S. Korea-U.S. Starts New Joint Military Drill
Pyongyang, March 7 (KCNA) -- South Korea and the U.S. reportedly started a joint military drill under new codename Alliance from March 4.
South Korea and the U.S. announced that the drill Alliance is the one replacing the former Key Resolve and it will continue until March 12. As for joint military drill Foal Eagle, they said they would stage it without codename round the year in the form of small-scale field mobile drill involving units smaller than battalion.
They said that the on-going drill aims at examining wartime operation plan through computer-aided simulation of "the north's all-out invasion of the south" and increasing the capabilities to fight a war.
The ill-boding moves of the south Korean military authorities and the U.S. are a wanton violation of the DPRK-U.S. joint statement and the north-south declarations in which the removal of hostility and tensions were committed to, and an open challenge to the aspiration and desire of all Koreans and the international community for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. -0-
Spokesperson for DPRK Foreign Ministry on Recent Developments in Venezuela
Pyongyang, February 3 (KCNA) -- A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on February 3 as regards recent developments in Venezuela:
An abnormal situation developed in Venezuela where the speaker of the parliament declared null and void the result of the presidential election held in last May and claimed himself as provisional president on January 23.
The situation in Venezuela is developing into a complicated international issue, as evidenced, inter alia, by the convening on January 26 of the UN Security Council emergency meeting on Venezuelan issue.
Any attempt by outside forces to remove a president legitimately elected according to the constitution of a sovereign state is an undisguised interference in internal affairs and a wanton violation of international law.
It is our firm stand that Venezuelan issues should be resolved in a peaceful way in accordance with the independent will and decision of the government and people of Venezuela.
Peoples of the whole world aspiring to justice and peace will ever stand by the government and people of Venezuela for safeguarding their sovereignty and stability. -0-
Press Statement of Policy Research Director of Institute for American Studies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK
Pyongyang, December 16 (KCNA) -- The policy research director of the Institute for American Studies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Sunday issued the following statement:
It is a significant event for ensuring peace and security of the region and beyond that the top leaders of the DPRK and the U.S. committed themselves to improve the DPRK-U.S. relations at the historic DPRK-U.S. summit held in Singapore last June, and the current DPRK-U.S. relations are advancing along the steadfast will of the top leaders to follow through on the Singapore DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement in good faith.
However, the continued commission by the United States of vicious anti-DPRK hostile actions, running counter to these developments, prompts my shock and indignation.
During the past six months since the Singapore DPRK-U.S. summit, the U.S. high-ranking politicians including the secretary of state have almost every day slandered the DPRK out of sheer malice, and the State Department and the Treasury Department have taken anti-DPRK sanctions measures for as many as eight times against the companies, individuals and ships of not only the DPRK but also Russia, China and other third countries by fabricating pretexts of all hues such as money laundering, illegal transactions through ship-to-ship transfer and cyber-attack.
Recently, the U.S. is resorting to anti-DPRK human rights plot in such a way that it carries deliberate provocation by adding high-ranking government officials of the DPRK, a sovereign state, to its unilateral sanctions list, while taking issue with the non-existent "human rights issue".
Now, the international society is unanimous in welcoming the proactive denuclearization steps taken by the DPRK and urging the U.S. to respond to these steps in a corresponding manner. And president Trump avails himself of every possible occasion to state his willingness to improve DPRK-U.S. relations.
Far from the statements of the president, the State Department is instead bent on bringing the DPRK-U.S. relations back to the status of last year which was marked by exchanges of fire. I cannot help but throw doubt on the ulterior motive of the State Department.
If they are a sort of diplomats of "only superpower", they should at least realize from the past record of the DPRK-U.S. relations that sanctions and pressure would not work against the DPRK.
The United States will not be unaware of the self-evident fact that its threat, blackmail and pressure against the other side cannot be a solution under the relations of pent-up confrontation, mistrust and hostility between the DPRK and the U.S. and deterioration of the situation that might be incurred by these hostile actions would not be beneficial for peace and security of the Korean peninsula and beyond.
Since we know too well that the deep-rooted hostility between the DPRK and the U.S. cannot be redressed overnight, we have been proposing that the DPRK-U.S. relations be improved on a step-by-step approach of resolving what is feasible one by one, by giving priority to confidence building.
