Singapore Summit-The beginning of the end by Moon J. Pak (July, 2018)
The Year 2018 was an epochal year for the Koreans in both south, north and overseas. In a matter of just a few months, near 70 years old enmity, tension, and the division of the peninsula were resolved by the works of the heads of the three involved countries; Moon Jae-in of South Korea, Kim Jong-un of North and Donald J. Trump of the U.S.
The first initiative came from Kim Jong-un in the form of his new year¡¯s address in January this year, which contained many statements that are surprisingly conciliatory. It was led by North¡¯s very active participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic of the South, followed by a quick exchange of delegations from both sides that resulted the first summit between Moon and Kim that produced the Panmunjom Declaration of April 27, which basically affirmed the historical fact that ¡°The Korea is One¡±
This initiative of Kim Jong-un actually is a result of his national policy he promulgated when he assumed the leadership of North Korea upon his father¡¯s death, at his tender age of late twenties. The policy was called ¡°Parallel Progress Policy¡±, basically it meant that unlike his father¡¯s ¡°Military First Policy¡±, the national emphasis is to be on both its defense and economic development. After initial phase of his rule, solidifying his power, he quickly realized that the economic revival and improved quality of his people¡¯s life that sharply contrasts negatively against the status of its southern brethren, the Republic of Korea, of whose GDP is known to be the 11th in the world will have to be the primary objective of his leadership, in parallel with the national defense needed for his regime security.
It is obvious that the economic stagnation of North Korea, to a large extent is due to the isolation of the country imposed on it during the last near 70 years by the U.S. and South Korea in the forms of embargos, sanctions and military threats. Therefore, North Korea has to emerge as a credible and equal partner of negotiation, with power to enforce its former enemies to become peaceful partners. Obviously, the only way for the North Korea to reach such a status was to emerge as a true nuclear power with credible delivery capabilities; thus, its frantic efforts in the past two years, to develop its nuclear capability prior to the negotiation for the peninsula peace.
It is near serendipity that simultaneous to this Kim Jong-un¡¯s readiness for talk, in South Korea, as a result of the people¡¯s uprising, against the corruptive, conservative regimes of Lee Myung-bak and Park Geun-hye, called November Revolution, a liberal and highly respected leader, Moon Jae-in was elected and became a partner of Kim Jong-un in establishing the Panmunjom Declaration, that delineates the firm commitments of both sides on issues of reconciliation, reunification, de-militarization, multilevel-communication and economic cooperation, and finally the implementation of agreements made previously between the two Koreas in years, 2,000 and 2007 (so called, 6-15 and 10-4 Agreements).
It is however clear that even at the onset, the implementation of the ideas contained in the Panmunjom Declaration would require consents and cooperation of the country of United States, due to its ties, treaties and agreements with the South Korea, as well as the 70-year old enmity existing at various levels, with North Korea. Therefore, an immediate and ardent efforts were made by president Moon to setup and coordinate the summit between the president Trump and Chairman Kim.
The presence of Mr. Donald J. Trump in White House is actually, another serendipity for the Koreans. Regardless of his seeming instability, lack of firm principles on many matters, he is a deal-maker who appears to be genuinely interested in achieving peace and stability in Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia, for which his effort would receive credit and recognition. Thus, his near-immediate agreement to meet with Chairman Kim Jong-un of North Korea for the resolution of various peninsula issues.
After some initial turmoil, however, the Singapore Summit between Trump and Kim finally took place on June 12, with great deal of publicity and fanfare and was generally regarded as a tremendous success for both leaders personally, as well as all the Koreans both in North and South, and Overseas.
The final agreement signed by both leaders however was rather brief, about 450 words long and lacked specifics and detailed plan for implementation of the four important key points delineated in it; 1. North Korean commitment for the complete peninsular denuclearization. 2. U.S. commitment and guarantee for the security of North Korea. 3. Return of the remains of the U.S. war dead. 4. Temporary cessation of the U.S.-SK War drills.
Actually, the immediate positive effect of the Singapore meeting was its sensational public image reflecting the development of the personal bond and obvious friendly interpersonal relationship between the two leaders reflected in the visual media and the multiple complimentary public comments made by the President Trump on Chairman Kim.
It goes without saying however, that an establishment of firm formal, institutionalized mechanism(s) for the implementation of the Agreement is essential not only for the normalization of the U.S.-NK relationship but also for the realization of the Panmunjom Declaration. Therefore, from the perspective of a Korean American, who has ardent desire to see realization of the objectives of both Summits, following recommendations are being proposed for consideration by both sides;
1. Establishment of permanent Liaison Offices of U.S. and North Korea in Washington, D.C. and Pyongyang manned by high level diplomats from both countries, along with staff personnel representing, military, economic and cultural expertise from each side.
2. Establishment of a Task Force composed of engineers and nuclear scientists from both sides as well as the diplomats and economists, to research and develop detailed step by step, time table for the peninsular denuclearization, as well as the plan for the normalization of the diplomatic, economic, political and military relationship between the two countries, including the eventual peace treaty between the U.S. and North Korea, and furthermore, interdigitate the both plans and produce a multi-year implementation schedule to be followed by both countries.
3. The U.S. should recognize, accept and honor the first Summit agreement, the Panmunjom Declaration, especially its basic principle, ¡°The Korea is One¡±, by recognizing and declaring that the sanctions, embargos, and isolations currently enforced on North Korea by the U.S. and UN no longer apply between the two Koreas, since in principle they are one country, thus the two Koreas could immediately communicate, trade, exchange, especially on humanitarian issues, such as food aids, medical supplies, family re-union, etc., unencumbered by the current existing sanctions.
4. In addition to dismantling of the Pung Gye-Ri nuclear test site and also its missile test site, North Korea could immediately announce the significant reduction of its 1.25 million-armed force (when it is combined with the 0.625 million South Korean army, the combined military size of near 1.9 million Korean army makes it the fifth in the world, after only, India, China, Russia and United States; a ridiculous statistic!).
It should also announce the immediate disarming of its 20,000 long-range artilleries, known to be already fully loaded and placed along the DMZ, aimed at South Korea.
Finally, it may just be a symbolic gesture, but also announce the return of the U.S. navy ship ¡°Pueblo¡± that it holds, perhaps to the city of Pueblo, Colorado, U.S.A.
5. On account of near 70 years of division of the peninsula and animosity between the two Koreas and the development of a complex intertwining relationship between the U.S. and South Korea during the period, there are many issues that need to be resolved between the two, for the proper and realistic implementation of both Agreements, Panmunjom and Singapore.
Of these, the most obvious one, which has already been mentioned at the Singapore Summit is the U.S.-SK War Drills held annually, regularly at near the door steps of Pyongyang and these must be ceased permanently and completely, as president Trump had referred to it.
There are approximately 28,000 U.S. soldiers stationed in South Korea many even with their families. There are total of near 90 U.S. military bases, small and large existing in the country. With the cessation of the enmity between the Koreas as well as between the U.S. and North Korea, obviously a plan for the troop withdrawal as well as the base closures will have to be planned along with the review of basic necessity of existing military alliance between the two countries.
One of the most obvious, U.S. military presence in the country that loses the significance of existence simply by its title, is the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Air Defense). With denuclearization of North Korea, its significance and the purpose of its presence is clearly gone.
Finally, one of the most interesting relationship between the two allies, that again needs to be redressed given the drastic changes brought about by the Summit Agreements is the U.S.¡¯s ¡°War Time Operational Control¡± of South Korean military. President Moon Jae-in is the only head of a country in the world, who has no control over its own national defense force when his country is placed under war!
Finally, in the course of implementation of the Singapore Summit Agreement, one of the major difficulties for President Trump and Secretary Mike Pompeo may have to face is the image of North Korea among American public.
Over the years, due to 70 years animosity between the two countries, North Korea was placed under isolation and demonization of the country, society, political doctrine, went on freely, in our society. Defector¡¯s horrific testimonies; largely unsubstantiated stories of human rights violations, etc. The image of North Korea among American public has become horrendously bad and distorted.
We have to remember that there were times, such as in Clinton era, and prior to it, Carter era, there had been many active exchanges between the two countries, and cultural events, e.g., New York Philharmonic in Pyongyang, visits by Cho Myung-rak to White House, Madeleine Albright to Kim Jong-il, etc.
Perhaps the time has come to revitalize multilevel cultural exchanges between the two countries.=The End=
(Korean Quarterly, Summer, 2018, VOL.21, NUM 04)
Moon J. Pak, M.D,. Ph.D.
811 Oakwood Dr. # 201
Rochester, MI 48307
Senior VP, KANCC (Korean American National Coordinating Council)
Statement of Unity by Korean Americans and Allies on the Historic Inter-Korean
Summit and the Upcoming U.S.-North Korea Summit (June 7, 2018)
Since the historic April 27 summit between the leaders of North and South Korea at Panmunjom, longstandal ing tensions and war threats on the Korean peninsula have given way to the promise of peace and reconciliation. Soon, another historic summit, between the United States and North Korea, will take place in Singapore. The two parties, which not too long ago were on the brink of war, will finally sit down to discuss a peaceful settlement to the Korean War. All eyes of the world will be on this momentous event, which could determine not only the fate of the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia but also the prospect of global peace.
We?Korean Americans who have long fought for peace and the self-determined unification of the Korean peninsula, and allies who stand on the side of peace and justice and share a critical stake in the struggle for peace in Korea?wish to make clear our views on the recent inter-Korean summit and the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit.
1. We applaud the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity, and Unification of the Korean Peninsula.
In the Panmunjom Declaration, the leaders of North and South Korea ¡°solemnly declared before the 80 million Korean people and the whole world that there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula and thus a new era of peace has begun.¡± They also pledged to work together for independent unification.
The two leaders held hands as they crossed back and forth over the military demarcation line, demonstrating that the arbitrary line no longer has the power it once possessed as a symbol of division and confrontation. Should the governments of North and South Korea as well as the 80 million Koreans on the peninsula and the diaspora come together to implement the Panmunjom Declaration, we can realize peace, prosperity, and unification of the Korean Peninsula.
2. We welcome the U.S.-North Korea summit.
We hope the scheduled U.S.-North Korea summit will end seven decades of hostile relations between the United States and North Korea and usher in a new era of peace?on the Korean Peninsula, in Northeast Asia as well as for the rest of the world.
We recommend the following:
1) The United States and North Korea should agree to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and faithfully carry out the agreement.
In the Panmunjom Declaration, North and South Korea ¡°confirmed the common goal of realizing, through complete denuclearization, a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.¡± Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula means not only eliminating North Korea¡¯s nuclear weapons but also denuclearizing the land, air, and seas of the entire peninsula. This is not North Korea¡¯s obligation alone. South Korea and the United States, which has in the past introduced and deployed close to one thousand tactical nuclear weapons in the southern half of the peninsula, also need to take concrete steps to create a nuclear-free peninsula.
The plan to ¡°denuclearize the Korean peninsula¡± is clearly outlined in the following past agreements:
- The 1992 Joint Declaration of South and North Korea on the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula;
- The 1994 Agreed Framework between the USA and DPRK; and
- The 2005 Joint Statement of the Fourth Round of the Six Party Talks.
In the 2005 Joint Statement of the Six Party Talks, North Korea ¡°committed to abandoning all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs,¡± while the United States ¡°affirmed that it has no nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula and has no intention to attack or invade the DPRK with nuclear or conventional weapons,¡± and South Korea ¡°reaffirmed its commitment not to receive or deploy nuclear weapons in accordance with the 1992 Joint Declaration of the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, while affirming that there exist no nuclear weapons within its territory.¡±
In keeping with the recent inter-Korean summit, the U.S.-North Korea summit should produce an agreement for the ¡°complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula¡± and ban the testing, production, reception, possession, storage, stationing, and/or use of nuclear weapons on the entire Korean Peninsula. Moreover, the United States should stop all military action and exercises that deploy or introduce its strategic assets on the Korean Peninsula and abolish its nuclear umbrella over South Korea.
Genuine peace on the Korean peninsula, which has housed nuclear weapons in both the North and the South and has been the site of acute military tensions for decades, should set a historic precedent and lead to global nuclear disarmament. Starting with the United States, all nuclear powers should take concrete steps to create a nuclear-free world.
2) A peace treaty is necessary for a lasting peace system on the Korean Peninsula.
The Panmunjom Declaration states, ¡°During this year that marks the 65th anniversary of the Armistice, South and North Korea agreed to actively pursue trilateral meetings involving the two Koreas and the United States, or quadrilateral meetings involving the two Koreas, the United States and China with a view to declaring an end to the War, turning the armistice into a peace treaty, and establishing a permanent and solid peace regime.¡±
After the Korean War, the United States and North Korea signed an armistice that established a highly unstable system that has been at the root of all subsequent war threats on the Korean Peninsula. It¡¯s time to declare an end to the Korean War and replace the armistice with a peace treaty to build a stable and lasting peace system on the Korean Peninsula. Only a peace treaty will prevent further threats of nuclear and conventional war on the Korean Peninsula.
The United States and North Korea should take immediate mutual steps to prevent military conflict and alleviate tensions. They should establish and maintain a military hotline and communications channel and halt all military exercises and other provocative actions. The United States should withdraw the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea. And in step with North and South Korea, which have agreed to ¡°carry out disarmament in a phased manner¡± in the Panmunjom Declaration, U.S. Forces in Korea should take corresponding measures to reduce its troops.
3) The United States and North Korea should end hostilities and normalize relations.
The 2000 US-DPRK Joint Communique states, ¡°Recognizing that improving ties is a natural goal in relations among states and that better relations would benefit both nations in the 21st century while helping ensure peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in the Asia-Pacific region, the U.S. and the D.P.R.K. sides stated that they are prepared to undertake a new direction in their relations.¡±
After agreeing to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and replace the armistice with a peace treaty, the United States and North Korea should begin talks to establish normal relations. As they did in the 2000 Joint Communique, the United States and North Korea should reaffirm ¡°principles of respect for each other¡¯s sovereignty and non-interference in each other¡¯s internal affairs¡± and a ¡°commitment to make every effort in the future to build a new relationship free from past enmity.¡± The United States and North Korea should normalize relations and promote civilian exchanges in the areas of economy, culture, science, education, sports, and travel to foster mutual understanding between the peoples of both countries.
Above all, the United States needs to abolish its seven-decade policy of hostility and sanctions that isolate North Korea. It should lift all sanctions tied to North Korea¡¯s nuclear program, take North Korea off the list of state sponsors of terrorism, and unfreeze North Korea¡¯s assets. It should allow U.S. citizens to freely travel to North Korea. The United States and North Korea should also cooperate to recover the remains of U.S. servicemen in North Korea from the time of the Korean War as a step to addressing unresolved humanitarian issues and ending hostile relations.
3. We urge Washington¡¯s political leaders to put aside party politics for peace.
Past negotiations between the United States and North Korea have yielded meaningful moments of cooperation. There have been times when both sides made significant compromises with the shared goal of overcoming past hostilities and moving toward normalizing relations. They have produced outstanding agreements?the 1993 DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement, the 1994 Agreed Framework, the 2000 U.S.-DPRK Joint Communique, and the 2005 Joint Declaration of the Six Party Talks?that outline a path for resolving the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula, creating a lasting peace system, and normalizing relations between the two countries.
