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Joint Declaration Signed by Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and President Moon Jae In

Pyongyang, September 20 (KCNA) -- Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Kim Jong Un together with President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae In signed the "September Pyongyang Joint Declaration" on Wednesday.
The full text of the declaration reads:

Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Kim Jong Un and President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae In held a north-south summit in Pyongyang from September 18 to 20, 2018.

The top leaders estimated that after the historic Panmunjom declaration, wonderful achievements were witnessed such as close dialogue, negotiations between the authorities of the north and the south, multi-lateral NGO exchanges and cooperation and important measures for the detente of military tension.

They reconfirmed the principles of national independence and national self-determination and agreed to develop the north-south ties in an consistent and sustained way for national reconciliation, cooperation and solid peace and common prosperity, and also agreed to strive to provide policy guarantee for the realization of the desire and wish of all the fellow countrymen to see the present improvement of the north-south ties leading to reunification.

They had a frank and in-depth discussion of all issues and practical measures for advancing the north-south ties onto a new high stage through the thorough-going implementation of the Panmunjom declaration, and shared the understanding that the Pyongyang summit would mark an important turning point in history before declaring as follows:

1. The north and the south committed to lead the termination of military hostility in the confrontation area including the Demilitarized Zone to the fundamental removal of the substantial danger of war and hostility in the whole of the Korean peninsula.

¨ç The north and the south agreed to adopt the "military agreement to implement Panmunjom declaration", concluded in the period of the Pyongyang summit, as an annexation of the Pyongyang Joint Declaration, thoroughly preserve and sincerely implement it and take active practical measures to make the Korean peninsula a lasting peace zone.
¨è The north and the south agreed to put in earlier motion the north-south joint military committee, examine the implementation of the military agreement and have constant contacts and discussion for the prevention of accidental armed clashes.

2. The north and the south agreed to take practical measures to further increase exchanges and cooperation and to develop the nation's economy in a balanced way on the principle of mutual benefits and common interests and prosperity.

¨çThe north and the south agreed to hold ground-breaking ceremony for reconnecting severed railways and roads on the eastern and western coasts and modernizing them before the end of 2018.
¨èThe north and the south agreed to normalize the operations of the Kaesong Industrial Zone and Mt Kumgang tourism project, to begin with, if the conditions are met and hold consultations on the formation of the West Sea joint special economic zone and the East Sea joint special tourism zone.
¨éThe north and the south agreed to actively promote the north-south environmental cooperation for the protection and restoration of the natural eco-system and to make efforts for the practical results of the cooperation in the forestry field now underway, to begin with.
¨êThe north and the south agreed to strengthen cooperation in the field of infectious-disease control and public health including emergency measures for the prevention of inflow and spread of infectious diseases.

3. The north and the south agreed to further strengthen humanitarian cooperation for the fundamental settlement of the issue of separated families and relatives in the north and the south.

¨çThe north and the south agreed to open as early as possible the permanent reunion center in the Mt Kumgang area and restore its facilities at an earliest possible date to this end.
¨èThe north and the south agreed to discuss and settle on a priority basis the issue of video meeting and exchange of image letters between separated families and relatives through the Red Cross talks.

4. The north and the south agreed to actively promote cooperation and exchanges in various fields so as to give momentum to the atmosphere of reconciliation and unity and demonstrate at home and abroad the stamina of the Korean nation.

¨çThe north and the south agreed to further boost exchange in the field of culture and arts and ensure the Pyongyang art troupe's performance in Seoul within October, as the first thing.
¨èThe north and the south agreed to make active joint advance into international games including the 2020 Summer Olympics and cooperate to consider a north-south joint bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics.
¨éThe north and the south agreed to hold significant events to meaningfully commemorate the 11th anniversary of the October 4 declaration and jointly commemorate the centenary of the March First Popular Uprising and discuss the technical ways for them.

5. The north and the south shared the view to make the Korean peninsula a peace zone free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat and ensure necessary practical advance early to this end.