If the high-ranking politicians within the U.S. administration including the State Department had calculated that they could drive us into giving up nuclear weapons by way of increasing the anti-DPRK sanctions and pressure and human rights racket to an unprecedented level, which has nothing to do with confidence building, it will count as greatest miscalculation, and it will block the path to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula forever - a result desired by no one.
The U.S. should realize before it is too late that "maximum pressure" would not work against us and take a sincere approach to implementing the Singapore DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement. -0-
Inter-Korean High-Level Talks Held
Pyongyang, October 16 (KCNA) -- Inter-Korean high-level talks for implementing the historic "September Pyongyang Joint Declaration" were held at the "House of Peace" in the south side portion of Panmunjom on Monday.
Present there were a delegation of the north side led by Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country of the DPRK, and a delegation of the south side with Minister of Unification Jo Myong Gyun as chief delegate.
At the talks the two sides deeply discussed the practical ways for thoroughly implementing the historic "September Pyongyang Joint Declaration" and developing the north-south relations into a fresh high level, and adopted a joint press release.
It is specified in the press release that north-south general-level military talks will be held at an early date to discuss the technical issues referred to in the "military agreement to implement Panmunjom declaration." It also specified the time range of holding a ground-breaking ceremony for linking the railways and roads of the north and the south along the East and West Seas of Korea and for modernizing them.
It detailed the dates, venues and agendas to be tabled at the talks of various panels.
It also noted that the two sides would discuss and push ahead with the technical issues related to the performance to be given by an art troupe of the north side in a south side area. -0-
Japanese Imperialists' Massacre of Koreans after Kanto Great Quake under Fire
Pyongyang, September 1 (KCNA) -- Due to a great earthquake which hit Tokyo and its vicinity on September 1, 1923, hundreds of thousands of dwelling houses and buildings collapsed in a moment and many people were crushed and burnt to death due to fire.
The Japanese imperialists, regarding the quake in Kanto area as a good chance for suppressing the Koreans in Japan, hurled army and police troops and gangsters into mercilessly killing more than 23 000 innocent Koreans in a little more than ten days, a spokesman for the Association of Korean Victims of Forcible Drafting and Their Bereaved Families said in a statement on Saturday.
The statement went on:
History records many natural disasters but knows no such massacre the Japanese imperialists committed in an extremely hideous manner by making Koreans a scapegoat in a bid to calm down the public uneasiness caused by a natural disaster and divert elsewhere the public discontent at the regime's unpopular rule.
The massacre committed against the Koreans in Japan right after the great Kanto quake clearly shows that the Japanese imperialists are, indeed, cutthroats with extreme misanthropy and national chauvinism, vampires, devilish manslaughters and sworn enemy of the Korean people.
Japan has not yet clearly probed the truth behind the massacre though 95 years have lapsed. Worse still, it has neither atoned nor apologized for the thrice-cursed crime.
No matter how much water may flow under the bridge, the DPRK will never forget all evil deeds committed by the Japanese imperialists but will surely force Japan to pay dearly for them.
The Japanese authorities should clearly know that their blood-stained past can never be justified and written off, and clearly probe the truth behind the massacre and make a sincere apology and reparation for it. -0-
Press Statement of Spokesperson for DPRK Foreign Ministry
Pyongyang, August 9 (KCNA) -- The spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea made public the following press statement on Thursday:
At the first historic DPRK-U.S. summit meeting and talks, the top leaders committed to work together toward putting an end to the extremely hostile relations through confidence building and establishing new DPRK-U.S. relations in favor of the requirements and interests of the peoples of two countries and to make active contribution to peace, security, and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula and over the world.
Whereas we already took such practical denuclearization steps as discontinuing nuclear test and ICBM test fire, followed by dismantling the nuclear test ground since the end of last year, the U.S. insisted on its unilateral demand of "denuclearization first" at the first DPRK-U.S. high-level talks held in Pyongyang in early July.
Nevertheless, for the sake of building confidence between the DRPK and the U.S., a foremost and indispensable process for implementation of the joint statement of the DPRK-U.S. summit, we took such broadminded measures as repatriating POW/MIA remains.
We hoped that these goodwill measures would contribute to breaking down the high barrier of mistrust existing between the DPRK and the U.S. and to establishing mutual trust. However, the U.S. responded to our expectation by inciting international sanctions and pressure against the DPRK.
