their internal affairs.

The DPRK will continue to further strengthen and develop the friendly and cooperative relations with countries around the world on the principles of independence, peace and friendship.
No matter who may say what, the DPRK remains committed to its righteous and responsible efforts to frustrate the unjust and illegal sanctions and pressure campaign, defend the country's dignity and strategic status and realize genuine international justice. -0-

Statement of DPRK Government

Pyongyang, August 7 (KCNA) -- The Government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Monday issued a statement over the fact that the U.S. and other hostile forces, terrified at the growth of the DPRK's state nuclear force in quality and quantity, are steeped in the most intensive sanctions, pressure and provocations against it.

The statement says: On August 6, the U.S. framed up "sanctions resolution" 2371 at the United Nations Security Council which is geared to completely block the DPRK's economic development and improvement of the people's livelihood, branding its test-launch of ICBM as "a threat to international peace and security".

This UN "sanctions resolution", to all intents and purposes, is an outcome of diabolical attempts of the U.S. to isolate and stifle the DPRK, which constitutes a flagrant infringement upon its sovereignty and an open challenge to it.

The DPRK's access to the strongest nuclear force is a fair and legitimate measure for self-defense to protect the country's sovereignty and the nation's right to existence from the high-handed and arbitrary acts of the U.S. which has made it its business to pursue the policy of extreme hostility and pose nuclear threat to the DPRK well over half a century.

The successive test-launch of ICBM by the DPRK was a stern warning to the U.S. which, being entrenched far across the Pacific, wages reckless and perilous military provocation and despicable campaign of sanctions on the DPRK.

However, the U.S. goes more frenzied and desperate instead of accepting the DPRK's existence and learning to coexist with the latter. It is trying to drive the situation of the Korean peninsula to the brink of nuclear war, running amuck to conduct missile drill against the DPRK and deploying massive strategic equipment to the peninsula.

It was against this backdrop that the U.S. manipulated UNSC to rig up the "sanctions resolution" more heinous than ever, placing a total ban even on normal trade activities and economic exchange, thereby disclosing before the whole world its evil intention to obliterate the ideology and system of the DPRK and exterminate its people.

On the other hand, the U.S. causes such a racket with no time to wipe their mouth, making impudent remarks that it is considering the so-called military option targeting the DPRK.
There are countries to which the ridiculous threats of the U.S. are working and there are countries which lie prostrate at the bluff of the U.S.

The U.S. claiming to be the "only superpower of the world" and the DPRK's neighbors hardly any smaller in size than the U.S. are all so frightened at merely two ICMB test-launches by the DPRK that they are making much a scene baying at each other. Watching them go frantic only redoubles the DPRK's pride in the country's great might and reaffirms its faith that the path it had chosen is the only way to survive and prosper.

The DPRK has already gained everything it needed while having everything wanted in its hands through an arduous struggle under the harshest sanctions regime created by numerous UN "sanctions resolutions" adopted at the instigation of the U.S during the last several decades. It is only a forlorn hope to consider any chance that the DPRK would be shaken an inch or change its stance by the sanctions of this new kind imposed upon by the hostile forces.

As the U.S. launched full-scale provocation against the DPRK across all fields of politics, economy and military, nothing can alter the will and resolve of the army and people of the DPRK to respond by taking resolute retaliatory measures.

The DPRK Government solemnly states as follows to cope with the grave situation created by the frantic acts of the U.S. and other hostile forces;

First, the DPRK condemns in the strongest terms and totally rejects the anti-DPRK "sanctions resolution" of the UNSC rigged up by the U.S. and other hostile forces as a wanton infringement upon the sovereignty of the country.

The DPRK is taking measures to strengthen the self-defensive nuclear deterrence in order to counter the policy of extreme hostility and nuclear threat against it from the U.S., the biggest nuclear weapons state of the world. Terming these measures "a threat to international peace and security" is a gangster like logic indicating that the rest of the world should either become U.S. colonies serving its interests or fall victim to its aggression.

The countries, that openly pursue their ambition to maintain permanent nuclear hegemony by conducting most of the nuclear tests in the world and launching ICBM whenever they please, are adopting illegal and unlawful "sanctions resolutions" to incriminate the DPRK's bolstering of self-defensive nuclear force and enforcing those sanctions over its alleged "violation" of them. This constitutes the height of outrageous double standard.

As long as the U.S. hostile policy and nuclear threat continue, the DPRK, no matter who may say what, will never place its self-defensive nuclear deterrence on the negotiation table or flinch an inch from the road chosen by itself, the road of bolstering up the state nuclear force.

Second, now that the U.S. did forge the "sanctions resolution" by manipulating the UNSC to obliterate the DPRK's sovereignty and rights to existence and development, the DPRK will move into its resolute action of justice as it had already clarified.

The U.S. is acting absurd by resorting to the anachronistic sanctions and pressure campaign against the DPRK, instead of appreciating the strategic status of the DPRK and paying proper attention to its repeated warnings. The unwise conduct of the U.S. will only speed up its own extinction.

As the gangsters of the U.S. remain unabated in their mean and heinous provocation, the DPRK will further increase the strength of justice to thoroughly eradicate the cause of war and aggression and never back away from this fight to a finish.

Third, the DPRK will make the U.S. pay dearly for all the heinous crime it commits against the state and people of this country.

The U.S. once waged a tragic war that plunged this land into a sea of blood and fire, and has been leaving no stone unturned to obliterate the DPRK's ideology and system century after century. The U.S. is sadly mistaken if it considers its mainland a safe haven for being on the other side of the ocean.

Those countries which were offered "thanks" from the U.S. as a reward for taking part in the conspiracy to invent the heinous "sanctions resolution" against the DPRK through their backdoor arrangement this time, too, would never be able to evade the responsibility for increasing the tensions on the Korean peninsula and jeopardizing peace and security of the region.
If the U.S. fails to act with discretion, persisting in its reckless attempts to stifle the DPRK, we will not waver or hesitate to use any form of ultimate means.

The DPRK will hold fast to the line of simultaneously developing the two fronts, the lasting banner of defending peace, and continue to march straight forward to the end of the road chosen by itself without the slightest deviation. -0-

Korean Women Organizations Calls for Final Settlement of Japan's Hideous Crimes

Pyongyang, July 24 (KCNA) -- The Women Sub-Committee of the North Side Committee for Implementing June 15 Joint Declaration, the Women Headquarters of the South Side Committee for Implementing June 15 Joint Declaration, the Central Standing Committee of the Korean Democratic Women's Union in Japan and the South Korean Women Association for Democracy in Japan sent an appeal to all compatriots at home and abroad Monday on the lapse of 110 years after Japan's fabrication of the "Jongmi Seven-Point Treaty".

The appeal said that the "treaty", Japan cooked up in a coercive manner by instigating pro-Japanese lackeys, was an illegal, brigandish and aggressive one unprecedented in history. Under the "treaty" Japan deprived Korea of sovereignty by completely controlling Korea's internal affairs and enforcing the "resident-general policy".

The appeal stressed that all hideous crimes committed by the Japanese imperialists against the Korean nation can never be written off and no statute of limitations is applicable to them.

Expressing the will of all Korean women in the north and the south and abroad to stand in the van of the struggle for forcing Japan, a sworn enemy, to pay for all its past crimes, it made the following appeal to the whole fellow countrymen at home and abroad:

Firstly, let us come out as one in the struggle for the final settlement of all hideous state-sponsored crimes committed by the Japanese imperialists against the Korean nation after illegally occupying Korea.

All Koreans in the north and the south and abroad should rise up and get thousand-fold price for the Japanese imperialists' aggression and thrice-cursed crimes that can never be pardonable.
Let's resolutely reject the pro-Japanese remnants' sycophancy and treachery conniving at and shielding Japan's hideous crimes!

Secondly, let's turn out in a nation-wide struggle to get compensation from Japan for the crime of sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army unprecedented in history without fail.

Let us fully disclose the truth behind Japan's sexual slavery crime before the world and decisively foil the shameless and cunning moves of Japan to evade its responsibility for the crime and cover it!
Let us totally nullify and repeal the humiliating and illegal "agreement" on sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army concluded by pro-Japanese traitorous forces with Japan!

Thirdly, let's intensify the struggle to smash Japan's scheme for revival of militarism and reinvasion and frustrate its unreasonable hostile acts against the Korean nation.

In Japan, "Tok Islets are part of Japan's territory" are still heard and such claim is written in the defense white paper and textbooks and the ruling quarters are visiting the Yasukuni Shrine to revive militarism.

All Koreans at home and abroad should never tolerate but thoroughly smash Japan's shameless attempt for grabbing Tok Islets.
Let us conduct more vigorous activities to check the conclusion of military agreement and the strengthening of "alliance" with Japan, an act of paving the road for Japan's reinvasion and selling the interests of the nation!

Let the whole Korean nation turn out against the Japanese authorities' unreasonable and vicious political crackdown upon the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan and Koreans in Japan and abuse of their human rights!