However, none of these agreements were implemented. As a result, mistrust between the United States and North Korea only deepened and ultimately led us to the brink of nuclear war. With each change in administration in the United States, hard-won agreements made by the previous administration were essentially scrapped as the incoming administration adopted a default anti-North Korea posture. In light of this history, we have concerns about whether an agreement produced by the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit will actually be honored by the current and future administrations. Trump¡¯s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal underscores this concern.
The Trump administration should approach the upcoming summit with North Korea with sincerity and a commitment to carrying out whatever agreement is reached. We also urge Congress to put aside partisan interests in the historic interest of achieving peace in Korea and the world. We urge Congress to resolve to support the Panmunjom Declaration between North and South Korea and the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit.
4. We stand with all who struggle for a just and peaceful world.
The actions of the Trump and previous administrations have been detrimental to peace in the world. The United States is responsible for endless war in Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen, bloodshed in Gaza, and escalating tension with Iran. While it pours billions of dollars into waging wars and maintaining troops abroad, its people face widespread unemployment and austerity programs that cut them off from decent education, healthcare and housing. U.S. militarism abroad has also led to increased militarization of the police and state-sanctioned violence against communities of color and gender non-conforming people at home.
We stand with people of conscience everywhere who defend peace, self-determination, and justice. It is our hope that the Korean Peninsula?once a land of strife, brutalized by over a century of colonization, division and war?will become a source of strength and inspiration for all as a beacon for peace, reconciliation, and unification in the twenty-first century.
Statement of DPRK First Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs
Pyongyang, May 25 (KCNA) -- Kim Kye Gwan, first vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK, issued the following statement Friday upon authorization:
The historic summit is now high on the agenda between the DPRK and the U.S., and the preparations for it are being pushed forward at the final stage amid the remarkably great concern of the world.
The sincere pursuit and active efforts made by the DPRK to end the relations of hostility and distrust that have lasted for decades and build a new landmark for the improvement of the DPRK-U.S. relations have commanded unanimous sympathy and support from the public at home and abroad.
But suddenly President of the United States of America Trump made public his official stand on May 24 to cancel the DPRK-U.S. summit that had already been made a fait accompli.
Explaining the reason for it, he said that the statement made by Vice Foreign Minister of the DPRK Choe Son Hui carried "tremendous anger and open hostility" and that it is not appropriate to hold the meeting at present, a precious one that has long been planned.
I would like to take this expression of his stand on the DPRK-U.S. summit as a decision not consistent with the desire of humankind for peace and stability in the world, to say nothing of those in the Korean peninsula.
As for the "tremendous anger and open hostility" referred to by President Trump, it is just a reaction to the unbridled remarks made by the U.S. side which has long pressed the DPRK unilaterally to scrap nuclear program ahead of the DPRK-U.S. summit.
The inglorious situation today is a vivid expression of the severity of the present status of the hostile DPRK-U.S. relations of long historical roots and the urgent necessity for the summit meeting for the improvement of the ties.
As far as the historic DPRK-U.S. summit is concerned, we have inwardly highly appreciated President Trump for having made the bold decision, which any other U.S. presidents dared not, and made efforts for such a crucial event as the summit.
His sudden and unilateral announcement to cancel the summit is something unexpected to us and we can not but feel great regret for it.
It is hard to guess the reasons. It could be that he lacked the will for the summit or he might not have felt confident. But for our part, we have exerted sincere efforts, raising hope that the historic DPRK-U.S. summit meeting and talks themselves would mark a meaningful starting point for peace and security in the region and the world and the improvement of the bilateral relations as the first step forward to settling the issue through dialogue.
We even inwardly hoped that what is called "Trump formula" would help clear both sides of their worries and comply with the requirements of our side and would be a wise way of substantial effect for settling the issue.
The chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK has also exerted all efforts for the preparations for the summit, saying that the meetin with President Trump could help make a good start.Statement of DPRK First Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs
The U.S. side's unilateral announcement of the cancellation of the summit makes us think over if we were truly right to have made efforts for it and to have opted for the new path.
But we remain unchanged in our goal and will to do everything we could for peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and humankind, and we, broad-minded and open all the time, have the willingness to offer the U.S. side time and opportunity.
The first meeting would not solve all, but solving even one at a time in a phased way would make the relations get better rather than making them get worse. The U.S. should ponder over it.
We would like to make known to the U.S. side once again that we have the intent to sit with the U.S. side to solve problem regardless of ways at any time. -0-
DPRK FM Spokesman Flays U.S. Increased Pressure against DPRK
Pyongyang, May 6 (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 Sunday as regards the U.S. increased pressure against the DPRK:
Recently, the U.S. is misleading the public opinion, arguing as if the DPRK's clarification of its intention for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula made through the Panmunjom Declaration adopted at the historic north-south summit is the result of so-called sanctions and pressure.
At the same time, it is making open remarks that it would not ease the sanctions and pressure until the DPRK gives up its nuclear weapons completely and also moving to aggravate the situation on the Korean peninsula by deploying strategic assets on the peninsula and increasing its attempt of taking up "human rights" issue against the DPRK.
The U.S. is deliberately provoking the DPRK at the time when the situation on the Korean peninsula is moving toward peace and reconciliation thanks to the historic north-south summit and the Panmunjom Declaration. This act cannot be construed otherwise than a dangerous attempt to ruin the hardly-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one.
It would not be conducive to addressing the issue if the U.S. miscalculates the peace-loving intention of the DPRK as a sign of "weakness" and continues to pursue its pressure and military threats against the latter. -0-
Xi Jinping's Speech at Banquet
Pyongyang, March 28 (KCNA) -- General Secretary Xi Jinping made a speech at a grand banquet arranged in welcome of the China visit by respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.
He said that the visit by Chairman Kim Jong Un is the one of great significance at a special time, and it suffices to prove that Chairman Kim Jong Un and the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea attach utmost importance to the relations between the two parties and two countries of China and the DPRK. It is also of weighty significance in deepening the communication between the two sides, strengthening cooperation and promoting partnership, he added.
He said the visit would make an important contribution to putting the relations between the two parties and two countries on a new stage and promoting the regional peace, stability and development at a new historical time.
The traditional Sino-DPRK friendship was personally provided and cultivated with much effort by the leaders of elder generations of the two parties and two countries, he said.
He noted that President Kim Il Sung visited China over 40 times in his lifetime, forging deep friendly feelings with the Chinese leaders of elder generation including Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai.
The traditional Sino-DPRK friendship is the unique one in the world that has been sealed in blood, and it provides the two parties and two peoples with happiness just as a luxuriant tree with deep roots and a never-drying spring, he pointed out.
When General Secretary Kim Jong Il visited China in May 2010, he said that the DPRK-China friendship is a heritage provided and bequeathed down to us by the revolutionaries of elder generation and that it is our historic and strategic option and unshakable stand to value it generation after generation, Xi Jinping said.
He said he had talks with Kim Jong Un in a friendly atmosphere.
We reached a consensus that it is in the common interests of both sides and a strategic option common to both sides to carry forward and glorify the traditional Sino-DPRK friendship, he said, adding:
We are convinced that no matter how the international and regional situations may change, both sides would take firm control of the general trend of the world development and the over-all phase of the development of Sino-DPRK relations, strengthen high-level visits, deepen strategic communication, and expand exchanges and cooperation, thereby providing the two countries and peoples with happiness.
At present the Chinese party, government and people are striving and struggling to realize the "Two Centenary Goals" and the dream of China, i.e. great prosperity of the Chinese nation, under the strategic assignments set forth by the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China.
Xi Jinping, said that the diligent and resourceful Korean people are making redoubled efforts to build a socialist economic power under the leadership of the Workers' Party of Korea headed by Chairman Kim Jong Un.
He voiced firm support to the Korean comrades in their active efforts for defending the political stability and promoting the economic development and hoped that they would steadily make new greater successes in the cause of socialist construction in Korea, adding he is convinced of it. -0-
KAPPC Urges Japanese Authorities to Prevent Terrorism against Chongryon and Koreans in Japan
Pyongyang, February 25 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee (KAPPC) Sunday issued a statement as regards the fact that in recent days the Japanese authorities and right-wing reactionaries are getting very serious in their hysteria against our Republic and the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon).
Around 03:50, Feb. 23 two Japanese right-wingers with arms committed the heinous terrorist crime, firing several bullets at the hall in which Chongryon headquarters.
The Chongryon Central Standing Committee speaks for the dignity, right and interests of Chongryon organizations and Koreans in Japan and is playing the role as a diplomatic mission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea under the present situation that the diplomatic ties have not been established between the DPRK and Japan.
The statement said that from the formation of Chongryon up to this date the successive Japanese governments and right-wing reactionaries have made all sorts of misdeeds against Chongryon organizations and Koreans in Japan, but they did not fire at the Central Hall of Chongryon, the inviolable area in which the DPRK's sovereignty is exercised.
It went on: The Japanese right-wing gangsters' terrorism against the Central Hall of Chongryon is not merely an accident but a deliberate politically-motivated provocation and heinous crime against the DPRK and Chongryon committed by the Japanese reactionaries with the sinister intention to extremely strain the situation on the Korean peninsula and revive militarism and realize their old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" taking advantage of it.
The Japanese authorities are misleading public opinion as if the recent incident happened by an individual body and person while investigating the criminals arrested but it is little short of a clumsy excuse to cover up their sinister intention.
It is an open challenge to the DPRK and a prelude to overall crackdown upon Chongryon that the Japanese authorities made right-wing gangsters fire at the hall, not content with making desperate efforts to realize their impossible pipedream.
The more desperately the Japanese reactionaries go in their moves against the DPRK and Chongryon, the more clearly they reveal their despicable true color as disturber of peace and war servant before the world.
The Japanese authorities would be well advised to disclose the background and truth behind the shooting spree to the end, mete out a stern punishment to the chief culprits and accomplices and take a special measure to prevent the reoccurrence of violent crime and terrorism against Chongryon and Koreans in Japan. -0-
Japanese Reactionaries' Suppression of Chongryon Blasted
Pyongyang, February 6 (KCNA) -- A spokesman of the Committee for Aiding Overseas Compatriots of the DPRK in a statement Tuesday denounced the Japanese reactionaries for getting frantic in their suppression of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon).
The joint investigation headquarters, made up of policemen from the Metropolitan Police Office and Saitama Prefecture of Japan, on Feb. 1 hurled more than 100 armed policemen to search the Tokyo Metropolitan Headquarters of Chongryon and the house of a Chongryon official and the Future Foundation set up for rendering support for the Korean school.
Earlier on Jan. 31, the Japan police authorities walked off the former chairman of the Katsushika branch of Chongryon on charges of "violation of the law on secondhand dealers".
Charging that the banknote of the former Chongryon branch chairman had a record of remitting money to Chongryon organization, they ransacked the Tokyo Metropolitan Headquarters of Chongryon and the house of a Chongryon official who had nothing to do with the remittance.
Lurking behind the recent acts hostile toward the DPRK and Chongryon which the Japanese reactionaries committed in broad daylight is a crafty and sordid political attempt peculiar to the island country, the spokesman said, and went on:
Clear is the aim sought by Japan through its rare act of swindling which it orchestrated with much effort.
That is to charge Chongryon, a dignified overseas citizens' organization of the DPRK, as an "illegal organization" and "lawless body", heighten atmosphere against the DPRK and Chongryon throughout Japan, escalate the tension on the Korean peninsula with it as an occasion and thus pave the way for realizing Japan's dirty militarist ambition.
The Japanese authorities' frantic anti-Chongryon and anti-Korean moves will only disclose the despicable and shameless nature of Japan as the tundra of human rights and a political dwarf.
If the Japanese authorities do not stop at once such vicious and childish suppression of Chongryon and Koreans in Japan, they will be made to hold full responsibility for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by such acts. -0-
Joint Conference of DPRK Government, Political Parties and Organizations Held
Pyongyang, January 24 (KCNA) -- A joint conference of the government, political parties and organizations of the DPRK took place in Pyongyang on Wednesday to carry out the tasks for national reunification set forth by respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un in his New Year Address.
Present there were representatives of the government, political parties and organizations of the DPRK, including Yang Hyong Sop, Kim Yong Chol and Ro Tu Chol, the chairman of a friendly party, officials of public organizations, officials of the North Side Committee for Implementing June 15 Joint Declaration, the north headquarters of the Pan-National Alliance for Korea's Reunification and the Pan-National Alliance of Youth and Students for Korea's Reunification and the Consultative Council for National Reconciliation.
The conference discussed the agenda item "On the tasks of the government, political parties and organizations of the DPRK for carrying through the tasks for national reunification set forth by respected Supreme Leader Comrade Kim Jong Un in his New Year Address".
Yang Hyong Sop, vice-president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, made a report at the conference to be followed by speeches by Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country of the DPRK, Kim Yong Dae, chairman of the C.C., Korean Social Democratic Party, and Pak Chol Min, first secretary of the C.C., Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League.
The reporter and speakers noted that the respected Supreme Leader in his New Year Address advanced highly important tasks for improving the relations between the north and the south of Korea and making a breakthrough for independent reunification this year significant to both sides.
They underscored the need to create a peaceful environment on the Korean Peninsula before anything else this year.
The south Korean authorities should stop the war games with the U.S. forever and refrain from introducing the U.S. nuclear strategic assets and aggression forces to south Korea, they stressed.
They said that all the fellow countrymen in the north and the south and abroad should struggle against the anti-DPRK war moves of the bellicose forces at home and abroad seeking to hinder the improvement of inter-Korean relations and render the situation tense.
All members of the nation should fulfill their duty and role for national reconciliation and reunification, they added.
They stressed that the whole nation should turn out in the nationwide struggle to make a breakthrough for independent reunification by its concerted efforts this year.
An appeal to all the Koreans at home and abroad was adopted at the joint conference. -0-
DPRK Joint Conference Calls for Making This Year Noteworthy in History of Nation
Pyongyang, January 24 (KCNA) -- An appeal to all Koreans at home and abroad was adopted at the joint conference of the government, political parties and organizations of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea held on Wednesday.
They called upon all Koreans with the strong will to make this auspicious year an eventful year noteworthy in the history of the nation by pooling the efforts of our nation as follows:
1. Let us turn out as one in the nationwide drive to improve the north-south relations and make a breakthrough for independent reunification, true to the noble patriotic intention of the peerlessly great man!
It is the steadfast will of all Koreans who have turned out for implementing the noble intention of the peerlessly great man to bring great changes to the north-south relations as early as possible and make a new history of independent reunification.
Let us rapidly improve the north-south relations and pave a wide avenue to rosy future of the nation which will be reunified, strong and prosperous!
Let us make the whole land of Korea seethe with hot wind for independent reunification and courageously advance the north-south relations along the way indicated by the June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration!
Let us decisively smash all sophisms and attempts to slander the nuclear treasured sword of the nation and justice and brand it as a hurdle in the way for the improvement of the north-south relations!