The U.S. is attempting to invent a pretext for increased sanctions against the DPRK by mobilizing all their servile mouthpieces and intelligence institutions to fabricate all kinds of falsehoods on our nuclear issue. They made public the "North Korea Sanctions and Enforcement Actions Advisory" and additional sanctions, and called for collaboration in forcing sanctions and pressure upon us even at the international meetings.
Worse still, the U.S. is resorting to such highly despicable actions as hindering international organizations' cooperation with our country in the field of sports and forcing other countries not to send high-level delegations to the celebrations of the 70th founding anniversary of the DPRK.
Now the issue in question is that, going against the intention of president Trump to advance the DPRK-U.S. relations, who is expressing gratitude to our goodwill measures for implementing the DPRK-U.S. joint statement, some high-level officials within the U.S. administration are making baseless allegations against us and making desperate attempts at intensifying the international sanctions and pressure.
Expecting any result, while insulting the dialogue partner and throwing cold water over our sincere efforts for building confidence which can be seen as a precondition for implementing the DPRK-U.S. joint statement, is indeed a foolish act that amounts to waiting to see a boiled egg hatch out.
The international society is struck by this shameless and impertinent behavior of the U.S., and we also closely follow the U.S. behavior with high vigilance against their intentions.
As long as the U.S. denies even the basic decorum for its dialogue partner and clings to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed, one cannot expect any progress in the implementation of the DPRK-U.S. joint statement including the denuclearization, and furthermore, there is no guarantee that the hard-won atmosphere of stability on the Korean Peninsula will continue.
We remain unchanged in our will to uphold the intentions of the top leaders of the DPRK and the U.S. and to build trust and implement in good faith the DPRK-U.S. joint statement step by step. The U.S. should, even at this belated time, respond to our sincere efforts in a corresponding manner. -0-
Chairmen of June 15 All-Korean Committee Meet
Pyongyang, June 25 KCNA) -- The chairmen of the north, south and overseas sides of All-Korean Committee for Implementation of June 15 Joint Declaration (June 15 All-Korean Committee) met here on June 21-22 to implement the historic Panmunjom Declaration.
Attending the meeting were members of the North Side Committee led by Chairman Pak Myong Chol, a delegation of the South Side Committee led by its Permanent Representative Ri Chang Bok and a delegation of the Overseas Side Committee led by Chairman Son Hyong Gun.
At the meeting they unanimously stressed that the north-south summit held in June 2000 for the first time after national division and the adoption of the June 15 joint declaration were a great national event which put an end to the history of mistrust and confrontation and ushered in a new era of the national reconciliation, unity, peace and reunification.
They expressed resolve to conduct a brisk movement for implementing the Panmunjom Declaration, saying that the present era is a new high stage of the June 15 era of reunification, and made an agreement on the following issues:
1. June 15 All-Korean Committee decided to hold fast to the June 15 joint declaration and its successor Panmunjom Declaration as a reunification milestone common to the nation and press ahead with the pan-national movement for implementation of the declaration and thus positively promote the national reconciliation and unity.
It decided to firmly adhere to the principle of national independence that the Korean nation decides its destiny by itself, in all activities for the improvement of the north-south relations and the national reunification.
It decided to proactively wage a campaign for defusing the military tension and removing the danger of war on the Korean Peninsula and resolutely reject any act obstructive to the implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration.
2. June 15 All-Korean Committee decided to launch a nationwide movement for supporting and implementing the Panmunjom Declaration with all Koreans at home and abroad.
It decided to hold joint national events with splendor on the anniversaries common to the nation such as the 11th anniversary of the October 4 declaration and actively promote visits, contacts and solidarity activities among the organizations of different circles, sections and regions in the north and the south and abroad, with a view to revving up the atmosphere for the implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration among all Koreans.
It decided to discuss the issue of holding August 15 joint national event, depending on the situation.
June 15 All-Korean Committee decided to make every effort for realizing a pan-national grand meeting for reunification.
It decided to jointly stage strong actions to make the Japanese authorities ensure the national rights and interests of Koreans in Japan and liquidate all the crimes committed against the Korean nation.
3. June 15 All-Korean Committee decided to expand itself as required by a new era of history.
It discussed the need to add the issue of implementing the Panmunjom Declaration to its statute and agreed to decide it at the meeting of June 15 All-Korean Committee in the future.