Women organizations in the north and the south and abroad express expectation and conviction that all the compatriots would courageously come out in the nation-wide patriotic struggle to make Japan pay for all its past hideous crimes and defend the dignity and sovereignty of the Korean nation. -0-

DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesman Brands U.S. as Hotbed of Human Trafficking

Pyongyang, July 13 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry Thursday gave the following answer to the question put by KCNA as regards the fact that the U.S. is being driven to a tight corner for trying to admonish other countries, posing itself as a "human rights judge":

The whole world knows that the U.S. is the kingpin of human rights violation and the hotbed of human trafficking.
In the U.S., over 67,000 women are being subjected to sexual assaults every day, 100,000 children are forced into prostitution every year and child trafficking is on the explosive increase. These facts that reveal the terrible human rights situation of the U.S are merely a tip of an iceberg.

The U.S. is the only country that refuses to accede to the international conventions on prohibition of human trafficking such as the Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which almost all countries of the world are state parties.

Recently, two thematic special rapporteurs of the UN Human Rights Council raised questions about the process of the trial of a person with mental disabilities in the U.S. and called for the withdrawal of death sentence passed on the person. This is another expression of international criticism and indignation at the judicial system of the U.S. that fosters human rights violations.

Nevertheless, the U.S. continues to fabricate what they call "Trafficking in Persons Report" every year to admonish other countries. This is the height of imprudence and shamelessness.
The U.S. Department of State recently published the "2017 Trafficking in Persons Report" in which it took issue with human rights situations of other countries. Many countries were so enraged that they unanimously rejected all the findings of the report, terming it a fraudulent document full of absurd fabrications, and condemned the U.S. as the main base of human trafficking.

In particular, Russia flatly rejected the U.S. "report" as a groundless lie which spelled out such nonsense that the Korean workers at "labor camps" in Russian territory were undergoing "forced labor". It proves once again that the U.S. is the kingpin of fabrications and falsehood.

The U.S. should stop being presumptuous and quit acting like a "human rights judge" at once. It had better try and find ways to clean its own filthy home, the world's worst wilderness, biggest abuser and the most vicious state criminal of human rights. -0-

U.S. Secretary of State's Remarks Slammed by DPRK Foreign Ministry

Pyongyang, June 30 (KCNA) -- A spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA on June 30 with regard to the "2017 Trafficking in Persons Report" published by the U.S., in which it took issue with the DPRK:

The U.S., unanimously condemned by the international community as the world's worst wilderness of human rights and kingpin of human trafficking crime, again talked nonsense about the fabricated situation of "trafficking in persons" of other countries, behaving impertinently as if it were a "human rights judge".

In particular, the U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson nowadays keeps making abusive remarks about the DPRK whenever he opens his mouth and this time he uttered malicious words such as "forced labor" about the DPRK workers who are serving abroad under the legal contracts with respective countries.

This fully shows to what extent the reckless maneuvers of the Trump administration have gone in its attempt to isolate and stifle the DPRK.
The U.S. secretary of state will only earn the fame of an ignorant person who has completely lost the sense of reality if he thinks they can frighten the DPRK with the "human rights" racket and the game of sanctions.

The ragtag team of Trump including Tillerson may vociferate about "human rights" until their throats go sore and cling desperately on to the sanctions campaign, the DPRK simply regards it as the last-ditch effort by those in their last breath and as a shriek of fear by those who are scared of the power of the DPRK that grows with each passing day.
The Trump team should learn a due lesson from the Obama group that took a crushing blow when they impudently attempted to offend the supreme dignity of the DPRK, trumpeting about the "human rights".

The U.S. should clean its own filthy land, the den of evils, where all sorts of crimes including murder, mugging and human trafficking are rampant, instead of running foolish and amuck to preach the world with the bunch of rubbish titled "Report on Trafficking in Persons" that they fabricate every year with so much zeal and energy.

The army and people of the DPRK are vigilantly following the morbid confrontational hysteria of the Trump team, which is growing reckless against the DPRK, and are fully determined to mercilessly sweep away all the gang of evils including Tillerson.
The U.S. would be well advised to behave with discretion for its own good. -0-

CPRC Statement on Anniversary of June 15 Joint Declaration

Pyongyang, June 14 (KCNA) -- The Committee for Peaceful Reunification of the Country (CPRC) of the DPRK Wednesday released the following statement "A new era of development of the north-south relations and the independent reunification should be opened in the noble idea of By Our Nation Itself":

Now all Koreans in the north and the south and abroad are greeting with deep emotion the 17th anniversary of the publication of the historic June 15 joint declaration which ushered in the era of a U-turn in the history of struggle for national reunification full of ups and downs.

They vividly remember the day when the leaders of the north and the south declared the adoption of the June 15 joint declaration, warmly holding their hands. The thunderous cheers of hurray for national reunification which resounded forth across the country at that time are still thrilling all Koreans.

The June 15 joint declaration was adopted to reflect the noble intention and will of all Koreans to bring down with their joint efforts the barrier of division laid by outsiders and to bring reconciliation, unity, peace and prosperity to the land of confrontation where distrust and hostility prevailed. It will remain as the great programme for reunification common to all Koreans, no matter how much water may flow under the bridge.

Had the north and the south taken the path paved by the June 15 joint declaration, a landmark for reunification in the new century, and its practical programme October 4 declaration without vacillation, the gate to national reunification, the long-cherished desire of all Koreans, would have been flung open.

But the north-south relations, which had advanced along the road of harmony and prosperity, sustained serious setbacks and reached total catastrophe due to the U.S. persistently seeking to hinder the Korean nation's reunification and the desperate confrontation moves of the pro-American regimes that appeared in succession under its backstage manipulation. The glorious June 15 era has completely gone.

Traitors Lee Myung Bak and Park Geun Hye turned back the clock of history, desperately obstructing the advance of the nation toward reunification, far from sweating for it. Their thrice-cursed crimes can never be pardoned for all ages and they will have to pay dearly for their sins.

Unheard-of all-people resistance broke out in south Korea to put an end to the Park Geun Hye regime. This miserable fate of Park Geun Hye was due punishment meted out on those who betrayed the country to serve the U.S. against the public mindset, and it was a stern warning to them.

Now that a dramatic regime change has been witnessed in south Korea as a result of the struggle of the public strongly desirous of national reunification and development of the north-south relations, the attention of Koreans and other peoples in the world is focused on the new crucial decision and option to be made by the authorities of the north and the south.

All Koreans ardently hope that all evil things caused by the anti-reunification forces' nine years in power would be cured as early as possible and the whole country from Mt Paektu to Mt Halla would again be prevalent with the strong spirit of national reunification.

Out of the firm will to create a new chapter of the development of the north-south relations and national reunification, as unanimously expected and desired by all Koreans in the north and the south and abroad, the Committee for Peaceful Reunification of the Country of the DPRK clarifies the following principled stand on the occasion of the 17th anniversary of the June 15 joint declaration:

1. Whoever was born on this land should hold higher the banner of independence, the banner of By Our Nation Itself and adopt the transparent stand to dedicate to the improvement of the north-south relations and the sacred cause of national reunification.

National independence is a fundament guarantee and a basic principle for the solution of the reunification issue.
As the situation around the Korean peninsula gets more complicated and acuter, we should hold higher the banner of independence in dealing with the issue of the nation, the issue of national reunification, and as outsiders get more undisguised in their intervention and arbitrary practices, we, Koreans, should hold our hands more tightly. This is an absolute truth proven by the practical efforts made for the national reunification.

For the past nine years when south Korea was ruled by the conservative group, the north-south relations plunged into the worst stalemate. It was because the group put the outsiders above the nation and valued cooperation with outsiders more than the nation's interests and openly pursued the policy of submitting to the U.S.

No outsiders ever want the Korean nation getting reunified and growing stronger. This is a serious lesson taught by the long history of the national division.
Following the U.S., the ferocious unwelcome guest and principal enemy standing in the way of settling the reunification issue of the Korean peninsula, being backed by it, would not help achieve the great cause of national reunification. This is proven by the developments of the north-south relations that have undergone turns and twists.

But the new authorities in south Korea, oblivious of this bitter lesson, are making insincere words and acts from the first day of their office, seriously tarnishing the prospect for the north-south relations.

They get themselves busy, talking about "envoy diplomacy" and "telephone diplomacy" while kowtowing to big countries for no good reason. Calling for "strengthened south Korea-U.S. alliance" almost every day, they have buckled down to making preparations for flattering visit to the White House.

Even at this moment, riff-raffs of all descriptions from the U.S. political circle, Congress and military fly into south Korea to tame Chongwadae but the south Korean authorities are only keen on showing hospitality and currying favor with them without saying even a proper word for fear of courting displeasure of their master.
Was any difference made today from the days of Park Geun Hye when she only acted as a woman of pleasure while begging this or that country to help her prop up her regime.

National reunification requires no one's approval nor can it be achieved with the help of others.
If the present south Korean chief executive truly speaks for the candlelight demonstrators and if he has the blood and soul of the nation, he should make a bold decision to part with the disgusting and servile act which would be of no help to maintaining national independence.

Time has changed today and the initiative of settling the reunification issue is in the hands of the Korean nation itself, not any outsiders. The south Korean authorities should clearly understand this.
If one is not able to move even a step at one's own will, being shackled by the chain of sycophancy toward the U.S. despite their lip-service for "new era" and "new politics", one can never be able to solve the north-south relations let alone the reunification issue.