2. Let us wage an energetic drive to defuse the acute military tension and create a peaceful climate on the Korean Peninsula!
Let all Koreans at home and abroad turn out to decisively oppose and reject all hostile acts and war moves aggravating the situation and wrecking peace!
Let all Koreans become shields and strong castle walls in the struggle to defend security of the nation and peace on this land!
Let all Koreans rise up in the peace-keeping struggle against war to baffle the reckless nuclear war moves of the U.S. which brings disaster to this land, setting dangerous flames!
3. Let us promote contact, travel, cooperation and exchange between the north and the south on a wide scale and actively create a climate for national reconciliation and reunification!
Let us promote contact, travel, cooperation and exchange between the north and the south on a wide scale to remove mutual misunderstanding and distrust and make all the fellow countrymen fulfill their responsibility and role as the driving force of national reunification!
Let the people of all strata in the north and the south bring down the barrier of national division and share kindred feelings by freely traveling by air and sea and overland and actively promote the trend of reconciliation and unity.
Let's reenergize inter-political party, inter-strata and inter-sector contacts and dialogues and activate cooperation and exchange at home and abroad to stir up the climate of reunification.
Let all compatriots wage a more vigorous struggle to get rid of anachronistic legal and institutional mechanisms harassing the fresh tide of national reconciliation and unity and prevent hostile actions!
We will courageously smash all challenges going against the nation's desire for reunification, hold with splendor joint events of the nation involving political parties and organizations and personages at home and abroad on the anniversaries of north-south declarations, the 73rd anniversary of national liberation and other occasions this year and thus demonstrate the nation's will for independent reunification to the world.
4. Let us smash the moves of the separatist forces at home and abroad and dynamically usher in a fresh phase of national reunification, holding aloft the banner of national independence and By Our Nation Itself!
Let all the fellow countrymen at home and abroad subordinate and aspire everything to the great objective of national reunification, pan-national cause, from the stand of prioritizing the nation and attaching importance to it and achieving national unity!
Let us maintain the firm stand and viewpoint to solve all the issues arising between the north and the south on the principle of By Our Nation Itself!
Let all the fellow countrymen more dynamically promote the grand march for independent reunification to bring earlier a new morning of the 3 000-ri land of Korea, reunified and prosperous, by pooling their efforts!
The appeal called upon all Koreans to firmly believe in the bright future of the nation and turn out as one in the sacred struggle for glorifying this significant year as a year of great changes and great events to eternally shine in the history of national reunification. -0-
CPRC Chairman Clarifies Stand of DPRK upon Authorization of Kim Jong Un
Pyongyang, January 3 (KCNA) -- Upon authorization of Kim Jong Un, Supreme Leader of the Workers' Party of Korea and the State and the army, the chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country (CPRC) of the DPRK made public the following stand of the DPRK on Jan. 3 in response to the south Korean Chongwadae's official stand toward our proposed dispatch of our delegation to the Phyongchang Olympic Games and remarks made by President Mun Jae In at the state council meeting:
Comrade Kim Jong Un, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, upon receiving a report that the south Korean Chongwadae officially supported and welcomed his stand toward the participation in the Phyongchang Olympic Games and the issue of the improvement of the north-south relations he clarified at the 2018 New Year Address and that at the first state council meeting on Jan. 2 President Mun Jae In personally expressed active support and instructed the relevant fields to take substantial measures, gave an affirmative and high estimation of it and expressed his welcome to such response.
He instructed the United Front Department of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea and the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, the National Sports Guidance Committee and relevant units of the DPRK government to promptly take substantial measures with the south Korean authorities out of sincere stand and honest attitude, as the dispatch of our side's delegation to the Phyongchang Olympiad and the talks between the north-south authorities for it which he proposed at the New Year Address are the first meaningful and good step for improved north-south relations under the present situation.
He also instructed to open the Panmunjom liaison channel between the north and the south from 15:00 on Jan. 3 so that the issues related to the opening of talks including the dispatch of the delegation to Phyongchang Olympic Games would be timely communicated to the south side.
Whether the issue of improved north-south relations that has been put high on the agenda is settled to comply with the expectation and desire of the whole nation or not entirely depends on how the north and south authorities handle this issue in a responsible manner, he stressed.
We will try to keep close communications with the south Korean side and deal with the practical matters related to the dispatch of our delegation from sincere stand and honest attitude, true to the intention of our supreme leadership. We once again sincerely hope that the Phyongchang Olympic Games would successfully open. -0-
FM Spokesman Flails U.S. Anti-DPRK Moves over Cyber Issue
Pyongyang, December 21 (KCNA) -- A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA on December 21 over the fact that the United States is pointing its finger at the DPRK with regard to the issue of cyber-attack:
The United States is now inciting the global confrontation against us by forcibly linking to the DPRK the latest incident of cyber-attack which has given rise to a great international outcry.
The U.S., a source of all social evils and a state of global cyber-crimes, is unreasonably accusing the DPRK without any forensic evidence. This cannot be construed otherwise than an expression of its inveterate repugnance towards the DPRK.
As we have clearly stated on several occasions, we have nothing to do with cyber-attack and we do not feel a need to respond, on a case-by-case basis, to such absurd allegations of the U.S.
However, we can never tolerate the U.S. reckless move of using the issue of cyber-attack for the purpose of making direct accusation against our state.
This move is a grave political provocation by the U.S. aimed at inducing the international society into a confrontation against the DPRK by tarnishing the image of the dignified country and demonizing it, as the U.S. is now driven into a corner as a result of the DPRK's achievement of great cause of completing the state nuclear force. The U.S. move is also a direct challenge to our system and political power.
Crystal clear is the purpose of the U.S. trying to link us to the issue of cyber-attack at this very moment when it is hell-bent on making a harshest "sanctions resolution" against us.
The main ulterior intention of the U.S. is to create an atmosphere of sanctions and pressure against the DPRK by branding the latter as a "criminal state" even in cyber issue, not being content with the nuclear issue and the "human rights issue".
The Trump administration is inciting an extremely confrontational atmosphere by even concocting a plot against us at this delicate moment when the situation on the Korean peninsula is at the crossroads of nuclear war or peace. This only betrays the true colors of the U.S. as the main culprit of the aggravated situation on the Korean peninsula.
We will never tolerate the U.S. reckless moves against the DPRK and make all our efforts for defending our state and system.
We would also warn those countries unreasonably following in the footsteps of the U.S. indulging in the anti-DPRK plots. -0-
DPRK FM Spokesman Blasts American High-level Politicians for Making Reckless Remarks about DPRK
Pyongyang, December 6 (KCNA) -- A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA on Wednesday as regards the fact that high-level politicians of the U.S. are now constantly making reckless remarks about our country.
Recently, as the U.S. is conducting the largest-ever joint aerial drill on the Korean peninsula targeting the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), its high-level politicians are showing alarming signs by making bellicose remarks one after another.
The national security advisor of the White House and a Republican senator said that "the chances of war with north Korea" are increasing every day, a "preemptive war" with north Korea is becoming more likely, the families and dependents of the U.S. troops should be moved out of south Korea. These confrontational warmongering remarks cannot be interpreted in any other way but as a warning to us to be prepared for a war on the Korean peninsula.
Worse still, the CIA director has made a provocation against us by impudently criticizing our supreme leadership which is the heart of our people. This is the revelation of the U.S. cunning and heinous intention which is to instigate our strong countermeasures and use them to ignite the fuse for a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula.
The large-scale nuclear war exercises conducted by the U.S. in succession are creating touch-and-go situation on the Korean peninsula and series of violent war remarks coming from the U.S. high-level politicians amid such circumstances have made an outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula an established fact. The remaining question now is: when will the war break out.
The careless remarks of war by the inner circle of Trump and the reckless military moves by the U.S. substantiate that the current U.S. administration has made a decision to provoke a war on the Korean peninsula and is taking a step-by-step approach to get there.
The world should not harbor any prejudice in discerning who the main culprit behind the tense situation on the Korean peninsula is and who the violator of world peace and stability is.
The U.S. is going frantic in advertising the nuclear war on the Korean peninsula every day and this invites our due vigilance.
We do not wish for a war but shall not hide from it, and should the U.S. miscalculate our patience and light the fuse for a nuclear war, we will surely make the U.S. dearly pay the consequences with our mighty nuclear force which we have consistently strengthened.
If the U.S. does not want to be burnt to death by the fire it ignites, it would better behave with prudence and caution. -0-
Trump's Visit Is Business Trip: DPRK FM Spokesperson
Pyongyang, November 11 (KCNA) -- A spokesperson of the DPRK Foreign Ministry Saturday made public the following statement:
Trump went on his first tour of Asia since he took office and is bustling about in the surrounding region of our country from the 5th day of this month.
His current trip to our surrounding region is a warmonger's visit for confrontation to rid the DPRK of its self-defensive nuclear deterrence. It is also nothing but a business trip by a warmonger to enrich the monopolies of the U.S. defense industry by milking the moneybags from its subordinate "allies".
Trump, during his visit, laid bare his true nature as destroyer of the world peace and stability and begged for a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula.
What cannot be overlooked is the fact that Trump, not long after his lunatic remarks of totally destroying the DPRK at the United Nations General Assembly in September this year, made his conceived attempt yet again to alienate our people from the government and keep up rivalry between the DPRK and the international society by "demonizing" our country while making nonsensical remarks of completely denying our ideology and system.
He boasted about the "overwhelming superiority of U.S. power" and "peace through strength". But, he needs to be well advised that it is the stand of the DPRK to defend our sovereignty and rights to existence and development by keeping a real balance of force with the U.S.
The historical lessons in decades-long history of the DPRK-U.S. showdown such as the U.S. ignominious defeat in the 1950's Korean War, the incident of the U.S. armed spy-ship "Pueblo", the incident of "EC-121" reconnaissance plane and so on, give a clear answer to the question: Who is the one that should not underestimate or try its opponent.
The DPRK's possession of nuclear weapons was a righteous and inevitable choice to defend our national sovereignty and dignity and our people's rights to existence and development from increased nuclear threats and blackmail by the U.S. and its hostile moves against the DPRK.
Time is now gone forever when the U.S. used to threaten and blackmail us with nuclear weapons.
The reckless remarks by a dotard like Trump can never frighten us or put a stop to our advance. This rather gives us an assured conviction that our choice to embark on the road of simultaneously promoting the economic construction and the up-building of the nuclear force was all the more righteous one, and it pushes us to speed up the efforts to accomplish the great cause of completing the state nuclear force.
The DPRK remains strong in courage and faith and it will surely win the final victory in the showdown with the U.S. as it is under the distinguished guidance of the great leader and has the single-minded unity of the army and people rallied closely around their leader as well as the invincible military strength. -0-
S. Korean Regime Will Face Ruin for Dreaming of "Unification through Absorption"
Pyongyang, October 14 (KCNA) -- A spokesman of the Consultative Council for National Reconciliation in a statement Saturday denounced the south Korean puppet regime for getting reckless while calling for "unification through absorption."
The Supreme Court, a puppet judicial organ, let out a litany of sleep-talking like focusing on the issue of setting up "examination committee for reappointing judicial officers in the north", "schooling" those who passed the examination and "including them in the Unified Ministry of Justice", the issue of "reinstating and reappointing law-related officials who had been subject to suppression under the north's regime", and the issue of dispatching personnel necessary for judicial organs in the north after "unification through absorption" while crying out for studying the "issue of handling" the north's judicial organs from now as they play a pivotal role in defending the social system.
The statement branded this as another intolerable politically-motivated provocation to the DPRK.
The present authorities of south Korea are talking about candlelight mindset while styling themselves a "government supported by candlelight" but in fact, they are covering the path quite contrary to it.
Those, who had pursued the ambition of "unification under the liberal democracy" while shunning the sincere reconciliation of the nation unanimously desired by all Koreans, faced the most miserable end without exception.
This being a hard fact, the present ruling quarters has not yet got awakened from illusion of "unification through absorption". Deriding its dirty and despicable acts, the statement continued:
We are consistent in our stand to settle the reunification issue in a peaceful way, but if the puppet forces dare provoke the DPRK, we will put a final end to the evil cycle of confrontation between the fellow countrymen with the powerful revolutionary armed forces which have been built up to victorious conclude the standoff with the U.S. as we had already clarified.
We will also keep tabs on those traitors to the nation including the fools who invent such issues as "handling" the law enforcement officials in the back room while dreaming a pipe dream of "unification through absorption".
The judicial organs of the DPRK will punish without discrimination by our law the vicious elements of the puppet judicial authorities running reckless as a shock brigade in executing the undemocratic laws inciting sycophancy toward the U.S. and confrontation with the fellow countrymen after enacting them while working as henchmen executing the U.S. policy for colonial domination. -0-
Spokesman of DPRK FM Institute for American Studies on Anti-DPRK Sanctions and Pressure
Pyongyang, September 28 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Institute for American Studies of the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on Thursday as regards the recent controversy over the absurd claims that sanctions and pressure upon the DPRK are a peaceful and diplomatic solution:
The U.S. which is desperately resorting to unprecedented and heinous sanctions to stifle the DPRK and a few countries following it have lately come up with the ridiculous nonsense that tightening sanctions and pressure is the way for the so-called "peaceful" and "diplomatic" solution to issue of the Korean peninsula.
A few days ago, high-ranking officials of the U.S. administration including the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley said all options including military option are available but they are giving priority to the diplomatic solution, and their remarks are misleading public opinion as if the sanctions against the DPRK are a "peaceful" and "diplomatic" means.
Some European countries and a few neighboring countries with no principle are tuning their voice to the claim of U.S. and labeling the sanctions and pressure as a diplomatic means for the solution of the issue of the Korean peninsula. They are trying to justify their despicable acts of taking part in imposing sanctions and pressure on the DPRK as if it was meant for the peaceful solution.
Political and economic sanctions and pressure to completely obliterate the sovereignty and the rights to existence and development of a sovereign state are hardly any different from the act of military aggression, and it cannot be justified as peaceful and diplomatic acts in any case.
In order to counter the inveterate hostile policy and nuclear threat of U.S., the DPRK gained access to everything it needed including nuclear weapons. It would be a huge mistake to think the DPRK would do nothing about the heinous sanctions and pressure against it, let alone the threats of aggressive war from the U.S. and other hostile forces.
The primary mission of our invincible self-defensive military power with the nuclear force that we have developed at a huge cost at its core is to frustrate the military invasion and sanctions and pressure of the U.S. and protect the sovereignty and rights to existence and development of the country.
We will continue to march forward along the road we have chosen without the slightest deviation and we will respond to anyone who tries to stop us with tougher counteractions. -0-
Open Letter to Parliaments of Different Countries
Pyongyang, September 25 (KCNA) -- The Foreign Affairs Committee of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly sent an open letter to parliaments of different countries on Sunday.
The letter noted that Trump, president of the U.S. styling itself the "superpower", denied the existence of the DPRK, a dignified sovereign state, and spit out ignorant remarks of "total destruction" at the UN General Assembly, stunning the world public.