¨çThe north side agreed to permanently shut down Tongchang-ri engine test ground and rocket launch pad with the participation of experts from related countries, to begin with.
¨èThe north side expressed its willingness to continue with additional steps such as the permanent destruction of the Nyongbyon nuclear facility if the United States takes corresponding actions in line with the spirit of the June 12 DPRK-U.S. joint statement.
¨éThe north and the south agreed to closely cooperate in the course of pushing forward the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

6. Chairman of the State Affairs Commission Kim Jong Un agreed to visit Seoul in the near future at the invitation of President Moon Jae In. -0-

Rodong Sinmun Blasts U.S. Special Units' Drill

Pyongyang, August 26 (KCNA) -- According to a south Korean radio, U.S. special units in Japan staged a drill of flying 1 200 km to the Philippines through air transport.
The radio said one can confirm that the drill would be the drill aimed at "the infiltration into Pyongyang" in case of change of direction.

Prior to the exercise, it was disclosed that the Michigan, the nuclear submarine belonging to the U.S. Navy, transported Green Berets, Delta Force and other special units present in Okinawa, Japan to the Jinhae naval base of south Korea in late July or early in August.

In this regard, Rodong Sinmun in a commentary on Sunday says that it was extremely provocative and dangerous military moves to mar the hard-won atmosphere of the peace on the Korean peninsula and the dialogue between the DPRK and the U.S. and prevent the implementation of the Singapore DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement.

The commentary goes on: Such acts prove that the U.S. is hatching a criminal plot to unleash a war against the DPRK and commit a crime which deserves merciless divine punishment in case the U.S. fails in the scenario of the DPRK's unjust and brigandish "denuclearization first".

We can not but take a serious note of the double-dealing attitudes of the U.S. as it is busy staging secret drills involving man-killing special units while having a dialogue with a smile on its face.

The U.S. would be sadly mistaken if it thinks that it can browbeat someone through trite "gunboat diplomacy" which it used to employ as an almighty weapon in the past and attain its sinister intention.
The U.S. should ponder over its deeds. -0-

KAPPC on Extension of U.S.-Japan Atomic Energy Agreement

Pyongyang, August 5 (KCNA) -- The Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee (KAPPC) issued a white paper on Saturday disclosing the dangerous attempt and criminal nature behind the U.S. and Japanese reactionaries' moves for the extension of the atomic energy agreement as the 30-year duration U.S.-Japan atomic energy agreement, that had been to be expired by July 16, was automatically extended.

Japan has persistently and frantically sought nuclear ambition century after century, the white paper said, and went on:
Historically, the Japanese reactionaries have called for resolutely opposing possession and use of nuclear weapons as Japan is the world's only nuclear victim.

But, quite contrary to this repeated call, they have desperately worked for the realization of nuclear weaponization with vaulting ambition for it from long ago.
Japan which had conducted nuclear researches from early in the 1930s began to earnestly push forward the A-bomb development upon entering the 1940s under the direct governance by the military just until its defeat.

In 1956 they adopted the policy on the re-processing of spent nuclear fuel for the potential possession of nuclear capabilities and began to produce plutonium from 1977. In the 1980s they even manufactured fast breeder reactor called Monju for the mass-procurement of plutonium.
After the adoption of the U.S.-Japan atomic energy agreement in 1988 Japan has been keen on the extraction of plutonium even by importing and re-processing spent nuclear fuel from other countries.

The white paper disclosed the double-dealing attitude of the U.S. feigning ignorance of Japan's attempt at nuclear development. It continued:
Japan is the only country the plutonium production through nuclear reprocessing by which is allowed in the world except the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.
Through the 1988 U.S.-Japan atomic energy agreement, the U.S. granted Japan the right to reprocess spent nuclear fuel which heartened the Japanese reactionaries spur the stockpiling of plutonium for nuclear weaponization for the past 30 years.

Far back in the middle of the 1950s the U.S. transferred uranium enrichment technology and other core technologies necessary for the nuclear weapons development to Japan under "Atomic Energy Marshall Plan" and by the end of the 1960s it offered Japan weapons-grade plutonium weighing 365 kg under the excuse of test.

It was the Ford Administration of the U.S. which agreed on the construction of reprocessing factory in Japan in 1976 and it was the Carter Administration that hinted at Japan in 1977 that nuclear weapons can be made with atomic reactor-grade plutonium.