One who takes to flunkeyism would be fool and the nation which follows flunkeyism would ruin. This is a bitter lesson taught by history.
The south Korean authorities should make a crucial decision at a crossroads of independence or submission to outsiders and By our nation itself or "south Korea-U.S. alliance", and should never forget that herein lies the prospect for the improvement of the north-south relations and the settlement of the reunification issue.

2. The south Korean authorities should bear in mind that the road to reunification and rosy future of the nation will be opened when they accept promoting national unity as immutable truth, away from confrontation idea hostile toward the compatriots.

National reunification is the great cause of rejoining the severed blood ties of the nation and achieving national unity.
The great national unity leads to reunification and reunified powerful country.
It is our consistent will to unite irrespective of ideology, social system, ism and political view for the great intention for national reunification.

The north-south confrontation will be aggravated and the nation cannot dodge conflicts and war if they do not allow the ideas and social systems existing in the north and the south but force upon other side their own regarding them as absolute.
When we go united, we will prosper, but divided, we will lose everything.

Koreans should give up hostility to compatriots and open the new chapter of reconciliation and unity in order to radically improve the north-south relations as desired by the entire nation.
However, the present south Korean authorities fail to pass the "red line" of confrontation drawn during the conservative regime. They claim "the government and army of the north are enemy", expressing the will to continue sanctions and pressure on the north. Even they unhesitatingly reveal the sinister intention to use wicked means and methods for "collapse of social system in the north" sought by the conservative group.

It is something new in its appearance but is the replica of the confrontation policy pursued by the past regime in its main substance.
Far from welcoming the north's measures for bolstering its capability for self-defence recognized by other countries, the south Korean authorities openly seek sanctions and pressure against the north in collusion with the U.S., branding them as "threats and provocations". This is an expression of the will of the present south Korean regime to pursue confrontation policy against the compatriots in the north.

Confrontation with the compatriots is the treacherous behavior following the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK and sanctions and pressure are a vivid expression of hostility to the latter.
That's why calling for improved relations pursuing the "strategy for carrying out sanctions and dialogue, pressure and contacts side by side" is a foolish act and self-deception.

We call for recognizing the opposite side as companion of reunification and joining hands to open the new horizon of national reconciliation and unity, not for visits between few non-governmental organizations shirking the settlement of the fundamental problems.
Such trick is nothing helpful but brings bigger disasters.
If the south Korean authorities have no will to recognize and respect the north and give up confrontation and hostility to the compatriots, we have no idea to force them.

The confrontation between social systems will finally lead to physical conflict, and then we are compelled to choose reunification by non-peaceful way. Bearing this in mind, the south Korean authorities should take the responsible option.

3. We make it clear once again that it is our invariable stand that measures to remove the acute military tensions on the Korean peninsula should be urgently taken before anything else.

Peace and security on the peninsula is a vital issue related to the destiny of our nation and this serves as indispensable premise for national reunification.
Despite our devoted and persevering efforts to ensure the peace on this land, unheard-of acute military tensions in history prevail on the peninsula and no one can guess when and where a nuclear war will break out.

Moreover, the U.S., taken aback by the fact that the pro-American conservative regime fell in south Korea and the entire Korean nation's interest in improved north-south relations and reunification is mounting, is busy staging the largest-ever war maneuvers everyday by introducing huge nuclear war forces into the peninsula and its vicinity to push the military tension to the extremes.

What matters is that the present south Korean authorities, who vociferate about an "epochal turn" for peace on the peninsula during their term of office, are pro-actively joining in the robber-like aggression war moves of the U.S., persistently faulting the fellow countrymen's measures for bolstering their nuclear force.

After its emergence, the new regime of south Korea has caused such dangerous situation unprecedented in history as simultaneous introduction of two nuclear-powered carrier strike groups of the U.S. to the waters off the peninsula. And it has been staging more frantic aggression war exercises against the fellow countrymen, frequently introducing formations of nuclear strategic bombers such as B-1B, nuclear-powered submarine and other nuclear strike means into south Korea.

When viewing the present situation, people at home and abroad unanimously express anxiety that it is hard to escape a disaster of nuclear war, far from expecting "lasting peace and prosperity" touted by the chief executive of south Korea.
Under such grave situation, peace can be ensured only by strength for self-defence enough to beat any formidable enemy at one blow, not concession and submission to the aggressor.

We could no longer allow the U.S. persistent nuclear threat, blackmail and aggression war moves that have continued for centuries, and so we have provided the world's strongest military capability for self-defence with nuclear force as a pivot.
We desire peace more than anybody else and do not want the war disaster to be suffered by our nation again.

However, if the U.S. and its vassal forces finally make reckless attack, we are fully ready to blow up the aggressors and their bulwark with treasured nuclear sword of justice. Our nuclear strike means are so precise that they can destroy not only nearby nuclear strike assets of the U.S. but also gouge out even the aggressors entrenched in its mainland across the ocean.

If the south Korean authorities truly want peace, they should not pull up the DPRK's nuclear forces for self-defense, the most dependable and realistic guarantee for peace of the Korean peninsula, but take steps to put a halt to the U.S. aggressive and war-like deeds.
In particular, they should no longer cling to the reckless military provocation aimed to defend the illegal and bogus "northern limit line" in the hotspot waters of the West Sea. And they should go into action to remove the danger of armed conflicts in land, sea and sky including the areas of the Military Demarcation Line and defuse the military tensions.

Now the south Korean authorities should be mindful that they stand at the crossroads of life whether they will leave a proud mark in the nation's history by improving the north-south relations together with us or follow the miserable suit of predecessors, staggering at while reading outsiders' faces.

Now that the DPRK emerged a dignified nuclear and rocket power, steadfast is its stand to open up a broad avenue to independent reunification by bringing about a great turn and change in the north-south relations.
We take this opportunity to ardently call upon all compatriots in the north and the south and abroad to more valiantly turn out in the nationwide struggle for ushering in a new history of improved north-south relations and independent reunification through strict embodiment of the spirit of the June 15 joint declaration. -0-

Japanese Authorities Warned of Inciting Pressure and Sanctions on DPRK: Foreign Ministry Spokesman

Pyongyang, May 30 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry released the following statement on Monday:
The DPRK's measures for bolstering nuclear force are a legitimate exercise of the right to self-defence by a sovereign state to put an end to the escalating moves of the U.S. for a nuclear war and firmly guarantee peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and the region.

But, Japan is branding the measures for self-defence as "threat" and "provocation".
The chief executive of Japan reeled off a litany of balderdashes about the strict implementation of "sanctions resolutions" and the necessity of adopting a new resolution during the G-7 Summit recently held in Italy, claiming that now is the time to put pressure on the DPRK, not have dialogue with it. The chief Cabinet secretary, the foreign minister and other ministers of Japan vied with each other in vociferating about an additional "independent sanctions" against the DPRK.

Japan incites pressure and sanctions against the DPRK here and there. It is aimed at providing a legal justification to push ahead with its militarization by cooking up a fascist law at any cost under the pretext of "threat" from the DPRK.

Now voices are loudly ringing from among the people and political circle in Japan against the moves of right-wing forces to revise its "Pacifist Constitution" into a war constitution so as to turn Japan into a war state and put the whole country under watch and fascistize it under the signboard of "measures against terrorism".

It is an extremely foolish act that the Japanese authorities are running amuck to realize the wild ambition for revival of militarism and reinvasion while branding the DPRK's measures for self-defence as "provocation" and "threat".

The DPRK does never pardon but keeps tabs on new crimes committed by Japan while taking an issue with even the DPRK's exercise of sovereignty, far from repenting of all its past hideous crimes against the Korean people.
As already declared, the DPRK will make more highly precision and diversified nukes and nuclear striking means till the U.S. and its vassal forces come to their senses and make a proper choice.

Only the U.S. military objects for aggression in Japan have been within the optical sight of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army. But if Japan persists in hostility toward the DPRK, following the U.S. and not properly seeing the reality, the target of the DPRK will be changed. -0-

[Joint Statement of 102 Peace Activists]

Now Is the Time for Dialogue on Denuclearization and Not Military Action That Will Escalate the Crisis on the Korean Peninsula.
We, undersigned peace-loving people around the world, are deeply concerned about the current escalating tension in Northeast Asia and urge governments to have peaceful dialogues among each other rather than taking military actions.

The state of affairs on the Korean Peninsula is more volatile than ever, now that President Park has been impeached and new government is to be constituted through an early presidential election in South Korea. The Trump administration, in the meantime, is fueling the escalating tension even further with messages that it will not rule out a preemptive strike on North Korea, and that it will redeploy strategic nuclear warheads to South Korea if necessary.

The situation is further destabilized by the Trump administration’s decision to send an aircraft carrier to waters near the Korean Peninsula. The latest military stance and strategy of Washington, however, completely overlooks the desire of Koreans for peace. The Kim Jong-un government in Pyongyang meanwhile has warned of another upcoming nuclear test it intends to conduct, poised as it is to show off its growing nuclear capabilities.

An existing crisis is already escalating in Northeast Asia over the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system that the South Korean and U.S. governments have decided to deploy in South Korea. All these acts of military bravado, taking hostage the lives and peace of Koreans, must cease now. It is time for policymakers to be responsible and return to dialogue and negotiations and stop fueling the growing tensions.
Therefore, we exhort the US administration and political leaders of North and South Korea.