The Foreign Affairs Committee of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, the basic mission of which is to promote friendly and cooperative relations with the parliaments and peace-loving people of countries around the world, proceeding from the foreign policy of the Workers' Party of Korea based on the ideas of independence, peace and friendship, bitterly condemns the reckless remarks of Trump as an intolerable insult to the Korean people, a declaration of war against the DPRK and a grave threat to the global peace, the letter said, adding:
From the first day of his office Trump has engaged himself in high-handed and arbitrary practice, scrapping international laws and agreements incurring his displeasure on the "U.S.-first principle", the height of American way of thinking that it is best if the U.S. is well-off at the expense of the whole world.
The U.S. brought to their knees those countries devoid of principle, narrow-minded and selfish countries seeking after their interests with its nuclear stick and force and then cooked up the illegal "sanctions resolution" against the DPRK to deny the elementary right to existence of the Korean people and check their normal economic development in breach of the inviolable UN Charter by abusing the UN Security Council. This is an intensive act of the revelation of the "U.S.-first principle".
Trump threatened to totally destroy the DPRK, a dignified independent and sovereign state and a nuclear power. It is an extreme act of threatening to totally destroy the whole world.
If Trump thinks that he would bring the DPRK, a nuclear power, to its knees through nuclear war threat, it will be a big miscalculation and an expression of ignorance.
The DPRK has emerged a full-fledged nuclear power which has a strong nuclear arsenal and various kinds of nuclear delivery means made by dint of self-reliance and self-development. The real foe of its nuclear force is a nuclear war itself.
The Foreign Affairs Committee of the DPRK SPA takes this opportunity to express belief that the parliaments of different countries loving independence, peace and justice will fully discharge their due mission and duty in realizing the desire of mankind for international justice and peace with sharp vigilance against the heinous and reckless moves of the Trump administration trying to drive the world into a horrible nuclear disaster. -0-
S. Korean Authorities' Wretched Plight Derided
Pyongyang, September 16 (KCNA) -- A spokesman of the Consultative Council for National Reconciliation in a statement Friday derided the south Korean authorities who were driven into a tight corner in the face of a flurry of criticism of their "north policy" at home and abroad.
There is nothing for them to get embarrassed with and they should not blame others for it, the statement said, and went on:
As for the present south Korean authorities' "north policy", it is blamed as "an uncertain policy devoid of clear target", "policy for currying favor with master", "policy carrying false and intrusive assertions" and "policy shunning the desire and requirements of the nation".
By nature, the present south Korean authorities' "north policy" is full of troublesome and controversial points and is devoid of essence that it is destined to get scrapped.
"Simultaneous realization of dialogue and pressure", its alleged keynote point, is enough to prove its nature as extremely contradictory and unrealizable sophism.
Their "north policy" is nothing different from the one-sided policy of confrontation pursued by the Lee Myung Bak and Park Geun Hye conservative regimes.
Question is what the south Korean authorities met for pursuing the futile "north policy".
The north-south relations plunged into a stalemate even before making a start and the south Korean authorities faced a wretched plight, being snubbed and rejected everywhere they went.
What matters here is that the south Korean candlelight demonstrators who played a key role in the emergence of the present regime began to turn their backs on the regime, displeased with the things done by it.
The south Korean authorities should come to their senses, though belatedly, and draw a due lesson from their wretched plight.
They have to make a responsible option--whether to pursue the policy for confrontation with the fellow countrymen through sycophancy toward the U.S. while reading the face of it and the conservative group only to meet miserable ruin or whether to join hands with the fellow countrymen and opt for improving the north-south relations from the stand of national independence as wished by all Koreans and the candlelight demonstrators. -0-
DPRK Delegation Rejects UNSC "Presidential Statement"
Pyongyang, September 2 (KCNA) -- The DPRK delegation clarified the following principled stand categorically rejecting the "presidential statement", cooked up by the UNSC over the DPRK's recent successful launch of intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket, at the plenary third session of the Geneva Disarmament Conference on August 30:
The intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket launching drill staged by the Strategic Force of the Korean people's Army on Aug. 29 is a curtain-raiser to strong countermeasures against the hostile forces' Ulji Freedom Guardian joint military exercises.
We had already served a meaningful warning that we would keep an eye on the U.S. moves, but the U.S. responded to it with the bellicose war exercises for aggression.
There is no guarantee that the huge armed forces which amassed in south Korea will not go over into action, now that the military tension on the Korean peninsula has reached its climax.
The present touch-and-go situation on the peninsula is entirely attributable to the U.S.
The UNSC turned its face away from our complaint over the said joint war exercises and again cooked up the "presidential statement", a product of the U.S.-led anti-DPRK plots and clear evidence of unfair double standards. We, therefore, categorically reject it.
If the U.S. acts rashly, despite our repeated warnings that the U.S. should ponder over the disastrous consequences to be entailed by its reckless military provocation, we will take a more powerful counteraction. -0-
Nationwide Anti-U.S. Resistance Called for
Pyongyang, August 14 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the North Side Committee for Implementing June 15 Joint Declaration in a statement Monday called for raising higher the flame of nationwide anti-U.S resistance.
The statement said that the south Koreans and overseas compatriots have courageously turned out in anti-U.S. resistance to cope with the U.S. imperialists and the warmongers at home and abroad keen on inflicting the holocaust of nuclear war on this land. The statement extended full support and solidarity to them.
The U.S. is talking about a "preventive war" and a "preemptive attack on the north" while egging the south Korean puppet warmongers on to them as part of war provocation hysteria. But this is never to "defend" south Korea, the statement said, and went on:
This is the revelation of the sinister intention of the American colonialists to exterminate the Korean nation, turn the whole Korean peninsula into a base to realize their strategy for putting Northeast Asia under their control.
The U.S. cooked up the UN "sanctions resolution" against the DPRK while viciously faulting the DPRK's just measures for bolstering nuclear force for self-defence. This is aimed to foster mistrust, antagonism, hostility and confrontation among Koreans, hinder national reconciliation and unity and prevent the independent reunification of Korea.
The U.S. imperialists are the sworn enemy as they extremely threaten the sovereignty and the right to existence of the Koreans and the common prosperity of the nation after dividing the Korean nation into two and as they stand in the way of the national reunification, the supreme desire of the nation.
All the Korean people will wage a nationwide anti-U.S. resistance and certainly settle accounts with the U.S. imperialists committing all crimes against the Korean nation and the south Korean authorities going reckless without reason while acting a shock brigade in executing the U.S. traitorous and criminal moves for putting sanctions against the DPRK and stifling it.
The Koreans from all walks of life in the north and the south and abroad should raise higher the flame of nationwide anti-U.S. resistance to resolutely foil the U.S. imperialists' nuclear war moves against the north and realize the independent reunification of the country as early as possible through the great unity under the banner of By Our Nation Itself. -0-
NPCK Spokesman Slams S. Korean Regime's Move to Gloss over THAAD Issue
Pyongyang, July 29 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the National Peace Committee of Korea released a statement on Saturday accusing the south Korean regime of trying to gloss over the issue of THAAD deployment, yielding to the pressure from the U.S.
Recently, the south Korean authorities decided not to open to public the documents containing the truth behind the THAAD deployment for the reason that it might cause problems in sensitive diplomacy and security although they were found among the documents of the former Park Geun Hye regime at Chongwadae, the statement said, and went on:
This is because of the regime's concern that the publication of the documents may reveal the truth behind the deployment of THAAD enforced by the U.S., add fuel to the public struggle against the deployment and thus incur disfavor of the U.S.
During the past "presidential" election the present chief executive of south Korea promised not to push ahead with the deployment unilaterally, considering the mindset of the public opposed to the deployment.
But the present regime of south Korea has now broken the promise and made it an established fact to deploy THAAD. This is just a mockery and frontal challenge to the south Korean people.
It seemed in the past that the rulers of south Korea would tell the U.S. what they should tell over the issue of the THAAD deployment. But now it has been fully disclosed that it was just a cheap farce to calm down angry China and Russia. South Korea has nothing to say when it is faced with shower of strikes from the neighboring countries, not mere economic retaliation.
If the regime persists in kowtowing to the U.S., failing to realize that its move to deploy THAAD, pursuant to the U.S. policy, is so foolish and reckless, it will never escape miserable fate like the Park Geun Hye group of traitors.
The south Korean regime should come to its senses, though belatedly, and open to public all the documents related to the truth behind the deployment of THAAD enforced by the Park regime under the manipulation of the U.S.
It should stop the humiliating THAAD deployment, as demanded by the south Koreans, other Koreans in the north and abroad and the world peace-loving people. -0-
"Agreement" on Sexual Slavery for Imperial Japanese Army Is Intolerable
Pyongyang, July 15 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Korean Committee on Measures for the Sexual Slavery for Japanese Army and Drafting Victims issued a statement Saturday over the fact that the demand for annulment of the "agreement" on the sexual slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army, a product of the treachery by the Park Geun Hye group of traitors and the height of its sycophancy toward Japan, is growing in south Korea.
The "agreement" on the sexual slavery which the Park Geun Hye group finalized with the Abe group of Japan during its tenure is an unprecedented disgraceful document of treachery in which the Park group agreed to shield the hideous crime committed by the Japanese imperialists in return for just a few penny of money without wresting any apology, the statement said, and went on:
The sexual slavery issue, a hideous crime against humanity which inflicted intolerable insult and unspeakable harm to the Korean nation, is not an issue that can be solved through "renegotiations" or "diplomatic agreement".
This is an issue of removing sycophancy and submission deeply rooted and inherent in the south Korean society, and retaking the independent dignity of the nation.
There can never be enough compensation for the mental and physical pain done to the Korean nation by the Japanese imperialist aggressors and the ruinous life led by the victims of sexual slavery.
However, the Japanese reactionaries are still lording it over as a colonial suzerain state, extremely looking down upon the south Koreans, far from repenting of the past crimes. They say that "comfort women agreement is final and irreversible" and "there will be no more apology from Japan over the comfort women issue".
What is all the more serious is that the south Korean authorities are still resorting to the despicable act of treachery of selling off the dignity and interests of the nation while talking about "improved relations with Japan" and "future orientation" and covering up the heinous crimes committed against the Korean nation including the women.
The statement stressed that if the south Korean authorities are shamefully played into the hands of tricky and brazen-faced Japan, while submitting to Japan, in defiance of the nation's desire, they will leave shameful crime before the nation. -0-
Statement of DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesman
Pyongyang, July 7 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs Friday released a statement as regards the fact that the U.S. is pulling up the DPRK over the successful test-fire of intercontinental ballistic rocket Hwasong-14.
The statement said:
On July 4, the DPRK successfully carried out the test-fire of inter-continental ballistic rocket Hwasong-14 which stands for the final gate to completing the state nuclear force.
The success in the test-fire of Hwasong-14 at just one go is a brilliant victory achieved by the army and people of the DPRK in their more than half-a-century-long anti-imperialist, anti-U.S. showdown and a heroic deed that provided a reliable guarantee of peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and the region.
However, the U.S. is condemning the DPRK's test-fire as a "global threat" and is scheming to increase the international sanctions and pressure on the country to the top notch.
The DPRK makes it clear once again that its development of inter-continental ballistic rocket is an option taken to defend itself by completely terminating the hostile policy and nuclear war threat of the U.S. which have lasted for decades over the century.
There are several nuclear weapons states in the world today, but the U.S. is the one and only country that makes it its daily business to impose constant nuclear threat upon the DPRK.
The issue of the DPRK's nukes and ballistic rocket is an issue confined to the DPRK and the U.S., and the test-fire of the inter-continental ballistic rocket conducted by the DPRK this time is a "gift package" addressed to none other than the U.S.
No other ICBM states had been more transparent than the DPRK in the development and test-fire of inter-continental ballistic rocket.
The DPRK officially announced that it would commence the development of inter-continental ballistic rocket as it was the inevitable choice for the country to cope with ever-increasing nuclear threat from the U.S. and opened to public the entire process of combustion test and static firing test of the engine and the actual test-fire of the rocket, and even sensitive information such as tactical and technical data and specifications.
That is because the DPRK's inter-continental ballistic rocket is an unquestionable nuclear war deterrent which is fundamentally different from the military equipment for aggressive war developed in strict confidence by the U.S. with the wild ambition to dominate the world by means of surprise attack on other nations.
Nevertheless, the U.S. is branding the DPRK's legitimate and righteous measure for self-defense as a "global threat" and calling for "global action" against it. This is an explicit illustration of Trump's "America First Policy" that seeks its own interests by sacrificing others.
The mugger's mentality that tries to engage the entire world in opposing a sovereign state for the reason that the state incurred its displeasure will never find acceptance among any sensible people and independent countries.
The complete success in the test-fire of inter-continental ballistic rocket Hwasong-14 significantly enhanced the efficiency of the DPRK's nuclear force as a war deterrent, thereby more reliably ensuring peace and security in and around the Korean peninsula.
Now that the DPRK's capability to strike the very heart of the U.S. at any given time has been physically proved, the U.S. would find it more difficult to dare attack the DPRK.
Herein lies the world historical significance of the measures taken by the DPRK that has strengthened the powerful nuclear war deterrence in every dimension in pursuance of the new line of simultaneously developing the two fronts in the face of persistent pressure and sanctions by the hostile forces.
And this is the only way to defend oneself and safeguard the dignity of the nation in the present hostile world where the law of the jungle prevails.
It is high time the U.S. completely reoriented its strategic viewpoint on the DPRK, and it should give up its hostile policy against the latter and put a definite end to its nuclear threat and blackmail without further delay.
As has been declared by respected Supreme Leader Comrade Kim Jong Un, the DPRK will neither put its nukes and ballistic missiles on the negotiating table in any case nor flinch even an inch from the road of bolstering its nuclear force unless the hostile policy and nuclear threat of the U.S. against the DPRK are thoroughly eradicated.
The U.S. will receive more "gift packages" of different sizes from the DPRK in endless succession, as it tries harder to destroy, by means of sanctions and pressure, the overall national power and strategic position of the DPRK which have been drastically boosted. -0-
CCNR Issues Open Questionnaire to S. Korean Authorities
Pyongyang, June 24 (KCNA) -- The Consultative Council for National Reconciliation (CCNR) issued an open questionnaire addressed to the south Korean authorities on Friday.
In the questionnaire, the Council said that the statement of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country of the DPRK, which clarified the principled stand to usher in a new era for the improved north-south relations and independent reunification on the basis of the noble idea of By Our Nation Itself on the occasion of the 17th anniversary of the June 15 joint declaration, has commanded unanimous support of all the fellow countrymen in the north and the south and abroad.
But the present south Korean authorities keep mum about the fundamental and principled issue for improvement of the north-south relations, reading the faces of the U.S. and the conservative group, and do not hesitate to reveal their scheme for sanctions and pressure on the DPRK, finding fault with its legitimate step for bolstering the nuclear force for self-defense, it pointed out.
Saying that due to such irresolute and inappropriate attitude, the north-south relations still fail to escape from the mire of catastrophe even an inch, in like manner as the period of the conservative regime, the CCNR made the following open questionnaire to the south Korean authorities in the name of the whole nation:
1. Do you have a willingness to reject cooperation with foreign forces and solve the north-south relations independently on the basis of the idea of By Our Nation Itself.