The adoption of the July, 1988 U.S.-Japan atomic energy agreement granted Japan the right to plutonium extraction by reprocessing spent nuclear fuel and uranium enrichment, a step little short of giving free rein to the Japanese reactionaries' ambition for independent nuclear weaponization.

Japan's nuclear weaponization and the worldwide nuclear disaster there-from can happen any moment.
The amount of plutonium stockpiled in the world so far is 518 tons out of which 47 tons are held by Japan.
However, the U.S. and the Japanese reactionaries openly committed unethical and anti-peace crime of making the U.S.-Japan atomic energy agreement get automatically extended.

This, needless to say, is a product of conspiracy between the islanders keen on turning the island into a military power and realizing the old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere" under the active patronage and at the tacit connivance of their master, and the U.S. thinking of holding control of its henchmen with " favor of special treatment" and use them as a shock brigade in realizing its Asia domination strategy.

If the U.S. has the intent on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, it has to duly take issue with Japan's nuclear weaponization moves and judge the situation from a fair stand.
Japan has to self-control itself, clearly understanding that its frivolous attitude will precipitate its international isolation and miserable self-destruction. -0-

Joint Statement from Kim Jong Un and Trump after Summit

Pyongyang, June 13 (KCNA) -- The following is a joint statement of the Singapore summit signed by Kim Jong Un, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and Donald J. Trump, president of the United States of America, on June 12:

Kim Jong Un, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and Donald J. Trump, president of the United States of America, held the first historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

Chairman Kim Jong Un and President Trump conducted a comprehensive, in-depth and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new DPRK-U.S. relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Convinced that the establishment of new DPRK-U.S. relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Chairman Kim Jong Un and President Trump state the following:

1. The DPRK and the United States commit to establish new DPRK-U.S. relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.

2. The DPRK and the United States will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

4. The DPRK and the United States commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

Having acknowledged that the DPRK-U.S. summit, the first in history, was an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for opening of a new future, Chairman Kim Jong Un and President Trump commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expeditiously.

The DPRK and the United States commit to hold follow-on negotiations led by the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the DPRK-U.S. summit.

Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America have committed to cooperate for the development of new DPRK- U.S. relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.

Maintaining Principle of National Independence Called for

Pyongyang, June 1 (KCNA) -- Recently there were the historic 4th inter-Korean summit meeting and talks.
The summit meeting and talks strikingly demonstrated that it is possible to open up the road to the improved north-south relations and the peace and prosperity of the Korean peninsula when the Korean nation pool its will and efforts despite the vicious challenge of the separatist forces at home and abroad and the change of surrounding situation.

Encouraged by another historic north-south summit, all Koreans in the north and the south and abroad now hope to see the atmosphere favorable for better north-south ties leading to the wider avenue for peace, reunification and prosperity.
The stand of settling every issue by the Korean nation itself has to be firmly maintained on the principle of national independence in order to lead the north-south ties that made a meaningful start, giving fresh hope and vitality to all Koreans, to greater development.

The principle of national independence serves as a basic yardstick for settling all issues between the north and the south in line with the desire and demand of the entire nation and a touchstone judging the will for improving the north-south ties.
The issue of the north-south ties is an internal affair of the nation from every aspect.
The Koreans cherish the desire for national reunification as a homogeneous nation that has inherited a single blood vessel in the same territory though it was divided by outsiders.

It is the Korean nation that has vital interest in the national reunification and it is also the Korean nation which has the capacity for realizing it. Only when the Koreans ardently wishing for the country's reunification pool their minds and efforts, can the reunification issue see smooth solution in keeping with the desire and interests of the nation.

It is truly foolish to curry favor with outsiders and get the power for settling the issue of the north-south ties in the support from them.
The way for improving the north-south ties desired by the Korean nation, the only just way for national reunification, is the way of national independence i.e. valuing the nation and relying on its own strength.

Only when the Korean nation maintains the firm stand of independence, can it foil the outsiders' anti-reunification moves seeking discord and confrontation and satisfactorily solve the issues of the north-south ties and national reunification.
The Korean nation should firmly establish the independent stand with confidence that it can certainly solve the issue of the north-south ties by the efforts of the nation, and prevent outsiders from making arbitrary intervention in the issues of the north-south ties and reunification.