Withdraw the decision to deploy the THAAD system, part of the U.S.-South Korea-Japan Missile Defense system, in South Korea.
The South Korean and U.S. governments have decided heavy-handedly, without the consent of the Korean legislatures and despite strong public objections, to deploy the THAAD system to Seongju, South Korea. The two governments claim that such a decision is necessary to protect South Koreans against possible nuclear strikes by North Korea, but the claim is backed by little realistic evidence. South Korea is too close to North Korea for THAAD to be effective.

The North only needs low-altitude missiles, to hit and destroy the South in a matter of a few minutes, and these missiles could not be intercepted by THAAD. Moreover, the THAAD system has never been proven effective in actual battle. The deployment of THAAD by the U.S. Army in South Korea represents the South Korea-U.S.-Japan alliance against China and effectively symbolizes South Korea siding with the Americans over the Chinese.

The presence of such an openly hostile missile defense system gravely disrupts the prospects for peace in Northeast Asia. Beijing and Moscow have already warned that they would take “corresponding measures” in response to the deployment, with the Chinese government and businesses now engaged in unofficial but retaliatory economic sanctions against South Korea. The growing instability and arms race in Northeast Asia will only undermine international efforts for a peaceful resolution of the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula.

What we need now is to resume dialogue towards denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a genuine end to the Korean War.
Pyongyang must desist from further testing of its missiles and nuclear capabilities. We cannot support the development of weapons that directly contradict international efforts for nuclear disarmament and that hold the lives and safety of innocent people hostage. It is critical to resume dialogue and negotiations to root out the nuclear threats to the entire region and to achieve the much-needed transition from the Armistice’s ceasefire to a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

In doing so, we ought to admit the failure of the past sanction- and neglect-centered policies that insisted, unrealistically, that the government in Pyongyang either renounce its nuclear program prior to negotiations or collapse. With the end of nuclear diplomacy, the Kim government did nothing but augment its nuclear and missile capabilities, complicating the situation still further. We realize that countless military drills and the acquisition of cutting-edge weapon systems no longer guarantee peace and security. The perpetual political tension and military hostility can end only through dialogue and negotiation. Honest talks hold the only wise solution to the current predicament.

The Korean Peninsula can no longer afford to exist as a powder keg waiting to be ignited by the chronic military tensions and the constant arms race. This is among the first and foremost place where international efforts to tackle the nuclear problem and overcome the old Cold War legacy should begin. We need to start making serious efforts for peace, not only for the two Koreas, but also for Northeast Asia and the world at large.

We urge the Trump administration, the Kim government, and the newly elected President of South Korea to listen to the desire of people worldwide for peace and resist the temptation to ratchet up military tensions on the Korean Peninsula for political gain.

2017. 5. 16

공동성명 연명자
Akiko Yoshizawa(The Association for military base free peaceful Okinawa in Japan, Co-chair), Akira Asada(Sinsyu University, Professor Emeritus), Alfred L .Marder(US Peace Council, President), Alice Slater(Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, New York Representative), Ann Wright(Veterans for Peace, Colonel), Arnie Saiki(Moana Nui Alliance, Coordinator), Ayumi Temlock(Member of New Jersey Peace Action), Bruce K. Gagnon(Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, Coordinator), Bruce Kent(Pax Christi UK, Vice President), Changsoon Chang(Musician), Chiaki Lee(The citizens of Matsue in Japan), Christine Ahn(Women Cross DMZ, International Coordinator), Colin Archer(International Peace Bureau, Retired Secretary-General), Corazon Valdez Fabros(International Peace Bureau, Co-Vice President), Daisuke Yamaguchi(Peace Depot Japan, Researcher), David McReynolds(War Resisters International, Former Chair), David Otieno(The Global Campaign on Military Spending Africa, Convener), David Swanson(World Beyond War, Director), David Webb(Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Chair), Dieter Deiseroth(IALANA Germany, Member of the Academic Council), Ellen-Rae Cachola(Women's Voices Women Speak, Organizer), Harumi Ishino(Osaka International University, Professor Emeritus), Hiroki Tanaka(Blue Legion), Hiroko Suzuki(Montreal Save Article 9), Hiromichi Umebayashi(Peace Depot Inc, Special Advisor), Hitomi Taniguch(Anti-War Committee of Yawata), Ichiro Yuasa(Peace-Depot, Vice-President), IWAKAWA Yasuhisa(Interpreter/translator), Iwase Hiroko, J. Enkhsaikhan(Blue Banner, Chairman), Jacqueline Cabasso(Western States Legal Foundation, Executive Director), Janis Alton(Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Co-Chair), Jim Albertini(Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action), Julia Matsui Estrella(Pacific Asian Center for Theologies and Strategies (PACTS)), Juliane Drechsel-Grau(IALANA Germany, Board Member), Jun Tisaka(Japan Peace Committee, Secretary General), Kataoka Akira(Peace Committee of Kyoto, Chair of the board), Kawasaki Akira(Peace Boat, Executive Committee Member), Kazuhiro Furuoya, Kazuyuki Yamada(The Wind from Yonaguni Island), Kenji Ago(Seinan Gakuin University / Japanese and Korean Citizens’ Peace Solidarity against Nukes, Professor Emeritus), Kevin Zeese(Popular Resistance, Co-Director), Kip Goodwin(Kauai Alliance for Peace and Social Justice, Communications Director), Kitamura Megumi(Hiroshima religious peace council affiliation), Kiyoko Takahashi(Article9 Association group in Hadano/Peace Depot), Koji Sugihara(Network Against Japan Arms Trade, representative), Koohan Paik(International Forum on Globalization, Asia-Pacific Program Director), Kouitirou Toyosima, Kristine Karch(International Network No to War - No to NATO, Co-Chair), Kuni Nagatomo(Japanese Constitution Article9), Kyle Kajihiro(Hawai'i Peace and Justice, Board member), Leah Bolger(World Beyond War, Chair Coordinating Committee), Lucas Wirl(International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms(IALANA) Germany, Executive Director), Lynette Cruz(Hui Aloha Aina o Ka Lei Maile Alii, President), Maki Sasaki, Makoto Yanagida(No-Nukes Plaza Tanpopo-sya, Co-Representative), Margaret Flowers(Popular Resistance, Co-Director), Masako Watanabe, Masami Ono(Retired Teachers), Meri Joyce(Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, (GPPAC), Northeast Asia Regional Liaison Officer), Michael Pulham(Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament), Michie Ichihara(Gallery of Life, President), Mitsumasa Ohta(Wind of Citizens toward Uniting for Peace), Monique Salhab(Veterans For Peace, Secretary, National Board of Directors), Muto, Ichiyo(People’s Plan Study Group), Nagase Riei(Board Member, Board Member), Nami Morita(KAFTI, Director), Naomi Klein(Author), Noam Chomsky(MIT, Retired Instituted Professor), Nomura Osami, Noriko Kuju(Peace-Life-Ignatio-A9), Otto Jaeckel(IALANA Germany, Chair), Patricia Pulham(Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament), Pete Shimazaki Doktor(Hawai`i Okinawa Alliance, Co-Founder), Peter Becker(International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA), Co-President), Phyllis Creighton(Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day Coalition, Board member), Reiner Braun(International Peace Bureau, Co-President), Ronald Fujiyoshi(Ohana Ho`opakele, Treasurer), Sachiko Mikami, Sato Daisuke(No Nukes Asia Forum Japan, General Secretary), Shigehiro Terajima (Labornet-TV), Shigeru Nakamura(Article9 Association group in Hadano), Shimazu Rumi(The One Thousand Against War Committee), Shin Chiba(International Christian University, Professor), Shizue Tomoda, Suda Minoru(Ritsumeikan University, Professor Emeritus), Sukla Sen(EKTA (Committee for Communal Amity), Activist), Sumi Hasegawa(McGill University, Retired Faculty), Taikei Kokubu(Shinshuu ?tani-ha Ansenji Priesthood, Shinshuu ?tani-ha), Takeda Takao(NIPPONZANMYOHOJI), Tarak Kauff(Veterans for Peace, Board of Directors), Taro Abe(Nagoya Gakuin University, Professor), Tutihashi Ryoko, Wataru Mikami, Will Griffin(The Peace Report), Wolfgang Alban(IALANA Germany, Board Member), Yasunari Fujimoto(Forum for Peace, Human Rights and Environment (Peace Forum), Co-President), Yasuo Takagi, Yayoi Tsuchida(Japan Council against A and H Bombs (Gensuikyo), Assistant General Secretary), Yoshinobu Toyoda, Yoshioka Tatsuya(Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, Northeast Asia Regional Representative), Yoshiyuki Ishino(Anti-War Committee of Yawata Kyoto) 이상 102명

DPRK Warns U.S., S. Korean Intelligence Agencies of Merciless Punishment: Ministry of State Security

Pyongyang, May 5 (KCNA) -- The Ministry of State Security of the DPRK released the following statement Friday:
The last-ditch effort of the hostile forces, taken aback by the strong spirit of the DPRK dashing toward the final victory of the cause of Juche revolution, has gone beyond the limits after reaching the extreme phase.

The recent hysteria about "beheading operation" and "preemptive attack", openly staged by the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet military warmongers at the doorstep of the DPRK, is just the tip of the ice berg of those moves.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the U.S. and the Intelligence Service (IS) of south Korea, hotbed of evils in the world, hatched a vicious plot to hurt the supreme leadership of the DPRK and those acts have been put into the extremely serious phase of implementation after crossing the threshold of the DPRK.