2. Can you make a decision to stop the south Korea-U.S. joint military exercises, main factor of aggravating the situation on the Korean peninsula.
3. Do you have a will to unconditionally stop all sorts of mud-slinging inciting mistrust and animosity between the fellow countrymen.
4. Can you respond to the DPRK's stand on taking practical measures to remove military conflicts between the north and the south.
5. Are you ready to come out for a dialogue with the DPRK, without raising "the north's nuclear issue".
6. Can you retract the stand for "sanctions and pressure accompanied by dialogue", recognizing that it would only worsen the north-south relations.
7. Can you take bold steps to liquidate the wrongdoings of the conservative group of traitors that brought catastrophic results--total rupture of the north-south relations.
8. Can you show their willingness for improved north-south relations by repatriating DPRK women citizens who were abducted by the conservative group.
9. Can you actively join in the unanimous desire and efforts of all the fellow countrymen in the north and the south and overseas for holding a pan-national conference.
The south Korean authorities should give definite answers to these questions reflecting the will of the whole nation, mindful that all Koreans are watching their attitude, the Council stressed. -0-
KAPPC Spokesman Urges U.S. to Stop Sanctions and Pressure on DPRK
Pyongyang, June 10 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee (KAPPC) in a statement Saturday denounced the U.S. for its frantic racket for putting military pressure and sanctions on the DPRK.
The Trump group staged the madcap preemptive nuclear strike drills against the DPRK after deploying two nuclear carrier strike groups in the East Sea of Korea and by introducing B-1B strategic bombers from Guam. Then they brought nuclear submarine into Pusan Port and on May 30 held a missile interception test simulating the DPRK's inter-continental ballistic rocket attack.
On June 1 they made public "independent sanctions" on the DPRK and on June 3 spearheaded the adoption of another "sanctions resolution" by use of voting machine of the UN.
The statement branded this as the most hideous hostile act negating the right to independence and existence of the DPRK, and an extremely dangerous provocative act of pushing the situation on the Korean peninsula already on the verge of explosion into the extreme phase.
Saying that it is shameless sophism and the height of high-handed and arbitrary practices for the U.S. and its vassal forces to find fault with the measures of the DPRK for increasing the military capabilities for self-defence, the statement clarified the following principled stand of the DPRK:
1. The U.S. and its vassal forces have to clearly understand that with nothing can they deprive the DPRK of its full-fledged right to have access to nuclear deterrence.
The U.S., which forced the DPRK to have access to nuke, is speaking in public of "dialogue" which premises the "complete nuclear dismantlement" and ratcheting up sanctions and pressure. However, the DPRK will not be taken aback into laying down the nuke which it has already had a firm hold on.
2. The U.S. and its vassal forces have to drop the foolish ambition of browbeating the DPRK through frantic sanctions and military pressure.
American-style bluffing and arbitrary practices, by which it makes only those weak countries without nuke its military plaything, will never work on the DPRK.
3. The U.S. persistent racket for sanctions and military pressure on the DPRK will accelerate the miserable end of the American empire.
The U.S. has to clearly understand its rival and immediately stop the provocative sanctions and reckless military pressure, which is as foolish, reckless and suicidal an act as touching the fully-charged nuclear detonator. -0-
DPRK's Strength Declares End to U.S. Strategy of Horror
Pyongyang, May 20 (KCNA) -- The Korean Central News Agency Friday issued an article "DPRK's strength declares end to the U.S. strategy of horror" as regards the successful test-fire of ground-to-ground medium-to-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12, another slap in the face of the bluffing U.S.
The birth of "Juche weapon", another powerful treasured sword for independence, is a great event in the history as it showed the world how to control the U.S. seeking tyranny and war and resorting to nuclear blackmail, and it is the offspring of the inexhaustible strength of the rapidly developing DPRK, the article notes, and says:
Today, the strategy of horror and bluffing of the U.S. trying to test on the DPRK while vociferating about "maximum pressure and engagement", can never work the DPRK.
The strategy of horror has been frequently employed to attain the aggression aims by creating extremely disturbed feelings and threatening circumstances against other countries and nations. It is based on the "gunboat diplomacy" of big powers which came out to make colonies in modern times.
When the "gunboat diplomacy" was prevalent in aggressor countries, the U.S., too, had used it as one of the main ways for overseas aggression.
The U.S. emerged the first nuclear weapons state and the ringleader of imperialism ahead of the end of the Second World War, and it changed its "gunboat diplomacy" into the nuclear blackmail strategy, more violent.
When the world political structure was divided into socialism and capitalism after the war, the U.S. strategy was focused on blackmailing and collapsing the ever-more developing socialist countries.
The U.S. mobilized its citizens into the frantic "Red-hunting" by inciting reactionary "McCarthyism" and declared its overseas version of the Cold War and staged on a full scale the military confrontation with socialist countries while launching the black propaganda branding them as "devils".
The U.S. strategy of horror reached to the extremes in pursuing the hostile policy toward the DPRK.
In the middle of the last century the U.S. ignited the Korean War and threatened with A-bomb the Korean people who suffered the first nuclear disaster by its A-bomb attack on Japan.
Its strategy of horror has reached the worst phase after the emergence of the Trump administration.
The Trump administration put forward the settlement of the nuclear issue of the DPRK as the first item of its diplomacy and security policy and confirmed "maximum pressure and engagement" as its DPRK policy. Talking about "approach to north Korea means preemptive attack", it makes no scruple to show that its strategy is hard-line hostile policy eclipsing the policies of the preceding administrations.
It mobilized high-ranking officials of the White House and media to launch a massive threatening offensive, saying that "the military option is on the table and a solution to the north Korea issue is the only military action." Not content with this, Trump repeatedly posted on his twitter "warnings" to the DPRK, labeling it target of "world threats".
The Trump administration massively hurled the U.S. nuclear strategic assets and special warfare forces and equipment into the largest-ever joint military drills Key Resolve and Foal Eagle 17 to conduct the exercises for preemptive attack aiming at "removal of the supreme leadership" of the DPRK and "overthrow of its social system," thus bringing another nuclear war crisis to the Korean peninsula.
Together with the dangerous nuclear blackmail strategy involving triad-strategic assets such as nuclear strategic bomber, ICBM and nuclear submarine, the U.S. strategy of horror is being implemented in an all-round way and multiple forms by forcing neighboring countries of the DPRK and other countries concerned to politically and diplomatically isolate the DPRK and impose tougher economic sanctions and persistent cultural infiltration.
The earth is under the reign of the jungle law, and justice and truth are violated owing to the U.S. strategy of horror which is disturbing the world peace and security and bringing unrest and crisis to the international community.
However, the U.S. tyrannical strategy of horror can never work on the DPRK only.
The DPRK has not hesitated nor vacillated in the standoff of more than 70 years with the U.S., "the only superpower in the world" which other nuclear possessors dare not oppose. It has staunchly advanced along the road of independence, Songun and socialism with the offensive fighting spirit and indomitable will.
The strength of the DPRK, which is rapidly developing despite arrogance of the U.S., and its strong spirit to beat back the empire of evils prove that the U.S. noisy strategy of blackmail is the bluffing one, only able to play the weak countries and nations without nukes like jellyfish, and the "empty gun strategy".
The great strength of the DPRK is now terrifying the U.S. which boasts that it has thousands of nuclear warheads and it is "the world's biggest economic entity." This strength does by no means come from money or A-bomb. It is just the strength of the great idea, the strategic depth guaranteeing the victory of the DPRK and the decisive factor of its victory.
Today the DPRK is displaying its dignity as an invincible power with the might of great idea, single-minded unity that can never be broken even by nukes, tremendous military strength and inexhaustible self-development force.
Gone are days never to return when the U.S. could threaten the DPRK with nukes. The U.S. is no longer an existence of threat and horror to the DPRK and, on the contrary, the latter poses the biggest threat and horror to the U.S.
Great is the strength of the DPRK which is leading the building of a new world, peaceful and prosperous, while foiling the U.S. strategy of horror woven with high-handed and arbitrary practices, aggression and intervention.
The DPRK will as ever defend itself with the strength of justice and reliably ensure peace and security of the Korean peninsula and the region and the rest of the world. -0-
DPRK Permanent Mission to UN Issues Press Statement
Pyongyang, May 13 (KCNA) -- The permanent mission of the DPRK to the United Nations on Thursday issued a press statement to clarify the stand of the DPRK government over the fact that the anti-DPRK moves of the U.S. and the abuse of power by the UNSC Committee, established pursuant to resolution 1718(2006) on the DPRK, have gone to the extremes.
Nowadays the U.S. resorts to the foolish scheme to encourage the increased environment for implementation of the "sanction resolutions" against the DPRK, staging such closed briefings by the Committee for each regional group countries at the UN Headquarters one after another, which are unprecedented ever in the UN history, the press statement pointed out, saying:
The U.S. raises its voice before the member states, claiming that many countries are not fully engaged in implementation of the "sanction resolutions" against the DPRK and even intimidating others into the implementation, openly threatening that member nations would be faced with "strong measures of sanction" if they do not implement or show less interest in fulfilling their obligation to implement the "sanction resolutions".
This only shows illegality and injustice of the "sanction resolutions" cooked up and imposed by the U.S. against the DPRK.
It is self-evident truth that there is no need going to the trouble of begging or blackmailing others into the implementation of "resolutions", if they were regarded reasonable, fully based on justice and clear with their legal ground that could be accepted by the international community.
Besides, there is no other way but to interpret it as the behavior of arrogation that the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1718(2006) on the DPRK raised questions even on normal trading deals and operation of restaurants between countries as "illegal acts" by overturning interpretation of the UN "resolution", which clearly stipulates that it is not intended to have adverse humanitarian consequences for the civilian population of the DPRK or to affect negatively those activities, including economic activities and cooperation.
It will be only a laughing stock of the international community that with hysteria about sanctions, the U.S. has mistaken even ordinary restaurants run by the DPRK abroad for nuke or ballistic rocket manufacturers, so frightened at the tremendous military strength of the DPRK with nuclear force as a pivot, and the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1718(2006) on the DPRK has been reduced to the mere tool of executing U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK.
If the UNSC considers that its "sanction resolutions" are legitimate, then there will be no reason for it not to meet the repeated demand of the DPRK for an international forum of legal experts to clarify the legal basis of the "resolutions".
The UNSC, before it forces other countries to implement the "resolutions", should reconsider why they are not being implemented and should try to clarify their legality in the proposed forum.
The DPRK government determines such crazy hostile acts being committed by the U.S. and the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1718(2006) on the DPRK under the pretext of sanctions as a heinous crime against humanity aimed to trample down the sovereignty of the DPRK and its people's right to existence and thus pull the country back into the life of dark age, disregarding the basics of the international law and common sense of legitimate trade deals among countries, and therefore totally rejects such kinds of "resolutions". -0-
Press Release of North Side Preparatory Committee for Pan-National Conference
Pyongyang, May 1 (KCNA) -- The North Side Preparatory Committee for the Pan-National Conference for Peace and Reunification of the Country and Development of North-south Relations made public a press released on Monday.
According to it, a ceremony for inaugurating the preparatory committee of workers organizations in the north and the south for the Pan-National Conference took place in the north and the south of Korea on the 127th May Day.
Attending the ceremony in Pyongyang were officials of the C.C., General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea (GFTUK), members of its reunification committee and delegates of industrial and regional trade unions, including the C.C., Metal and Machine Trade Union of Korea, the C.C., Education and Culture Trade Union of Korea, the C.C., Transport and Fishery Trade Union of Korea, the C.C., Mining and Power Trade Union of Korea and the Pyongyang City Committee of the GFTUK.
After speeches were made there, solidarity letters from the south Korean Confederation of Trade Unions and the Federation of Trade Unions of south Korea were read out.
Then, a preparatory committee of workers organizations in the north and the south for the Pan-National Conference was formed with the chairmen of workers organizations in the north and the south as co-chairmen.
And it discussed an action program to enhance the vanguard role of workers organizations in the north and the south in ensuring the Pan-National Conference in close touch with the north, south and overseas side preparatory committees for the Conference.
The ceremony adopted an inaugural declaration of the preparatory committee of workers organizations in the north and the south for the Conference which was agreed between the workers organizations in the north and the south.
In the declaration the workers organizations in the north and the south said that the Pan-National Conference would become a significant occasion in implementing the north-south agreements to improve the north-south relations and open a new heyday of peace of the country and its independent reunification, underscoring the need to orient all exchanges and solidarity activities to be conducted between the workers organizations in the north and the south this year to holding the Conference.
Stressing that they would launch proactive and staunch activities to strengthen the forces for great national unity and check the war and confrontation moves of the separatist forces at home and abroad, the declaration expressed the firm resolution of the workers in the north and the south, the eldest son of the nation and engine of independent reunification, to take the lead in implementing the north-south declarations and holding the Pan-National Conference.
Meanwhile, a ceremony of the preparatory committee of the workers organizations in the south and the north for the Pan-National Conference took place in Seoul with delegates of organizations of all social standings attending, under the sponsorship of the south Korean Confederation of Trade Unions and the Federation of Trade Unions of south Korea.
A solidarity letter from the GFTUK Central Committee was read out at the ceremony. -0-
U.S. Provocative Option Will Meet Toughest Counteraction of DPRK: KPA General Staff
Pyongyang, April 14 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army (KPA) issued a statement Friday as regards the extremely dangerous situation prevailing on the Korean peninsula due to the Trump administration's reckless military provocation.
The Trump administration of the U.S. began to disclose its brigandish nature timed to coincide with Key Resolve and Foal Eagle nuclear war games now under way in across south Korea, the statement said, and went on:
The DPRK policy shaped by the Trump administration is first to put high-intensity sanctions and pressure together with someone, second to constantly keep tactical nuclear weapons deployed in south Korea and third to launch an independent military action aimed at "beheading operation" against the leadership of the DPRK and "preemptive strike".
In actuality, the Trump administration, which made a surprise cruise guided missile strike at Syria on April 6, has entered the path of open threat and blackmail against the DPRK, describing it as "a strong warning message" to it.
The U.S. State secretary, Defense secretary and other officials concerned with security of the U.S. are openly crying out more often than not for launching an independent military action against the DPRK.
Under the prevailing situation where the Trump administration's serious military hysteria has reached a dangerous phase which can no longer be overlooked, the KPA General Staff re-clarifies its principled stand as follows upon authorization:
1. All the brigandish provocative moves of the U.S. in the political, economic and military fields pursuant to its hostile policy toward the DPRK will thoroughly be foiled through the toughest counteraction of the army and people of the DPRK.
Our toughest counteraction against the U.S. and its vassal forces will be taken in such a merciless manner as not to allow the aggressors to survive.
Under the prevailing grave situation, the U.S. has to come to its senses and make a proper option for the solution of the problem.