The participants in the meeting agreed to hold the meeting of June 15 All-Korean Committee on a regular basis at the beginning of every year and discuss the orientation of the movement for national reunification. -0-
Pomminryon Calls for Nation-wide Struggle for Implementing Panmunjom Declaration
Pyongyang, June 2 (KCNA) -- The north, south and overseas headquarters of the Pan-national Alliance for Korea's Reunification (Pomminryon) released a joint resolution on Saturday.
Stressing that the "Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula" adopted at Panmunjom on April 27, 2018 is a historic landmark for ushering in a new era of independent reunification by carrying forward the July 4 joint statement, the June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration, the resolution said:
The north, south and overseas headquarters of Pomminryon pledges as follows, hailing together with 80 million Koreans the historic Panmunjom declaration and reflecting the firm will to implement as early as possible this valuable agreement common to the nation;
1. We will positively put in practice the Panmunjom declaration, a new landmark for independent reunification.
Pomminryon will strictly reject the outsiders' interference and arbitrary practices threatening the destiny of all Koreans, open up a new era of independent reunification only in the principle and spirit of By Our Nation Itself, and actively work to establish a mechanism for permanent and durable peace of the Korean peninsula.
2. We will arrange a joint national event involving all circles of people without fail to lay a foundation for holding a great pan-national gathering for reunification.
Pomminryon will make the joint national events specified in the Panmunjom Declaration successful ones, and thus rev up the atmosphere for north-south reconciliation and cooperation and demonstrate the stronger will to achieve the great national unity and independent reunification.
Pomminryon will provide a foundation for the successful great pan-national gathering for reunification in the future by successfully hosting joint national events.
3. We will strive to immediately resolve the humanitarian issue caused by national division and make non-governmental exchange and cooperation brisk.
Pomminryon will make efforts to urgently settle the humanitarian matters caused by the national division and confrontation and vitalize non-governmental exchange and cooperation.
4. We will work hard to get all legal and institutional mechanisms disturbing national reconciliation and unity abrogated and to have the south headquarters of Pomminryon legitimized.
Pomminryon will strive to get the "Security Law", the biggest obstacle to national reconciliation and unity and development of the north-south relations, abrogated as early as possible.
5. Pomminryon will positively work to get the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK withdrawn and a peace treaty concluded.
The north, south and overseas headquarters of Pomminryon will more vigorously stage a nation-wide campaign for implementing the historic Panmunjom Declaration by pooling efforts of all Koreans. -0-
Press Statement by Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of DPRK
Pyongyang, May 24 (KCNA) -- Choe Son Hui, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK, issued the following press statement on Thursday:
At an interview with Fox News on May 21, U.S. Vice-President Pence made unbridled and impudent remarks that north Korea might end like Libya, military option for north Korea never came off the table, the U.S. needs complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization, and so on.
As a person involved in the U.S. affairs, I cannot suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing out from the mouth of the U.S. vice-president.
If he is vice-president of "single superpower" as is in name, it will be proper for him to know even a little bit about the current state of global affairs and to sense to a certain degree the trends in dialogue and the climate of d?tente.
We could surmise more than enough what a political dummy he is as he is trying to compare the DPRK, a nuclear weapon state, to Libya that had simply installed a few items of equipment and fiddled around with them.
Soon after the White House National Security Adviser Bolton made the reckless remarks, Vice-President Pence has again spat out nonsense that the DPRK would follow in Libya's footstep. It is to be underlined, however, that in order not to follow in Libya's footstep, we paid a heavy price to build up our powerful and reliable strength that can defend ourselves and safeguard peace and security in the Korean peninsula and the region.
In view of the remarks of the U.S. high-ranking politicians who have not yet woken up to this stark reality and compare the DPRK to Libya that met a tragic fate, I come to think that they know too little about us.
To borrow their words, we can also make the U.S. taste an appalling tragedy it has neither experienced nor even imagined up to now.
Before making such reckless threatening remarks without knowing exactly who he is facing, Pence should have seriously considered the terrible consequences of his words.
It is the U.S. who has asked for dialogue, but now it is misleading the public opinion as if we have invited them to sit with us. I only wonder what is the ulterior motive behind its move and what is it the U.S. has calculated to gain from that.
We will neither beg the U.S. for dialogue nor take the trouble to persuade them if they do not want to sit together with us.
Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States.
In case the U.S. offends against our goodwill and clings to unlawful and outrageous acts, I will put forward a suggestion to our supreme leadership for reconsidering the DPRK-U.S. summit. -0-