A hideous terrorists' group, which the CIA and the IS infiltrated into the DPRK on the basis of covert and meticulous preparations to commit state-sponsored terrorism against the supreme leadership of the DPRK by use of bio-chemical substance, has been recently detected.

The murderous demons of the IS who conspired with the CIA ideologically corrupted and bribed a DPRK citizen surnamed Kim, the then worker of the timber industrial branch in the Khabarovsk Territory of Russia in June 2014, and turned him into a terrorist full of repugnance and revenge against the supreme leadership of the DPRK.

They hatched a plot of letting human scum Kim commit bomb terrorism targeting the supreme leadership during events at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun and at military parade and public procession after his return home.

They told him that assassination by use of biochemical substances including radioactive substance and nano poisonous substance is the best method that does not require access to the target, their lethal results will appear after six or twelve months, bio-chemical substance can be added in cooperation with the CIA if one single correct information is obtained, the component of terrorism-purposed bio-chemical substance is the know-how of the CIA and it is only the CIA that can produce such substance, and that hardware, supplies and funds needed for committing terrorism against the supreme leadership will completely be borne by the IS. Then they handed him over 20 000 U.S. dollars on two occasions and a satellite transmitter-receiver and let him get versed in it.

In the end, they gave him assurances of IS that they would keep his duty concerning terrorism against the supreme leadership as secret, and infiltrated him after appeasing and blackmailing him that his families would not be scot-free in case he fails to carry out the duty.

In January, May, August and September of 2016 IS agents had satellite contacts with Kim who resided in Pyongyang. The IS agents gave instructions to choose and report the most effective and safe method with high probability of success while presenting him various terrorist methods using biochemical substances along with operational code of terrorism against the supreme leadership, the ways of bribing an object who would directly carry out the terrorist act and ways of entering the grounds of events.

On August 12, 2016 they gave him an instruction to collect and send as much information as possible concerning the surrounding environment of event ground where celebrations are held frequently, guard situation there and orders observed at times of events, saying that once concrete and detailed data are given, they would study the most reasonable way in cooperation with the CIA.

Urging him to set up an overseas liaison center for the safe introduction of equipment, materials and fund for the terrorist acts, they financed him 100 000 U.S. dollars on two occasions for setting up the center and bribing terrorist accomplices.

In March and April last an IS agent Jo Ki Chol and his secret agent Xu Guanghai, director general of the Qingdao NAZCA Trade Co. Ltd., met the terrorist accomplice in Dandong of China and handed him over new satellite transmitter-receiver and 50 000 U.S. dollars. They signed a "contract" on setting up the overseas liaison center and let the necessary equipment and materials be introduced as the first installment in early May.

On April 7 a guy surnamed Han, chief of the IS team, taught Kim the way of bribing terrorist accomplices, saying that "even the U.S. CIA uses gradual engagement with due consideration given to the greed and mentality of persons depending on which class and strata they belong" and told him to use it as a reference in engaging terrorist accomplices to be infiltrated to the event ground.

On Nov. 4, 2016 and on April 13, 17 and 20 this year they let Kim know that they officially confirmed the types of bio-chemical substance and hardware to be used for committing terrorist act against the supreme leadership and requested it to the CIA, and instructed him to restudy the "creed" of the terrorist executor and reconfirm the state of "brainwashing" of him and report about them. They also repeatedly instructed him to take the best measure for the examination and preparations for the terrorist operation, as there can be such catastrophic incident as a war once the fact about terrorist means and funds provided by the IS is known.

The chief of the south Korean puppet Intelligence Service Ri Pyong Ho praised the terrorist as a "very valuable existence for the nation and 'IS'" and directly organized the terrorist operation and let the chief of the IS team Han and agent Jo Ki Chol take the lead in executing it. The puppet forces gave the terrorist more than 80 instructions for the execution of the operation.

Recently the CIA and the IS actively spread the story about "emergency situation in the north" while trumpeting about advantages of terrorism by use of biochemical substances as such way can minimize the adverse effect on the executor and the back-stage manipulator and help evade retaliation against the assailant side and international denunciation. Lurking behind the story was the heinous plot that has been pushed forward in top secrecy.

The DPRK Ministry of State Security clarifies as follows upon authorization since the hysteria of the U.S. and the south Korean puppet intelligence institution aimed to hurt the dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership has reached the dangerous phase which can no longer be overlooked:

1. We will ferret out and mercilessly destroy to the last one the terrorists of the U.S. CIA and the puppet IS of south Korea targeting the dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership.

We do not view the recent hideous crime just as an act of encroachment on the security and sovereignty of the state that can be committed by dishonest hostile forces.
The recent case was the most vicious challenge and the declaration of a war aimed to hurt the mental mainstay that all the Korean people absolutely trust and repose and to eclipse the eternal sun of the DPRK. It is the fixed will of the army and people of the DPRK that they can never tolerate even dreaming about such a crime.

Criminals going hell-bent to realize such a pipe dream cannot survive on this land even a moment. This is a stern punishment made on behalf of the human conscience and in the name of all Koreans.

The Ministry of State Security whose mission is to safeguard the leader, the social system and the people will ferret out to the last one the organizer, conspirator and followers of the recent hideous state-sponsored terrorism even by ransacking the whole earth, in reflection of the will of the army and people of the DPRK burning their hearts with hatred and wrath against the hideous murderous devils, no matter at which corner of the planet they may be.

2. Korean-style anti-terrorist attack will be commenced from this moment to sweep away the intelligence and plot-breeding organizations of the U.S. imperialists and the puppet clique, the most mean and brutal hideous terrorist group in the world.

Even though we wipe out all those villains involved in the recent hideous state-sponsored terrorism, there is no vouch that the enemies would stop maneuvering as long as the chieftains and the plot-breeding bases remain.

It is not a secret that the U.S. imperialists and the puppet group of traitors are getting all the more reckless with each passing day and their moves are spearheaded against the supreme headquarters of the Korean revolution.
It is as clear as noonday that such heinous crime targeting the supreme headquarters of the Korean revolution would continue to be attempted, as long as the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet group of traitors remain unchanged in their hostile policy toward the DPRK and there are CIA and IS running amuck as a spearhead in executing the policy.

Therefore, it is our determination to root up all the dens of plot and trick like CIA and IS, the source of all evils in the world, and a series of more powerful our-style anti-terrorism striking actions will begin immediately.

3. All the countries and peoples of the world that value justice and peace should resolutely turn out in the sacred struggle to terminate the heinous terrorist act committed by the U.S., kingpin of terrorism and chieftain of plot, and the south Korean puppet group of traitors.

The present international situation proves that terrorism is a common enemy to humankind and the world would have no moment of peace unless terrorism is eradicated.
The bloody terrorist acts of CIA and IS backed by the U.S., the empire of evil, in different parts of the world surpass terrorism which is said to be perpetrated by "Islamic State" forces.

Nevertheless, the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet group of traitors have often brought charge of "terrorism" to anti-U.S. states and resorted to unprecedentedly hideous terrorism without hesitation under the pretexts of "anti-terrorism war", "opposition to biochemical weapons", "sponsor of terrorism", etc.

The heinous crime, which was recently uncovered and smashed in the DPRK, is a kind of terrorism against not only the DPRK but the justice and conscience of humankind and an act of mangling the future of humankind.

The world free from fear of terrorism is no more than a daydream, as long as there exist in it such groups of bloodthirsty felons as CIA and IS, common enemies hoodwinking and trifling the humankind and outrageous destroyers of the earth.
The honest peace-loving peoples of the world should wage a joint struggle to put an end to all sorts of inhumane plots, arbitrariness and evildoings that ruthlessly trample down their desire for peace and stability.

The U.S. and the south Korean puppet group of traitors should clearly see their dirty looks as bloodstained homicidal maniac and make an apology to the DPRK for their atrocious state-terrorism and inhumane crime and immediately put the criminals to a death penalty.
If they continue to make challenges in disregard of the DPRK's warning and common desire of humankind, they are bound to meet nothing but the most miserable end in history. -0-

Press Release of North Preparatory Committee for Pan-Korean Conference

Pyongyang, April 21 (KCNA) -- The north-side preparatory committee for the pan-national conference for peace and reunification of the country and development of north-south relations Friday made public the following press release:
The second working meeting of the north, south and overseas sides for pan-national conference for peace and reunification of the country and development of the north-south relations was held in Shenyang of China on April 11 and 12.

Attending it were executive members of the north, south and overseas preparatory committees for pan-national conference.
The meeting informed of activities conducted by the north, south and overseas side preparatory committees since the working meeting early in February and discussed the working issues arising in the preparation for the pan-national conference and the immediate action program.
Its participants confirmed again that the pan-national conference should become a grand gathering involving representatives from all walks of life including the authorities and vowed to realize the pan-national conference without fail within this year.

For the present, the north, south and overseas sides agreed to jointly celebrate the 17th publication anniversary of the June 15 Joint Declaration and hold the third working meeting of the three sides for pan-national conference on this occasion.
During the period of the meeting, there took place working contacts among representative of various strata including workers, farmers and women in the north and the south.