The army and people of the DPRK will as ever courageously counter those who encroach upon the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK and will always mercilessly foil all the provocative options of the U.S. with Korean-style toughest counteraction. -0-
KSDP Sends Appeal to Parties, Organizations and Personages of S. Korea
Pyongyang, March 31 (KCNA) -- The Central Committee of the Korean Social Democratic Party Friday sent an appeal to the political parties, organizations and personages of different social standings in south Korea.
The situation remains so tense on the Korean peninsula due to the reckless nuclear war drills being staged by the U.S. and south Korean military gangsters that a nuclear war may break out any moment, the appeal said, and went on:
Different forms of war drills for aggression on the north were staged in south Korea every year but never there has been such worst saber-rattling in its nature, goal and scale as the on-going war rehearsals.
The reality goes to prove that the moves of the U.S. imperialists for a nuclear war have gone beyond the critical phase.
All Koreans should turn out in the struggle to resolutely check the reckless nuclear war drills of the U.S. and south Korean warmongers.
It is the stand of our Social Democratic Party that to prevent a war and protect peace is the way for defending the life of the fellow countrymen and safety of the nation.
All the parties and people from all walks of life in south Korea should rise up in the anti-U.S., anti-war struggle for peace, clearly seeing through the nature of the U.S., the chieftain of aggression and disturber of peace.
It is the urgent demand for preventing a war and protecting peace to wipe out the traitors bringing a nuclear war disaster while serving the U.S. in disregard of the destiny and interests of the nation.
All the south Korean people should dynamically turn out in the actions to make a clean sweep of the elements keen on confrontation with the fellow countrymen and war maniacs, holding higher the candlelight of justice which severely punished the worst sycophant and traitor Park Geun Hye.
The KSDP is convinced that political parties, organizations and people of different social standings in south Korea who love justice and peace will courageously turn out in the sacred struggle for peace against war and independent reunification in hearty response to our patriotic call. -0-
National Reunification Institute Exposes True Nature of S. Korean Puppet Army
Pyongyang, March 25 (KCNA) -- The National Reunification Institute of the DPRK issued a white paper Saturday disclosing the despicable true nature of the south Korean puppet army, a group that has become more corrupt and undisciplined under the rule of traitor Park Geun Hye.
Jeering at the south Korean puppet army as a scare-crow army caught by war-weariness, the white paper says:
According to information revealed by the puppet National Assembly, the number of soldiers, who were discharged due to proclivity to evasion of military service and aversion to it developing into mental diseases, stood at over 15 000 in 2016 alone, five times as many as the figure under the Lee Myung Bak regime as a whole. Every year an average of 3 400 young people seek foreign nationalities for the evasion of military service.
73 percent of middle- and low-ranking military officers and 85 percent of non-commissioned officers have the tendency to evade service and over 85 000 soldiers request discharges from service, complaining of melancholy and other mental troubles, according to data minimized by the puppet military.
Branding the south Korean army as a group of undisciplined men resembling the corrupt "yusin" prostitute, the white paper goes on:
When the puppet defence ministry ordered "contingency" in February 2013, more than 240 military bosses including the air chief of staff and the navy chief of staff were dined and wined in a back parlor and played golf, after sending their soldiers to the first line, which sparked off a social uproar.
An average of one suicide in three days is reported in the army and those who were confirmed not to be appropriate for service doubled as before. A total of 49 300 soldiers are classified to belong to soldiers of "concern and danger" as they are judged to be capable of committing such crimes as opening fire into superiors and colleagues with the development of symptom of mental derangement attributable to harsh exercises and physical torture.
The south Korean puppet army is a huge Mafia group trained by the "yusin" descendent.
With the traits of making money through the supply of cheap and poorly-made munitions to military units after being bribed by munitions businesses prevalent among generals of the army, 70 percent of those above lieutenant general gained $700 000 worth property each and eight generals embezzled over one million U.S. dollars each in 2013 alone.
Scandal is most serious in the field of munitions industry.
Military-turned munitions businessmen form a network among themselves to be called military mafia.
South Korea has turned into a scrapped U.S. weaponry exhibition and the military into a concentration camp without bars and an approved theatre of human rights abuses.
Such military warmongers as puppet Defence Minister Han Min Gu still incite war fever, recklessly crying out for "punishment" and "readiness for war", far from drawing a lesson from the miserable end of traitor Park Geun Hye who was severely punished by the public for her hideous provocations and north-targeted war exercises.
Should a war break out, the arms of the soldiers of the puppet army will be aimed at the corrupt and incompetent Park Geun Hye group of traitors including Han Min Gu before anyone else. -0-
DPRK's Measures to Bolster Nuclear Force for Self-Defense Will Go on
Pyongyang, March 7 (KCNA) -- The U.S. hegemonic scenario to dominate the world with strategic nuclear edge is being steadily disclosed.
In the middle of February, the U.S. test-fired submarine-launched ballistic missile "Trident-2 D-5" capable of carrying Mt-class nuclear warheads in the Pacific.
And it is stepping up the modernization of nuclear weapons as evidenced by the entry into the practical phase of replacing Ohio-class strategic nuclear submarines, which play an important role in carrying out the U.S. policy of nuclear blackmail, with more powerful Colombia-class nuclear submarines.
The present chief executive of the U.S., when interviewed by foreign media on Feb. 23, asserted that the U.S. nuclear force is left behind other countries, underscoring the need to bolster up its nuclear force in a bid to keep a dominating position in the military muscle.
On Feb. 27, he proposed a 10 percent increase in military spending for the next fiscal year over that in the previous fiscal year.
This is no more than nuclear confrontational hysteria to dominate the world with an unchallenged nuclear edge.
No matter how often the U.S. may claim that it is left behind other countries and it is not making muscle flexing before the world, it cannot cover up its scenario to modernize nuclear weapons.
It is the U.S. which has the biggest stockpile of latest nuclear weapons and is pushing forward the state strategy of dominating the world with them as its mainstay.
The successive U.S. rulers have persistently resorted to the moves to monopolize nuclear weapons to dominate mankind under the deceptive signboard of "nuclear disarmament" and "world free from nuclear weapons".
Even at this moment the U.S. is invariably pushing forward the project for modernizing nuclear weapons requiring one trillion U.S. dollars which had been pressed forward by the previous administration under the motto of "peace backed by force of arms." There are assertions calling for the repeal of treaties on the reduction of nuclear weapons signed with other big powers.
The U.S. is the biggest nuclear weapons state and a nuclear criminal state which inflicted the first nuclear disaster on mankind. Therefore, its undisguised ambition of hegemony and moves to modernize nuclear weapons would only increase the danger of a nuclear war and nuclear arms race on our planet.
Under the situation where the U.S. stage nuclear war drills against the DPRK in south Korea and its vicinity every year and watch for a chance of making a preemptive nuclear attack, it is quite unreasonable for the DPRK to scrap nuclear weapons.
Under the present international situation where the U.S. and its vassal forces' policy of nuclear threat and blackmail persist, the DPRK will bolster up military capability for self-defense with nuclear force as pivot and ability of making a preemptive attack in order to preserve the country's sovereignty and the nation's right to existence.
The DPRK's measures to bolster up the nuclear force for self-defense will go on until the nuclear weapons are eliminated from the earth. -0-
Neighboring Country's Mean Behavior: Written by Jong Phil
Pyongyang, February 23 (KCNA) -- The DPRK made a complete success in the test-fire of surface-to-surface medium to long-range strategic ballistic missile Pukguksong-2 on February 12 under the energetic guidance of respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. The news instantly jolted the world and the international community is acknowledging the nuclear attack capability of the DPRK that has made rapid progress in quality.
Leading media of the world are unanimous in assessing that the acknowledged success in the test-fire of Pukguksong-2 was a demonstration of the DPRK's strategic superiority as it proved impossibility of advance detection by satellite, interception and preemptive attack.
However, a neighboring country, which often claims itself to be a "friendly neighbor", is downplaying the significance of the test-fire, branding it as a "nuclear technology just at the beginning" and threatening "the DPRK will suffer the biggest loss."
In particular, it has unhesitatingly taken inhumane steps such as totally blocking foreign trade related to the improvement of people's living standard under the plea of the UN "resolutions on sanctions" devoid of legal ground.
It has often stated that the UN "resolutions on sanctions" should not have negative impact on the people's living. Its recent measures are, in effect, tantamount to the enemies' moves to bring down the social system in the DPRK.
This country, styling itself a big power, is dancing to the tune of the U.S. while defending its mean behavior with such excuses that it was meant not to have a negative impact on the living of the people in the DPRK but to check its nuclear program.
The righteous voices of the world deride it, commenting that "a big neighboring country is imposing sanctions on the DPRK to curry favor with the U.S." But the hostile forces are shouting "bravo" over this.
The DPRK manufactured a nuclear weapon in a few years, which would take others tens of years, and completed the new latest strategic weapon system in a matter of six months with its own efforts and indigenous technology. This shows the might of its tremendous defence industry.
It is utterly childish to think that the DPRK would not manufacture nuclear weapons and inter-continental ballistic rockets if a few penny of money is cut off.
The DPRK will produce the latest weapons unprecedented in history as many as it wants as it has the self-reliant defence industry, provided by President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il with their lifelong dedication, and scientists and technicians in the field of defence industry working hard in do-or-die spirit guided by the faith that the strategic idea and intention of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea must be put into practice.
These weapons would invest the DPRK with capabilities for protecting peace and stability in Northeast Asia and the rest of the world.
The present reality makes the people of the DPRK keenly feel once again the validity of the WPK's line of simultaneously pushing forward the economic construction and the building of nuclear force.
The DPRK will invariably advance straight along the road indicated by the Party's line and deal a heavy blow to the U.S. and its vassal forces by dint of powerful nuclear deterrence and thus win the final victory. -0-
Japanese Reactionaries' Scheme to Stifle Democratic National Education of Korean Residents Condemned
Pyongyang, February 7 (KCNA) -- A spokesman of the Committee for Aiding Overseas Compatriots of Korea Monday issued a statement condemning the Japanese authorities for their base political suppression and inhumane actions to violate the democratic national rights of Korean residents in Japan.
According to the statement, the Osaka District Court of Japan on Jan. 26 made a decision of turning down the suit filed by the Osaka Korean School, one of the institutions for national education of Korean residents in Japan, in September 2012 in defense of the Korean residents' right to democratic national education.
As far as the suit is concerned, it reflected the just voices of the above-said institution and all the Korean residents in Japan rejecting the unjust decision made by the Osaka Prefecture and Osaka City authorities in March 2012 to unilaterally suspend the payment of subsidies for education which had been made since 1974.
The court's unjust decision reveals Japan's persistent chauvinist policy and vicious hostile policy towards the DPRK and the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, the statement said, adding:
Japan has moral and legal responsibility to guarantee the rights of Korean residents to national education in the light of the crimes committed by the Japanese imperialists in the past and its domestic law.
However, the Japanese reactionaries have desperately worked to suppress and stamp out Koreans' national education out of their extreme evil intention and political prejudices.
Even at this moment, violence and threat to obliterate the said education of the Korean residents are occurring in an unbroken chain and all sorts of pressure and blackmail against the Korean schools are now being perpetrated in a more sinister and cunning way in Japan where the ultra-rightist conservative forces are ruling the roost.
The right to national education is an important issue related to the human rights of the Korean residents in Japan, and it is a blatant challenge to international justice to violate this right.
The Japanese authorities should stop at once the nasty and vicious actions to abuse the issue of national education of the Koreans in Japan as a political and diplomatic bargaining before painting their country as a "law-governed state", the statement urged. -0-
Line of Simultaneously Building up Economy and Defence Is Banner of Victory
Pyongyang, January 17 (KCNA) -- The international community is hardly repressing admiration at the miraculous outcome brought about by the DPRK's line of simultaneously pushing forward the economic construction and the building of nuclear force.
Doug Bandow, a U.S. expert on Korean affairs, said that the DPRK keeps successfully pushing forward the line on simultaneous development of the two fronts despite international sanctions, adding that the U.S. has faced the situation in which the supreme leader of the DPRK has set up firm leadership system and brought about sustained prosperity and turned the country into a nuclear weapons state possessed of capabilities for attacking the U.S. mainland.
The world media including those of Russia and China give wide publicity to the fact that the DPRK's possession of inter-continental ballistic rocket has become an undeniable truth, stressing that its missile and nuclear tests have made much greater progress beyond expectation of experts.
This is an expression of admiration at the reality in the DPRK making shining successes in economic construction and the building of a nuclear force, a clear proof of the validity and vitality of the Workers' Party of Korea's line on simultaneous development of the two fronts.
The strategic line is a scientific truth and banner of victory.
The line calls for cementing the defence capabilities as firm as an iron by bolstering the nuclear force for self-defence and at the same time building a socialist power by putting greater efforts on economic construction.
The DPRK has been exposed to decades of nuclear threat and blackmail due to the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK and this has rendered the situation on the Korean peninsula constantly tense in which a thermo-nuclear war may break out any moment.
The Korean people now face a historic task to end the U.S. nuclear threat, safeguard peace and security in the Korean peninsula and the region and build a prosperous country on this land at any cost.
The line on simultaneous development of the two fronts has become the most just strategic line and truth for its accurate reflection of the prevailing situation and the requirements of the developing revolution.
The victory of our strategic line is certain as it is based on the single-minded unity of the army and people working hard in the revolutionary spirit of self-reliance and fortitude, rallied close around the party despite the enemies' harsh obstruction and grim hardship, and the great capacity for self-development.
The DPRK has towered as a nuclear power in the East which others dare not provoke and a country of Mallima which brings about changes each moment, under the banner of the great line.
Those who challenge the truth are bound to ruin.
As long as the U.S. and its vassal forces continue applying nuclear threat and blackmail against the DPRK and as long as they keep waging nuclear war rackets every year at the doorstep of the DPRK, the latter will continue to bolster the capabilities for self-defence with a main emphasis on the nuclear force, and a preemptive attack.
The DPRK will certainly emerge as a great political power, military power, socialist economic power and a highly civilized nation with a firm hold on the line on simultaneous development of the two fronts. -0-
"Saenuri Party", Hotbed of Misrule and Corruption: KCNA Commentary
Pyongyang, December 14 (KCNA) -- Now unabated in south Korea is a struggle demanding the dissolution of the "Saenuri Party" along with the resignation of Park Geun Hye.
Massive protests are staged before buildings of the "Saenuri Party" and office of "lawmakers" in Youido of Seoul, Taegu, Taejon, Inchon, Changwon and other areas.
Flag symbolic of the traitorous political party is being torn to pieces amid the uproar of the people demanding the dissolution of the "Saenuri Party".
This is the eruption of the indignation and curses at the party which turned south Korea into a barren land of human rights and democracy and den of corruption by acting a servant and spokesman for traitor Park.
The "Saenuri Party" is a traitorous political party which produced the corrupt and incompetent Park Geun Hye regime and a group of the worst traitors which should face stern punishment by the nation together with Park Geun Hye as an accomplice in the hideous political scandal.
It is none other than coteries of the "Saenuri Party" which installed the descendent of the "yusin" dictator Park as "president" disguised as "politician of confidence and principle" and grew corpulent by blindly following Park who was no more than marionette of a shaman.
The "Saenuri Party" is a group of wicked criminals who should have been thrown into the cemetery of history long ago.