It was agreed at the contacts to promote such joint events as meeting of representatives of organizations of workers and farmers between the north and the south, their meeting and football match between the workers of the north and the south in the period of celebrating the publication anniversaries of the north-south declarations from June 15 to October 4. -0-

Spokesman of KPA General Staff Blasts U.S. Double Standards

Pyongyang, April 10 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army (KPA) answered the question put by KCNA on April 10 as regards the fact that the U.S. is pulling up the KPA over its measures for self-defence while shamelessly conniving at the provocative actions of its stooges.

Noting that the U.S., accustomed to groundlessly taking issue with the DPRK, went reckless in its anti-DPRK campaign even in the UN arena with riff-raffs involved, describing each military drill of the KPA as a "serious provocation" and "threat", the spokesman said:
This reckless action of the U.S. hell-bent on the hostile policy toward the DPRK is not something new and surprising.
However, the double-dealing approach taken by the U.S. towards the provocative actions of its stooges against the DPRK can never be overlooked.

The south Korean puppet forces are now claiming that "they could strike the whole of the north" and that "they would deploy ballistic missile Hyonmu-2 with the firing range of 800km for an actual battle within this year" but the U.S. keeps mum about it as we expected.
This is a brazen-faced stance quite different from its reaction to the routine rocket firing exercise of the KPA.

Crystal clear is the reason why the U.S. is resorting to such mean gimmick. The U.S. seeks to stifle the DPRK by force at any cost, even discarding any decency and impartiality.
It shows the true colors of the U.S. styling itself the world's "judge".

Emboldened by their master's unfair double standards and double-dealing attitude of making profound confusion of right and wrong, the south Korean puppet warmongers and the Japanese reactionaries, are now going reckless, not afraid of any punishment from the Heaven.

The U.S. should ponder over the serious consequences to be entailed by its self-righteous and unilateral actions against the DPRK.
The south Korean warmongers and the Japanese reactionaries had better stop behaving foolishly.
The brigandish double standards of the U.S. can never be pardoned. -0-

KPA General Staff Warns U.S., S. Korean Forces of "Special Operation"

Pyongyang, March 26 (KCNA) -- The U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet forces are busy staging madcap joint military drills for aggression with more than 300 000 troops, U.S. nuclear carrier Carl Vinson and B-1B and other nuclear strategic assets involved.
The on-going saber-rattling under the simulated conditions of an actual war assumes more serious nature as its goal is to carry out the "special operation" aimed to eliminate in advance "the person" of the DPRK with "the right to issue an order" and destroy major strategic targets for the purpose of checking the rapid bolstering of nuclear deterrent of the army and people of the DPRK and depriving it of the right to use nukes.

At least 3 000 U.S. troops or treble those involved last year are taking part in the "special operation" being conducted as part of the rehearsals. They include the Ranger Unit of the 75th Airborne Regiment of the U.S. Army, the Green Berets Special Units Nos. 1 and 19, the 353rd Special Warfare Corps of the Air Force, the 1st, 3rd 5th and 7th teams of the First Special Warfare Corps of the Navy, two battalions of the First Stryker Brigade of the 25th Division of the Army, one battalion of the 66th Armored Regiment and the 31st Naval Expedition Corps of the Marines.

A particular mention should be made of the fact that Navy Seal and Delta Force belonging to the joint special warfare headquarters called "detached force of the White House" are hurled into the "operation" at the direct instruction of the U.S. president.

The U.S. imperialists and the south Korean warmongers do not hide the fact that the scenario of the "special operation" being staged by the ill-famed units is mainly aimed at carrying out the "beheading operation" for "removing the headquarters of the north" and the "preemptive attack" operation for blowing up the nuclear and rocket bases.

Through a spokesman's warning statement, the General Staff of the Korean People's Army (KPA) on Sunday said that all moves assume more dangerous adventurous nature as they are nothing but last-ditch efforts and final gambling of the U.S. imperialists and the puppet military warmongers who are fated to meet destruction owing to the total bankruptcy of the hostile policy toward the DPRK and the policy of confrontation with the compatriots in the north. And it further said:

The General Staff of the KPA warns the hideous provocateurs as follows with regard to the situation that has reached an extreme phase which should not be overlooked:

1. The General Staff declares the KPA's stand to mercilessly smash the enemy's moves with its own style of special operation and preemptive attack, now that the sinister aim of the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean war maniacs' "special operation" to hurt the dignity of the DPRK's supreme leadership has become clear and they disclosed even the dangerous attempt at "preemptive attack."
They are sadly mistaken if their brigandish "special operation" and "preemptive strike" would work on this land guarded by the powerful revolutionary Paektusan army though they claim they proved successful in other countries and regions.

2. They should be mindful that the KPA will deal deadly blows without prior warning any time as long as the operation means and troops of the U.S. and south Korean puppet forces involved in the "special operation" and "preemptive attack" targeting the DPRK remain deployed in and around south Korea.
The KPA will not remain a passive onlooker to hordes of robbers trying to hurt our people with daggers.

3. Once the enemy launches the said "operation and strike", they will only bring about a historic event in which the U.S. imperialists will face a miserable doom and the south Korean puppet forces a final ruin.
It is the centuries-old tragedy that the U.S. and the south Korean forces still don't know how foolish and futile their attempts to hurt the supreme leadership of the DPRK and infringe upon its sovereignty are, though they have stood in standoff with the latter for decades.

They should think twice about the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by their outrageous military actions.
The KPA's warning is not hot air. -0-

All Out People's Action to Shatter Nuclear War Moves against DPRK Called for

Pyongyang, March 7 (KCNA) -- The north, the south and overseas headquarters of the Pan-national Alliance for Korea's Reunification (Pomminryon) released a joint statement on March 7 denouncing the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military maneuvers of the U.S. and south Korean military warmongers.

The statement said that the U.S. and south Korean warmongers are openly claiming the on-going nuclear war maneuvers are preemptive strike drills for invading the north, throwing away their trite signboard that they are "annual" and "defensive" in a bid to fool the public opinion at home and abroad.

The statement branded the madcap joint saber-rattling as a blatant challenge to the desire of the nation for the peace of the country, improved north-south relations and independent reunification and as unpardonable war provocation to violate the sovereignty of the Korean nation and bring a nuclear disaster to Korea.

Pomminryon will never tolerate the U.S. and its vassal forces' criminal scenario to bring the dark clouds of a nuclear war to hang over this inviolable land but take the lead in the courageous nationwide struggle for checking it as declared before the nation at the recent 17th meeting of its co-chairmen, the statement noted, and continued:

Pomminryon will conduct a more dynamic nationwide struggle for forcing the U.S. troops out of south Korea at the earliest possible date with a view to eliminating the root cause of war from the Korean peninsula and building a lasting and solid peace-keeping mechanism by firmly joining hands with the people from all walks of life at home and abroad.

Pomminryon will sternly judge the conservative ruling forces of south Korea making desperate efforts to seek a way out in confrontation with fellow countrymen and war, backed by the U.S., the sworn enemy and principal enemy of the nation, and definitely usher in the second June 15 era of reunification pervaded with the atmosphere of national reconciliation, unity and reunification, freed from a war.

The statement appealed to all Koreans at home and abroad to turn out in the struggle for smashing the reckless nuclear war moves of the U.S. and its vassal forces and opening up a new phase of the peace of the country, improved north-south relations and independent reunification this year. -0-

IIS Discloses Desperate Human Rights Situation in Japan

Pyongyang, February 21 (KCNA) -- The Institute of International Studies of the DPRK on Tuesday released an indictment exposing the desperate human rights situation in Japan, a "democratic state ruled by law."
According to the indictment, Japan is mercilessly trampling underfoot the rights of the working masses under the signboard of "material prosperity" and "rule of law."

During the general elections in 2014, the turnout of voters was only 52% and an opinion poll found that more than 40% of the voters supported no political party. The people's nonconfidence in politics, the highest in the world, is a testimony to the political system of Japan, where privileged circles cut a wide swathe.

Japan empowered law-enforcement organs to oversee the people's ideas and restrict and violate the freedom of speech and expression by laws and regulations that run counter to the Constitution.
In Japan which pursues anti-social labor policies, violations of the human rights such as overworking death, power harassment, wage gap and unemployment, are rampant and the people's right to survival is being threatened.

38% of the working population are part-time workers and Internet cafes are turned into shelters for the destitute people.
A handful of wealthy people, numbering 40, possess assets valued at 15.4 trillion yen, whereas the "working poor" living on the earnings under the poverty line number 17 million and the number of poor households reached 1.46 million in 2012. The differential in the yearly income between the employers and employees was 100 times at the maximum and 44 times on average in the fiscal year of 2014, typical examples of the phenomenon of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.

The working masses have to pay not only taxes and insurance but other miscellaneous levies by the authorities.
In Japan, 24 025 persons committed suicide in 2015 alone, 66 persons a day on average.
The indictment says that in "advanced" Japan, the women, children, elderly and disabled, the most vulnerable strata in society, are victims of all social evils.

Women accounted for 70% of the part-time workers and the children, who are denied access to nurseries, numbered 1~3 million as of March 2016.
About 90 000 cases of child abuse were reported in the period between March 2014 and late March 2015. The number of ill-treated children grew more than seven times in the last 15 years.

The sexual assault against children, reported in 2015, numbered 1 938 cases. Teachers' ill-treatment of students and students' violence against teachers totaled 224 540 cases in the academic year of 2015. Juvenile crimes, officially registered in 2014 alone, numbered 48 361.

The rate of the elderly living under the poverty line is 34.3%; 10.47 million persons, or one-third of the aged population, are living with such small supplementary allowances that they are unable to get a medical check-up, let alone enjoy the benefits of rest home and other facilities.

This situation has given rise to the social problem of increasing the rate of crimes committed by the elderly; the criminal cases involving the elderly aged over 65 numbered more than 23 600 in the first half of 2015, according to the statistics published by the Police Agency, far exceeding the number of crimes committed by the youth and children in the same period.

Japan is the desert of human rights where racial discrimination and contempt for other nations are deep-seated, the indictment says, adding:
The Ainus, indigenous inhabitants of Japan, had settled in and around Hokkaido. Owing to the assimilation policy pursued by the successive governments there now remain about 24 000, a small proportion of which are estimated to be able to speak the Ainu fluently. This is because many of them decided to conceal their identity in fear of unequal treatment.

Under the Foreigner Internship System, Japan accepts, on an annual basis, about 100 000 foreign workers. This system, characterized by poor working conditions, overtime labor and discriminatory wages, is castigated as a hotbed of modern-day slave labor and corruption by international human rights watchdogs.

The majority of illegal immigrants in Japan, totaling 200 000, are women engaged in the entertainment industry. As there exists no legislation prohibiting human trafficking and criminal organizations work hand in glove with government organs, brothels of foreign women are scattered throughout the country.

Japan's hostility towards the Koreans resident in Japan is the epitome of national chauvinism, the indictment points out, and goes on:
The Japan authorities defined Chongryon (General Association of Korean Residents in Japan) as an institution to which the Act for the Prevention of Sabotage is applicable, though it is a legitimate organization of the DPRK's overseas citizens that respects the laws of Japan and does not interfere in its internal affairs. They crack down upon and vilify Chongryon, keeping its affiliates and their members under constant surveillance and shadowing and plotting against them.

They are denying the citizenship of Koreans resident in Japan: they treat as a common noun the word "Korea" in the Nationality column of the foreigners' registration card, and dub the legitimate permanent residents as stateless, as part of its attempt to naturalize them.

On account of this citizenship issue they have deprived those Korean residents of their political rights. Worse still, they discriminate severely against them in their economic and cultural activities, especially in such realms as employment, school enrolment, residence and marriage, pension and health insurance.

For unjustifiable excuses and conditions, the Japanese authorities disallow the re-entry of Korean residents after a visit to their homeland, hampering such fundamental humanitarian activities as meeting relatives and visiting their birthplaces and ancestral graves.

They had the subsidies for the Koreans' schools left at the discretion of autonomous bodies. And they impose taxes on the donations to the Koreans' schools from Koreans. They intentionally excluded these schools from the list for the higher education support system, which had been enforced on April 1, 2010, thereby wreaking havoc on their educational environment and impeding the building of their material foundations.

The above facts give a glimpse of Japan's deplorable human rights situation, showing that its crime-ridden history continues, the indictment says, concluding:
On the international arena Japan makes much ado about other countries' "human rights issue." This is a foolish, cunning trick to bury its heinous crimes into oblivion and cover up its own human rights situation. -0-

CPRC Spokesman Blasts S. Korean Unification Minister's Anti-DPRK Rubbish

Pyongyang, February 3 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Policy Department of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country (CPRC) of the DPRK issued a statement Friday denouncing the south Korean puppet unification minister's remarks inciting confrontation with the DPRK.
Unification Minister Hong Yong Phyo at a recent plenary meeting of the policy advisory committee of the Unification Ministry zealously shielded Park Geun Hye's policy of confrontation with the DPRK, saying "the Park regime made painstaking efforts to advance the denuclearization of the north while maintaining consistency in its policy". He also talked rubbish about "unification of social systems", jabbering that "it is hard to settle the denuclearization without change of the north" and "its nuclear issue must be viewed as a unification issue".

At a "gathering of homesick people" held in Rimjin Pavilion, he groundlessly faulted the DPRK while talking about "solution of the issue of divided families" and even trumpeted about leading the north to "denuclearization" and "changes" in cooperation with the international community.

The statement branded this as last-ditch efforts to quell the ever-growing south Korean public's demand for the improvement of the north-south relations and save Park who is breathing her last. It continued:
Hong is a top-class cat's paw who worked as a mouthpiece for Park, enough to put into the shade the spokesman for Chongwadae, as he zealously supported Park's policy for escalating confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the north, the policy against the nation and reunification, since her early days of office.

Through his recent confrontation remarks he proved himself to be in the same boat with Park Geun Hye and Choe Sun Sil.
As for his crimes, Hong is a matchless traitor as bad as Park and Choe, and he is more dead than alive, deprived of any qualifications to breathe under the same sky as others. Hong had better wait for his doomsday, well aware that he has to stand trial together with Park. -0-

CCNR Spokesman Urges S. Korean Authorities to Stop Confrontation Moves

Pyongyang, January 12 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Consultative Council for National Reconciliation (CCNR) Thursday made public a statement as regards the confrontation racket and war frenzy being kicked up by the south Korean authorities from the outset of the new year.
Denouncing the south Korean authorities' reckless act as an intolerable mockery of the good faith and magnanimity shown by the DPRK out of patriotism and a blatant challenge to the desire and wish of the nation, the statement clarified the following principled stand of the DPRK:

The south Korean authorities should sincerely look back on the outcome of their persistent policy of confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the north and make a fresh start with a decisive resolution to break with the wrong past.

They should not brand our principled stand as a "sleight of hand to shift over the responsibility for the stalemate of the south-north ties" and "typical unification front offensive", but stop senseless act of faulting the DPRK's Juche-oriented measures for bolstering defence capabilities and groundlessly slandering the most advantageous Korean-style socialism under the pretexts of "provocation" and "human rights".
They had better do what they should do, though belatedly. understanding that their policy for confrontation with the fellow countrymen is a foolish act and their act will only invite their own ruin.

The south Korean authorities should bear in mind that sycophancy toward the U.S. is not a way out for keeping their remaining days.
They should get awakened from the silly and ill-minded illusion that they can survive only in reliance on the U.S.
They should make a switchover in its policy, not by "denuclearization of the north" but by denuclearization of the U.S., and seek a way out in anti-U.S. struggle, not in pro-U.S. acts.

The south Korean authorities should immediately respond to the north's patriotic proposal for mending the inter-Korean relations and opening an avenue to independent reunification.

They should promptly stop any act of going against the desire of the nation and challenging the wishes of the times.
They should clearly understand that it is the wisest act and the ultimate option to hold hands of good faith and magnanimity held out by the DPRK out of its desire to join efforts in the road of reunification, not asking about the wrong past.

If the south Korean authorities continuously resort to the confrontation racket and war moves going against the aspiration and demand of the nation and the trend of the times, they can never escape the severe punishment by the nation. -0-

DPRK Red Cross Hits U.S. for Resorting to Anti-DPRK Human Rights Campaign

Pyongyang, December 8 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Central Committee of the Red Cross Society of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA Thursday as regards the fact that the U.S. House of Representatives passed a "resolution" on the reunion of "divided families" of Korean residents in the U.S.:

The U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 29 passed a "resolution" demanding the DPRK allow Koreans in the U.S. to meet their families and relatives living in the north and take a "confidence-building measure" conducive to ensuring peace on the Korean peninsula.
After the passage of the "resolution," U.S. congressmen talk rubbish that "a cornerstone was provided for the reunion of separated families of 100 000 Koreans in the U.S." and "it is wish of the divided families in the U.S."

As acknowledged by the world, the U.S. is the chief culprit who caused the division of the Korean nation and thus spawned the issue of divided families and relatives and who is preventing their reunions by pursuing a hideous hostile policy toward the DPRK.
The U.S. brought huge aggression troops to south Korea every year and ceaselessly held provocative nuclear war exercises against the DPRK, deliberately scuttling the reunions of divided families and relatives in the north and the south and has persistently checked the visit of overseas Koreans to homeland by slapping sanctions against the DPRK and taking measures for stifling it.

This is the undeniable nature of the U.S.
The DPRK has so far kept the door open for overseas Koreans including those in the U.S. to visit their dear homeland any time and taken every sincere compatriotic measure to ensure their meetings with their families and relatives as desired by them.

However, U.S. Congress cooked up a "bill for supporting reunions of divided families in the U.S." in January 2008 and fabricated a "resolution" demanding for reunions this time. This is chiefly aimed to use this issue as a pretext for kicking up a human rights campaign against the DPRK and as a smokescreen for covering up the despicable nature as a criminal responsible for the division of the Korean nation under the veil of "humanitarianism."
The U.S. crafty moves to misuse even the reunion of divided families and relatives of Koreans in the U.S. for anti-DPRK human rights racket will only further reveal the U.S. sinister intention and impudence. -0-

NRC Spokesman on Park Geun Hye's Moves for Confrontation with Fellow Countrymen

Pyongyang, November 26 (KCNA) -- Recently traitor Park Geun Hye of south Korea summoned the riffraff to Chongwadae and held what they called "ceremony of conferring writs of appointment" to present "writs of appointment" to "provincial governors" of "five provincial committee of the north" and had a photo session with them.