Since it disclosed its despicable nature as "Liberal Party" of traitor Syngman Rhee, the "Saenuri Party" has covered the shameful road of treachery, changing its names from "Democratic Republican Party", "Party of Democracy and Justice", "Party of Liberal Democracy", "New Korea Party" to "Grand National Party". It is recorded with sycophancy and treachery, fascist dictatorship and human rights abuses.
Looking back on the traitorous political party, their main players were without exception top-class sycophants and traitors, fascist murderers, anti-reunification maniacs and ill-famed kingpin of thieves.
No wonder, south Koreans are spitting at the "Saenuri Party" as the citadel of traitorous politics and corruption and irregularities.
The party has earned ill-fames from the south Koreans like "party of confrontation with fellow countrymen", "party mad on pro-U.S.", "war party", "anti-reunification party", "conservative and cold-war party", "rubbish party", "Mafia party", "party embezzling truckloads of money", "scandalous political party", "lustful party" and "sexual scandal party". Clearly reflected in these names is the despicable nature of the traitorous political party.
If the "Saenuri Party" is left intact, the second Park Geun Hye and second Choe Sun Sil will appear, making south Koreans subject to unavoidable disgrace, distress, misfortune and pain.
Recently the "Saenuri Party" is trying hard to find a stop-gap measure while talking about its "revamp" after the passage of a motion calling for Park's impeachment through the "National Assembly." But it is a foolish act.
It is the south Korean public mindset never to bring down the torch of struggle until the pro-U.S. conservative forces including Park and the "Saenuri Party" are swept away and a new society where people have become master of politics is built.
The resignation of Park and the dissolution of the "Saenuri Party" may take place any time. -0-
Parents of DPRK Abductees Send Letter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, President of Human Rights Council
Pyongyang, December 1 (KCNA) -- The parents of the 12 girls who fell victim to a group abduction operation masterminded by the south Korean authorities sent the following letter to the United Nations high Commissioner for Human Rights and the President of the Human Rights Council on November 28:
We are parents of the 12 girls abducted to south Korea in April this year by the gangsters of its intelligence service in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, China.
It is over 7 months since the south Korean authorities took our beloved daughters from us, who are in great anxiety to see them. They are Ri Un Gyong, Han Haeng Bok, Ri Son Mi, Ri Ji Ye, Ri Pom, Kim Hye Song, Ryu Song Yong, Jon Ok Hyang, Ji Jong Hwa, Pak Ok Byol, Kim Sol Gyong and So Kyong A.
Before long, we will be seeing in the new year, promising a new hope, expectation and happiness.
However, it really breaks our hearts to celebrate a new year without even knowing what is happening to our dear daughters. While we are writing this letter, tears are streaming down our faces as we are worried sick to see them, with no one telling us when they will come back.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the fact that immediately after the south Korean authorities had committed this heinous crime against humanity, we wrote a letter to you, asking for your help in returning our daughters to their home and asked several times for your reply.
It is, however, a great pity that no information has been provided on their status and treatment, far from their return to their home.
We are writing once again, hoping that our daughters might return one day if the United Nations human rights mechanisms make continued efforts, true to their principles of justice, truth as well as promotion and protection of human rights.
As already mentioned in our previous letter, all of our daughters led a happy and carefree life, giving full play to their talents under the warm care of the socialist system.
As such, they have no reason to abandon their homeland and parents. This is a well-accepted fact that no one can deny.
The group abduction of the 12 innocent girls committed in a third country by the south Korean intelligence service is the worst-ever heinous crime against humanity that outperforms the abduction by the fascist dictator of an opposition party politician in Tokyo, Japan in the 1970s.
Even at this moment the gangsters of the south Korean intelligence service are in a frenzy to brainwash our daughters while holding them incommunicado and not letting them sleep even a single minute after sensationalizing the abduction as the "group defection" and the "effect of the sanctions" and the like. They are beasts, not human beings.
It is our unanimous demand that such beasts must not remain unpunished since they have rejected outright the request of the south Korean civil society organizations for contact with our daughters so as to obtain information about their status, let alone our repeated calls for the south Korean authorities to grant us a contact.
What matters is that no one has seen or met our daughters as yet in contradiction to the announcement of the south Korean authorities that they had let them live a normal social life a couple of months ago.
Therefore, this announcement is yet another falsehood of the south Korean authorities who are experts in telling lies. It is also a way of their existence to go to any lengths to pursue confrontation with their fellow countrymen with the inveterate repugnance against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Moreover, the recent revelation that the south Korean chief executive completely severed the relations with the DPRK and, in particular openly incited in October this year "defection from the North", dancing to the tune of a female shaman that the DPRK will collapse within a couple of years, establishes that this group abduction is a collaboration between the inexperienced shaman and the chief executive, a proof of their complicity in this incident.
It seems that right at this moment, our daughters are shouting to us for help, eagerly wishing to come back to us, parents, because they can no longer endure the cruel and inhuman treatment of the intelligence service in south Korea without anyone to turn to for help.
The south Korean authorities are pursuing a vicious political end by separating the girls from us through the group abduction, while turning a blind eye to the division of the nation and territory caused by the outsiders that have inflicted indescribable pain and suffering on our nation. This shows that they are the worst-ever ring of terrorists and demons in history.
Such terrorists and devils must be brought to justice. Our patience has gone beyond its limit.
The cruel atrocity committed by the south Korean authorities deserves denunciation and due punishment of the justice-loving mankind and the international community, including the Korean nation.
We are sure that our daughters in south Korea are waiting for the hands of rescue while struggling against the coercion, lure and brainwashing of the barbarous criminals.
We acknowledge that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Human Rights Council play significant roles in helping our daughters return to their homeland.
We are well aware that it is the mission of the United Nations human rights mechanisms to conduct an exhaustive investigation into this thrice-cursed crime against humanity committed by the south Korean authorities and bring those perpetrators to justice and facilitate the reunion of the parents and daughters as soon as possible.
We will definitely continue to struggle until the day when our beloved daughters come back.
We are convinced that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Human Rights Council will, true to their mission, remain calling into question this crime against humanity committed by the south Korean authorities and demand an unconditional and immediate repatriation of the victims, thus realizing our reunion.
We strongly believe that you will not disappoint us.
Yours Sincerely. -0-
DPRK Permanent Mission to UN Issues Press Statement
Pyongyang, November 17 (KCNA) -- The Permanent Mission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the United Nations issued the following press statement with regard to the forced adoption of the "draft resolution" A/C.3/71/L.23 on the human rights situation in the DPRK submitted by the European Union (EU) and Japan at the Third Committee of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly on 15 November 2016:
The "resolution" has nothing to do with promotion and protection of genuine human rights as it is a product of plot and conspiracy proceeded from the political purpose of the United States and other hostile forces to stifle the DPRK by politicizing and maximizing the fictitious "human right issue."
The "resolution" even touched on non-existing issue of the so-called "exploitation" and "forced labour" of our workers sent abroad and "nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles" that have no relevance to human rights. As such, it is quite clear to everyone that it pursues political purpose to isolate and stifle the DPRK, in conjunction with the anti-DPRK sanction racket by the United States.
The United States has persistently pursued the hostile policy against the DPRK for over half a century since its inception in order to bring about collapse of its state and social system by mobilizing all ways and means.
The United States has maneuvered so far to pressurize the DPRK with the nuclear and "human rights" issues in parallel.
However, the United States, realizing that they could not succeed in by the nuclear issue, is now trying to eliminate the DPRK under the disguise of the "human right issue."
Today, the United States continuously introduces into the Korean peninsula a large amount of its strategic nuclear assets and stages various kinds of aggressive joint military exercises with south Korea. It openly wages even the drills aimed at "decapitation" of the leadership of the DPRK and "occupation of Pyongyang."
Joining in such maneuvers of the United States, the EU and Japan tabled the anti-DPRK "draft resolution" at the Third Committee again this year.
This "resolution" which pursues ill-minded political purpose from A to Z just repeated in detail the contents of the "report of COI" running through with all lies, fabrications, plots and frauds and, thus, it is a document which carries no impartiality and credibility at all.
It is the consistent policy of the Government of the DPRK to continuously protect and promote the human rights of the popular masses with full responsibility.
The Government of the DPRK, despite persistent sanctions and pressure by the United States and other hostile forces, is concentrating all its efforts on improving the livelihood of the people and securing better future for them.
It is the stark reality of the DPRK that such superior measures for popular masses as universal free medical care, free education, free housing and equality between men and women continue to take effect and that all people fully exercise and enjoy their human rights in all sectors of their social life.
The people in the DPRK take immense pride in the socialist system of the country which was chosen, consolidated and further developed by their own will as well as in the genuine system of ensuring human rights which capitalism can neither achieve nor imitate at all.
Before criticizing the human rights issues of other countries, the EU and Japan should look into their own grave human rights violations as well as those of their allies, reflect upon their crimes against humanity including the worst-ever refugee crisis, and take appropriate measures to address them.
In particular, Japan should take measures to apologize and compensate for such extra-large crimes against humanity it had committed in the past towards the Korean people and many other nations of the world as abduction and forcible drafting of 8.4 million Koreans, massacre of 1 million of them and imposition of sexual slavery on 200 000 women and girls.
All this clearly proves that the hostile forces are leaving no stone unturned to mislead the world and pursuing ill-minded political objectives to eliminate the socialist system of the DPRK which is a genuine living cradle for the people.
The DPRK hopes for sincere dialogue and cooperation in the international human rights field. However, it will take all appropriate measures vis-a-vis the hostile acts against the DPRK that become increasingly aggressive under the pretext of "human rights." -0-
DPRK's Juche Satellites Will Continue to Soar Despite Park Geun Hye Group's Obstructions- NADA Spokesman
Pyongyang, October 20 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the National Aerospace Development Administration (NADA) of the DPRK made public a statement Thursday in connection with the fact that the Park Geun Hye group of traitors are viciously pulling up the DPRK over its satellite launch and its right to use space for peaceful purposes even in the international arena.
At the recent meeting of the 4th Committee of the 71st UN General Assembly the DPRK delegate clarified the consistent principle and stand of the DPRK on the legitimate satellite launch and the right to use space for peaceful purposes, commanding strong sympathy and support of the attendants.
The south Korean puppet delegate who was watching for an opportunity to find fault with the DPRK doggedly earned the right to speak as soon as the DPRK delegate's speech was over and uttered that "the international community is striving for the use of space for peaceful purposes but the north is an exception" and "the north is continuously violating the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council".
He went the lengths of asserting that "any attempt of the north to justify banned activities by citing the right to use space for peaceful purposes is illegal".
As the DPRK delegate refuted his remarks with reasonable logic and by citing relevant law, he said that "it is clear that the true aim sought by the north in launching satellite is not for peaceful purposes" and that "it is necessary to seriously examine the issue of the north's qualifications as a member nation of the UN".
The spokesman ridiculed the recent act of the south Korean puppet group as a hysteric fit of those taken aback by the invincible spirit and might of the DPRK making a long drive undeterred by all sorts of challenges and obstructions of the hostile forces.
The recent strange attitude of the puppet delegate at the UN General Assembly was pursuant to the Park Geun Hye group's sinister intention to brand the DPRK's exercise of its independent right as "provocation" and incite an international atmosphere for putting sanctions and pressure on it.
Traitor Park who even let her stooges kick up a gangster-like confrontation racket in the international arena, is a shame on the nation, the spokesman said, and continued:
The groundless outpourings let out by the puppet group about the DPRK's satellite launch only clearly disclose the despicable true nature of itself as a group of idiots unable to distinguish satellite from long-range ballistic missiles, ignorant imbecile devoid of elementary discerning ability and a group of traitors keen on the confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the north.
Dogs bark but caravan moves on. No matter how desperately the puppet group may work to prolong their remaining days while clinging to the coattail of their American master, the DPRK will launch more Juche satellites and step up the dynamic advance for conquering vast space under the five-year plan for the state space development.
The Park group should clearly know that the more desperately they may try to block the DPRK's peaceful space development, the bitterer international shame they will only face and the further they will precipitate their miserable end. -0-
NPCK Spokesman Accuses Park Geun Hye Group of Trying to Deploy THAAD
Pyongyang, September 15 (KCNA) -- The Park Geun Hye group, stunned by the DPRK's successful nuclear warhead explosion test, is now going reckless to deploy THAAD in south Korea at any cost with this as an excuse.
Traitor Park is viciously inciting "crisis of security" and hostility toward the DPRK as if she had got a golden opportunity, crying out for "extremely grave situation of state emergency level" and "readiness to end the north's regime." And she is cunningly trying to prevent the no-THAAD campaign of south Korean people from all walks of life on this opportunity while trumpeting about "strong counteraction".
At an "emergency meeting for examining security situation," "state council meeting" and talks with representatives of the ruling party and two opposition parties she talked rubbish that "she cannot but deploy THAAD" and she "would push forward THAAD deployment more swiftly" and, at same time, unhesitatingly revealed sinister attempt to suppress the opposition parties and people of all social standings against THAAD deployment, branding them as "undesirable forces" and "forces creating social uneasiness".
A spokesman for the National Peace Committee of Korea (NPCK) in a statement on Thursday said this shows what reckless phase the Park group's traitorous hysteria against the DPRK has reached.
However, it is nothing but a bluff of Park frightened by the rapid development of the nuclear force of the DPRK on a high level, the statement noted, and went on:
Though THAAD is deployed in south Korea, there will be no change in the destiny of the U.S. reaching a terminal of ruin and in the plight of the Park group clinging its coattails.
It is ignorant and foolish for Park to deter the smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear attack means of the DPRK with U.S. THAAD.
The Park group would be well advised to stop acting rashly, pondering over what extent the strategic position of the DPRK has reach and how dangerous the situation will be.
The group of traitors had better listen carefully to the DPRK's warnings that their heinous political and military provocation will incur merciless nuclear strike to lead them to a final ruin.
All Koreans should never tolerate the moves of the Park group to deploy THAAD bringing horrible nuclear disaster to this land. -0-
C.C., DFRK Calls for Bringing about New Dawn of Independent Reunification and Prosperity of Nation
Pyongyang, September 7 (KCNA) -- The Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of Korea (DFRK) sent an appeal to the whole Korean nation on Wednesday in connection with the lapse of 71 years since the U.S. imperialist aggression forces occupied south Korea.
The appeal said that it is hard to find such absurd and unlawful brigandish act as the occupation of south Korea by the U.S. imperialist aggressors in any other parts of the world. It went on:
The U.S. imperialists divided one territory and one blood vessel of one nation into two and lorded it over south Korea as a de factor ruler for decades but there is neither single document nor a single paragraph of agreement that can support even its mere form. This is the truth about the U.S. imperialists' occupation of south Korea.
Steadily training and replacing their hand-raised running dogs, the U.S. imperialists turned south Korea into their permanent colony and egged pro-U.S. stooges on to the acts for hostility, confrontation and aggression against the DPRK and mover for stifling it, deliberately standing in the way of achieving national reunification.
The U.S. imperialist aggressor forces in south Korea are the root cause of all disaster and pain suffered by the Korean nation in its modern history and they are a pronoun of aggression and war and symbol of injustice and evil.
The withdrawal of the U.S. forces from south Korea is a matter of urgent concern of the international community and countries around Korea aspiring after stability and development of the region and it is a top priority political task.
The world progressive forces loving justice and aspiring after peace should pay due attention to the Korean nation's struggle against the U.S. and war that has lasted century after century and render active support and encouragement to the just sacred war for the withdrawal of the U.S. forces from south Korea.
The U.S. should clearly understand that its justification or pretext for its aggression forces' presence in south Korea will no longer work.
The U.S. imperialist aggressors should make a proper option at the present crucial crossroads if they do not want to be a wandering spirit without even label in the second Korean war.
The appeal noted that no one can block the advance of the Korean nation to drive the U.S. imperialists out of south Korea and usher in a new era of independent reunification and peace and prosperity, and the final victory belongs to the Korean nation. -0-
Appeal Issued by All-Korean Committee for Implementing June 15 Joint Declaration
Pyongyang, August 15 (KCNA) -- The north, the south and overseas sides committee for implementing the June 15 joint declaration issued an appeal on Monday.
Reiterating its firm will to take the lead in realizing the desire of all Koreans for reunification 71 years since the liberation of the country and national division, the All-Korean Committee for Implementing the June 15 Joint Declaration appealed to all Koreans to do as follows:
Let's settle the issue of national reunification by the concerted efforts of all Koreans, who are responsible for the issue!
Let's foil all moves of the anti-reunification forces at home and abroad pursuing division and confrontation, and realize the unity of all Koreans!
Let's pool nation's efforts and wisdom and promote reconciliation and unity on the basis of respecting each other's social system!
Let's strive to put an end to joint military drills and other war and confrontation moves harassing peace on the Korean peninsula, and establish mechanism for durable peace!
Let's resume and make brisk multi-faceted contacts, visits, dialogues and gatherings for reunification among Koreans of various circles at home and abroad!
Let's proactively push ahead with multi-faceted contacts and visits of organizations of various circles, fields and regions including those of workers, peasants, youths, students, women, scholars, media persons and religionists together with joint national events!
Let's work hard to realize diverse contacts among all political parties and social organizations in the north and the south and a great national conference for reunification!
Let's restore as soon as possible the valuable fruitions provided by the north and the south by their joint efforts for reunification, peace and prosperity including the Kaesong Industrial Zone and tour of Mt. Kumgang and open again the sky, ground and sea routes between the north and the south!
Let's reject the policy of the anti-reunification forces at home and abroad to stoke division and confrontation and overcome today's difficulties and hardships by depending on experience and successes gained in the efforts for paving the road to reconciliation, cooperation, peace and reunification by pooling efforts and wisdom of all Koreans!
Let's put an end to national division and war-inciting confrontation and open the gate to lasting peace and independent reunification! -0-
U.S. Imperialists' Plan to Set up Bio-Chemical Weapons Laboratory in S. Korea Slammed
Pyongyang, August 1 (KCNA) -- The U.S. imperialist aggression forces decided to set up a biological and chemical weapons laboratory studying highly toxic germs of high lethality like anthrax and botulinus under what it called "Jupiter plan".
Under this plan necessary personnel and hardware are supposed to be brought into Pusan Port by this November and the project is due to commence from next year.
The Panmunjom Mission of the Korean People's Army in a statement Monday said that the "Jupiter plan" pursued by the U.S. imperialist aggression forces is pursuant to the scenario to wage a biological and chemical warfare at a time of fighting a war of aggression against the DPRK.
The U.S. imperialists' act of leaving no barbarous means and ways untried to invade the DPRK urges the army and people to harden their immutable will to take retaliation against the U.S., the statement said, and went on:
The U.S. imperialists are the sworn enemy and murderers who indiscriminately massacred the Koreans through germ and chemical warfare far back during the last Korean War.
After the war the U.S. imperialists massively introduced into south Korea weapons of mass destruction including biological and chemical weapons in a bid to annihilate the Korean nation and yet they did not forward any notice about it to the south Korean puppet forces.
The number of germ warfare experiments conducted by the U.S. imperialist aggression forces in south Korea remains shrouded in the mists and no one can estimate the amount of highly poisonous chemical substances now stockpiled there.
At a time when the whole world is aspiring after peace and security, the U.S. imperialist aggression forces are making preparations for germ warfare as evidenced by the plan to set up the biological and chemical weapons laboratory in south Korea. This can never be tolerated.
The U.S. imperialists' hideous scheme for germ warfare clearly teaches the army and people of the DPRK how they have to approach the imminent confrontation with the U.S.
The army of the DPRK is fully ready to counter any form of war mode wanted by the U.S. imperialists.
The U.S. imperialists' hideous moves to inflict the holocaust of germ warfare upon the Korean nation are bound to invite stern punishment. -0-
Park Geun Hye's Anti-DPRK Remarks at Asia-Europe Summit Slammed
Pyongyang, July 21 (KCNA) -- Park Geun Hye at the recent Asia-European summit in Mongolia cried out for "denuclearization of the north" and "right changes." She made mean solicitation for "enforcement of sanctions measures".
A spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country of the DPRK in a statement Thursday dismissed her recent despicable behavior as just a repetition of her sickening conduct which the international community is used to witness during her every foreign trip as it only disclosed once again the true nature of confrontation-minded woman steeped in inveterate repugnancy and hostility toward her fellow countrymen in the north to the marrow of her bones.
She has made over 20 foreign tours since she took power during which she spouted stereo-typed confrontational rhetoric hurting her fellow countrymen in the north and made a spectacle of herself, clean indifferent who the opposite party is and what the agenda item is to be discussed, the statement said, and went on:
But no matter how mischievous Park may become, the nuclear deterrence of the DPRK for self-defence has been remarkably bolstered to be a treasured sword meeting the desperate challenge of the hostile forces and firmly guaranteeing the sovereignty and dignity of the nation and a powerful weapon for ensuring peace and stability in Northeast Asia, to say nothing of the Korean peninsula. What's more, the international "cooperation" which Park has touted so vociferously is now proving more bankrupt than ever before. This is a hard reality today.
As a matter of fact, the recent trip of Park must be called the one to escape protest of the south Koreans angered by the humiliating decision to deploy THAAD and to evade public criticism.
Traitor Park roamed about abroad like a rabid dog while slandering her fellow countrymen after reducing south Korea to a mayhem. She is a trouble-maker and malignant tumor which all the Koreans in the north and the south and abroad have to eliminate at an early date.
So pitiful is Park as she makes desperate efforts to do harm to her fellow countrymen, touring this or that country,
CPRC Spokesman Denounces S. Korea's Decision on THAAD Deployment
Pyongyang, July 14 (KCNA) -- Now all Koreans are trembling with towering anger at the Park Geun Hye group which made a decision to introduce THAAD into south Korea from the U.S.
South Koreans of different social standings condemn the decision as an "act done by modern day five traitors," "fatal and ruinous option" and "great disaster bringing bigger threat than a war to people's security" as it is little short of selling off the sovereignty to the U.S. They are strongly demanding the nullification of the decision.
Nevertheless, the Park group, remaining unperturbed, is making desperate efforts to cover up its crimes and escape criticism at home and abroad while spouting out absurd sophism that "it is to cope with nuclear and missile threat from the north" and "it is an inevitable measure for safety, destiny and existence of people," said a spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country of the DPRK (CPRC) in a statement Thursday.
It continued: The decision disclosed that Park Geun Hye is the rare traitor and a war servant obsessed with confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the north and keen on realizing a wild ambition for invading the north as she unhesitatingly sold off the destiny and interests of the nation and harassed regional peace and stability.
The CPRC bitterly denounces in the name of all Koreans the Park Geun Hye group of traitors for committing thrice-cursed act of treachery while kowtowing to the U.S. brigandish demand.
The Park Geun Hye group's act of deploying THAAD is the heinous one for escalating confrontation with an aim to remove the treasured nuclear sword of the compatriots in the north, precious property of the nation, with the help of the wolf-like U.S.
Clear is the aim sought by Park Geun Hye in pressing for the deployment of THAAD despite the strong opposition of all Koreans and the international community.
It is the crafty scheme of Park Geun Hye to escalate the sanctions and pressure on the DPRK with the backing of the U.S. at any cost now that the position of the DPRK as a nuclear weapons state has been consolidated day by day and her trumpeting about the "north's denuclearization first" is becoming no longer workable.
Park Geun Hye is seriously mistaken if she thinks she can save her life interwoven with crimes and tide over her toppling ruling system with herself being hidden behind the U.S. THAAD.
Traitor Park Geun Hye, the very one behind the decision to deploy THAAD, must not forget even a moment that the DPRK's nuclear force for self-defense will be further bolstered up in quality and quantity and the merciless sword of justice will cut off her windpipe no matter how desperately she may try to stifle the compatriots in the north by clinging to the coattails of foreign forces.
Park Geun Hye will have to pay most severely and most bitterly for her unpardonable treacherous act as she is leaving in history another record of despicable confrontation with compatriots in the north and submission to the U.S while offering the Korean peninsula to foreign forces as a theater of a nuclear war. -0-
DPRK Blasts U.S. for Moving to Tighten Financial Sanctions on It
Pyongyang, June 27 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the National Coordinating Committee of the DPRK on Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism gave the following answer to the question put by KCNA on Monday as regards the fact that the U.S. and other hostile forces are attempting to tighten financial sanctions on the DPRK by setting in motion the FATF-Style Body:
The plenary meeting of the Financial Action Task Force on Anti-Money Laundering held in Pusan, south Korea on June 24 adopted a public statement absurdly accusing the DPRK of posing a "threat" to the international financial system and again putting it on the list of "targets of countermeasure".
The DPRK strongly denounces the statement as an inhumane act of the hostile forces to encroach upon the DPRK's sovereignty and right to existence.
The reckless moves of the U.S. and other hostile forces to isolate and stifle the DPRK and "bring down its social system" have now reached the phase of abusing even the FATF-Style Body.
What should not be overlooked is that the so-called public statement undisguisedly cried out for blocking banking channels to the DPRK under the pretext of the "threat of WMDs proliferation" from it, not mentioning even a word about the positive action steps being taken by it to abide by the international standard under an agreement between it and the FATF-Style Body.
The U.S. and other hostile forces have gone so sordid as to put the FATF-Style Body under their control, prompted by their sinister politically-motivated purpose to block the cooperative relations developing favorably between the DPRK and the FATF-Style Body and to expand their financial sanctions against the DPRK worldwide.
From the consistent stand on anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism, the DPRK has established the regular state system such as setting up the Financial Supervisory Bureau and the Financial Intelligence Agency for anti-money laundering in line with the international standard and adopting the Law of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Financing of Terrorism. It also acceded to the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and recently to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.
The DPRK will as ever continue cooperation with the FATF-Style Body while taking positive steps for anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism but will never allow the U.S. and other hostile forces to abuse the FATF-Style Body for their sinister politically-motivated purposes. -0-
DPRK FM Spokesman Blasts U.S. Plan for "Precision Air Raid Operation" against DPRK
Pyongyang, June 15 (KCNA) -- We will further bolster up in quality and quantity the nuclear deterrence for self-defence in face of the U.S. reckless war moves and thoroughly foil any slightest military provocation of the enemies with the Korean-style mode of merciless counteraction.
A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK Wednesday said this in an answer to a question raised by KCNA as regards a plan for "precision air raid operation" against the DPRK.
He noted: A strategic information consulting company of the U.S. recently worked out and made public a report titled "Military counteraction to the nuclear issue of north Korea".
The five-chapter report envisages "precision air raid operation" against nuclear and military facilities in the DPRK to disenable its nuclear capabilities.
The report chose nuclear facilities in Nyongbyon, construction site of an atomic power plant, uranium mines and enrichment facilities as targets of air raid, and envisions making a simultaneous precision air raid on ballistic missiles of the strategic force, bombers of the air force and facilities of making submarines in the DPRK to destroy them at one blow.
To this end, scores of B-2 nuclear strategic bombers and F-22 stealth fighters loaded with large underground penetration bombs are supposed to be mobilized and several Ohio-class nuclear submarines and destroyers are to launch hundreds of Tomahawk cruise missiles.
The spokesman said that the open discussion of "precision air raid operation" against the DPRK in the U.S. reveals its undisguised ambition for a war of aggression against the DPRK that has entered an extremely reckless phase.
The publication of the extremely provocative report on precision air raid on nuclear facilities and nuclear force of the DPRK is a clear proof of the fact that the surprise preemptive attack and armed invasion against the DPRK are in the full-dress process of examination and preparation as it is just an extension of the U.S. administration's extreme sanctions and pressure on the DPRK and moves for a nuclear war against it, the spokesman said, and went on:
What should not be overlooked is that the dangerous "war scenario" against the DPRK was made public with the U.S.-south Korea joint military exercises due in upcoming August just at hand.
The gravity of the situation lies in that the U.S. is just about to fight a large-scale war for militarily stifling the DPRK, foreseeing that its "precision air raid operation" will inevitably spill over to an "all-out war".
The U.S. aggressive war moves which are becoming a reality on the Korean peninsula clearly prove once again the validity and the inevitability of the line of the Workers' Party of Korea on simultaneously pushing forward economic construction and the building of nuclear force. -0-
Spokesman for DPRK Red Cross Society Urges S. Korean Authorities to Send Back All Abductees of DPRK
Pyongyang, June 9 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Central Committee of the DPRK Red Cross Society on Thursday gave an answer to the question put by KCNA as regards the fact that the south Korean puppet Intelligence Service (IS) is desperately conducting an anti-DPRK smear campaign, while resorting to its operations to allure and abduct citizens of the DPRK.
These days the south Korean public is strongly demanding an interview with abductees of the DPRK whom the IS illegally keeps in custody.
For example, on June 3 the Bar Association for Democratic Society and the Council of Christian Churches of south Korea requested the permission to see citizens of the DPRK abducted by the IS.
The IS gangsters are working hard to conceal their wicked nature as the mastermind of the operation for allurement and abduction and calm down the domestic and foreign public's strong criticism of them, the statement said, and went on:
A particular mention should be made of the fact that they keep the abductees strictly away from any contact with outside and are making desperate efforts to create impression at any cost that they "defected from the north according to their free will" by running the whole gamut of appeasement and deception, threat and blackmail.
The IS gangsters frantically carried out operations to lure and abduct citizens of the DPRK in foreign countries in the past, too, but they have never been so undisguised in their moves to conduct such operations in broad daylight in such a premeditated and group manner as now.
The hideous crimes committed by the south Korean puppet group in the eyes of the world clearly show how desperately they work to check the advance of the DPRK and keep afloat their bankrupt policy of confrontation.
Such spy and conspiratorial body as the IS, which stoops to any infamy to do harm to the fellow countrymen, should be disbanded as soon as possible as it brings nothing good to the national reconciliation, unity and reunification.
The south Korean puppet group should apologize to the entire nation for their thrice-cursed abduction of citizens of the DPRK and immediately disorganize the IS and send back all the abductees unconditionally. -0-