In this regard, a spokesman for the National Reconciliation Council issued a statement on Nov. 25.
The "ceremony" represents Park's hysterics of escalating confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the north, the statement said, adding: This ridiculous action was prompted by her petty trick to calm down the angered people and prolong her remaining days at any cost by creating the impression that she is doing the "administration".

It went on: The council bitterly denounces the anti-DPRK action of Park, branding it as another unpardonable politically-motivated provocation and last-ditch efforts of a confrontational maniac driven into a dilemma.

The action was also prompted by the black-hearted intention to weather the worst crisis by creating the climate of the "security crisis" and "instability" after getting on the nerves of the DPRK.
No matter how desperately Park may try to overcome the ruling crisis through the confrontation, she can never avert or block the massive public protests.
Such a foolish act will only push her to her grave. -0-

Japan Urged to Behave with Decorum

Pyongyang, November 5 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Committee for Aiding Overseas Compatriots of Korea on Nov. 4 issued a statement denouncing the Japanese authorities and right-wing reactionary forces for making last-ditch efforts, much upset by the dignity and might of the DPRK, a nuclear power in the East.

Upon hearing the news of the successful DPRK's nuclear warhead explosion test, Prime Minister of Japan Abe at the extraordinary Diet session said that "it is a blatant challenge to the international community and unpardonable," crying out for "resolutely countering it in solidarity with the international community."

The gentries of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan cooked up even items of its independent sanctions such as expanding the list of re-entry of officials of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) after visiting their homeland to be banned, restricting money remittance and thoroughly blocking trade with the DPRK via third country and are working hard to enforce the items.

The House of Representatives and the House of Councillors of the Diet adopted a "protest resolution" over the DPRK's nuclear test for self-defence, vociferating about the shameful past history of Japan in which it fell victim to A-bomb explosion.
The statement ridiculed this as a poor behavior of the Japanese reactionaries internationally branded as a political dwarf.

What merits serious attention is that the Japanese reactionaries' anti-DPRK racket is an extremely grave political provocation as it is aimed at stamping out Chongryon, overseas citizens' organization of the dignified DPRK, and threatening the vital rights of Koreans in Japan, the statement said, and went on:
The sinister intention of the Japanese reactionaries is to put spurs to Japan's militarization and realize its old dream of "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" at any cost.

The Japanese reactionaries' all sorts of unethical and inhumane actions to suppress and stifle Chongryon and Koreans in Japan are unpardonable provocations against the DPRK.
The Japanese authorities had better behave with decorum, bearing in mind that their more reckless anti-DPRK, anti-Chongryon moves would only precipitate their most miserable final ruin in their own land. -0-

DPRK FM Speaks at General Debate of 71st UN General Assembly

Pyongyang, September 24 (KCNA) -- DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho who is heading its delegation made a speech at the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Friday.
He said he hoped the session under the theme of the "Sustainable Development Goals: A Universal Push to Transform Our World" would make a meaningful contribution to promoting peaceful development and prosperity of all countries.

Peace and security are the permanent theme of the United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) presuppose peace and security, he noted, and went on:
Even at this very moment when the UN aspires after transformation for sustainable development, the world is besieged with wild wind of terrorism, sweeping refugee crisis due to disturbances of war and increasing global hot spots instead of their fall.

Among them, the Korean Peninsula has now been turned into the world's most dangerous hot spot where even a nuclear war may break out.
As the international community witnesses every year, the situation on the Korean Peninsula is often engulfed in a state that goes out of control, whose root-cause squarely lies in the United States which does not abandon its hostile policy towards the DPRK but holds aggressive war exercises one after another in and around the Korean Peninsula.

In the international arena at present, the globally recognized fundamental principles of international relations are openly ignored by the US-led imperialist forces in their outrageous schemes for domination and intervention while justice is criminalized as injustice depending on the interests of the imperialist powers.
In dealing with the issue of the Korean Peninsula, the UN Security Council is now playing the role of covering up the high-handedness and arbitrariness of the United States in the name of the United Nations, ignorant of justice and international law.

The recent 17th NAM summit adopted the Margarita Declaration condemning the promulgation and application of unilateral coercive measures against countries of the Movement in violation of the Charter of the United Nations and international law, particularly the principles of non-intervention, self-determination and independence of the states.

This is the common position of the NAM countries that take up nearly two thirds of the UN membership and this is the true voice of the international community.
International justice never comes by itself, but can be achieved only when the independent countries against imperialism grow strong.

To bolster nuclear force is the consistent line of the DPRK.
As long as there exists a nuclear weapon state in hostile relations with the DPRK, our national security and the peace on the Korean Peninsula can be defended only with reliable nuclear deterrence.

The DPRK will continue to take measures to strengthen its national nuclear force both in quantity and quality in order to defend the dignity and right to existence and safeguard genuine peace vis-a-vis the increased nuclear war threat of the United States.
In order to safeguard global peace and security by realizing genuine international justice and to achieve the UN-set SDGs, the old international order where injustice prevails under the disguise of "justice" should be destroyed to give way to a new international order of impartiality and justice.

The Government of the DPRK will push ahead with the vigorous struggle to remove the root cause of the threat of nuclear war imposed by the United States, by means of powerful nuclear deterrence, safeguard the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula, Asia and the world at large and to denuclearize the world. -0-

DPRK Succeeds in Nuclear Warhead Explosion Test

Pyongyang, September 9 (KCNA) -- The Nuclear Weapons Institute of the DPRK made public the following statement Friday:
Scientists and technicians of the DPRK carried out a nuclear explosion test for the judgment of the power of a nuclear warhead newly studied and manufactured by them at the northern nuclear test ground under the plan of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) for building strategic nuclear force.

The Central Committee of the WPK sent warm congratulations to nuclear scientists and technicians of the northern nuclear test ground on the successful nuclear warhead explosion test.

The nuclear test finally examined and confirmed the structure and specific features of movement of nuclear warhead that has been standardized to be able to be mounted on strategic ballistic rockets of the Hwasong artillery units of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army as well as its performance and power.

It was confirmed through the results of analysis of the test that the measured values including explosion might and the nuclear material usage coefficient conformed with the calculated values and that there was no radioactive materials leakage during the test and, therefore, no adverse impact on the ecological environment of the surroundings.

The standardization of the nuclear warhead will enable the DPRK to produce at will and as many as it wants a variety of smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear warheads of higher strike power with a firm hold on the technology for producing and using various fissile materials. This has definitely put on a higher level the

The nuclear warhead explosion test is a demonstration of the toughest will of the WPK and the Korean people to get themselves always ready to retaliate against the enemies if they make provocation as it is part of practical countermeasures to the racket of threat and sanctions against the DPRK kicked up by the U.S.-led hostile forces who have gone desperate in their moves to find fault with the sovereign state's exercise of the right to self-defence while categorically denying the DPRK's strategic position as a full-fledged nuclear weapons state.

The DPRK will take further measures to bolster the state nuclear force in quality and quantity for safeguarding its dignity and right to existence and genuine peace from the U.S. increasing threat of a nuclear war. -0-

DPRK Red Cross Society Sends Letter to S. Korean Red Cross

Pyongyang, August 22 (KCNA) -- The Central Committee of the DPRK Red Cross Society sent the following letter to the south Korean Red Cross Monday:
As your side knows, our side demanded the south side authorities several times unconditionally send back the abducted citizens of the DPRK and allow their families to go to Seoul to meet their daughters face-to-face as ardently requested by them, and south side organizations of various circles, UN bodies and international human rights organizations are also strongly demanding lawyers' interview with the abductees and meeting with their families.

However, the south side authorities have unreasonably kept our citizens in custody for over four months since they allured and abducted them. Not content with their operation for forcing them to "defect," floating the story about "voluntary defection from the north" in a bid to mislead the public opinion, the south side authorities announced recently that they "settled in society."

This cannot be construed otherwise than a mean plot to escape the domestic and foreign public criticism of forcible detention of our citizens and pressure of the public demanding their unconditional repatriation and cover up the truth behind the thrice-cursed group abduction by the south side Intelligence Service.

The south side authorities prevent the abductees from being opened to public and keep them from contacting media under the pretext of "personal safety" though they claim that the "north's employees have become free persons." This clearly proves that their claim is a sheer lie.
What is touching off bitter anger is that the south side Red Cross, which professes the "settlement of the issue of divided families" and humanitarian cooperation between the north and the south, is conniving at the authorities' anti-humanitarian act of forcing our citizens to live separated from their beloved parents and families.

Our side lodges a strong protest with your side as your act of keeping mum and overlooking the authorities' anti-humanitarian and unethical acts is, in face, little short of patronizing them.
It is not a proper attitude and stand of the Red Cross body guided by noble humanitarianism to overlook the present tragic situation where new divided families and relatives appear in peace time.

Your side would be well aware that in case the south side authorities refuse to send back our citizens now in custody, there would be no discussion on any humanitarian issue between the north and the south and this will entail irretrievable consequences.
If your side is truly concerned about the settlement of humanitarian issues between the north and the south, your side has to make responsible and sincere efforts to send our citizens back to the fold of the DPRK where their families are eagerly waiting for them, though belatedly.
Our side will closely watch your side's future attitude. -0-