The north and the south should constantly implement the Panmunjom Declaration, made before the entire nation and the world, in a responsible manner regardless of any situation change and surrounding circumstances and jointly create favorable conditions and environment for it.
The entire Korean nation should consistently maintain the principle of national independence and thus smoothly open the way to peace and national reunification. -0-

Direction of Future North-South Ties Depends on Behavior of S. Korean Authorities: Chairman of CPRC

Pyongyang, May 17 (KCNA) -- Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country (CPRC) of the DPRK gave an answer to a question raised by KCNA Thursday in connection with the fact that the south Korean authorities are trying to shift the responsibility for the rupture of the north-south high-level talks on to the DPRK.

The south Korean authorities launched the extremely adventurous 2018 Max Thunder joint air combat exercises aimed at precision strike on key strategic objects of the DPRK and the seizure of the air control together with the U.S., he said, and went on: On the other hand, they let human scum hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK and its social system and speak ill of the historic Panmunjom Declaration at the "National Assembly".

In this regard the DPRK took a resolute step of postponing the north-south high-level talks indefinitely until the south Korean authorities take a responsible measure, and notified it to them and made this public through a KCNA report.

But, far from thinking over the meaning of the step taken by the DPRK and taking necessary follow-up measures, they went so senseless as to express "regret" and "urge" something.
All the confrontation rackets kicked up by them have had something in common with the nature of the conservative regime which had been engaged in inciting hostility and division in the past.

On this opportunity the present south Korean authorities have been clearly proven to be an ignorant and incompetent group devoid of the elementary sense of the present situation, of any concrete picture of their dialogue partner and of the ability to discern the present trend of the times.

It is a lesson shown by the past history that it would never be possible to write a new history of opening up the prospect of the country and nation even though we may sit with those without trust and confidence and without manners.

Clear and immutable is our stand.
Unless the serious situation which led to the suspension of the north-south high-level talks is settled, it will never be easy to sit face to face again with the present regime of south Korea.
The south Korean authorities are required to think over the present situation turning into an irrevocable worst one, not whiling away time with thoughtless moves to shift the blame on to the DPRK based on a string of lame excuses and pretexts.
The direction of the future north-south ties will entirely depend on the behavior of the south Korean authorities. -0-

Spokesperson of Korea-Japan Interchange Association Flays NHK

Pyongyang, April 27 (KCNA) -- The NHK of Japan aired a so-called "special programme" several times in mid-April by hurling good-for-nothing riffraff in a bid to cast a vicious slur on the DPRK as a "criminal state" and, not content with this, heavily maligned the dignity of its supreme leadership, which is an unpardonable hideous crime.

A spokesperson for the Korea-Japan Interchange Association, in a statement on Thursday, condemned the NHK, no more than a Japanese right-wing reactionaries' mouthpiece, for daring hurt the supreme leadership of the DPRK just like a fool always rushing to the fore, branding it as an intolerable insult and a grave challenge to the DPRK.

The statement censured the criminal acts of the NHK as the height of an evil deed that can be done only by those villains who are steeped in hostility towards the DPRK to the marrow, nasty hack writers who are parasitic on power.
The "special programme" aired by the NHK is a hideous fraud made up of forgery and fabrication from A to Z, the statement said, and went on:
As well known worldwide, the NHK is a notorious den of hack writers which is famed to often ransack a "dustbin."

The mad acts of the NHK lay bare the disturbed feelings of the Japanese reactionaries taken aback by the formidable power and influence of the DPRK that has towered as a world's strategic state with pride. It is nothing but a last-ditch effort of the political dwarfs of the lonely island nation that has been marginalized from the fresh stream of history and doomed to sink like a setting sun.

Lurking behind the hideous provocation is a sinister intention of the Abe regime to prolong its remaining days on the wane by diverting elsewhere the public opinion critical of it, as it faces impeachment for its political immaturity and corruption.
The Japanese conservative media that stoke confrontation and war and abet injustice are a very high-profile crime syndicate spelling all evils.

A short tongue can put a long neck at stake.
The NHK must be dearly punished for running helter-skelter with its anti-DPRK propaganda.
It must kneel down and make an apology to the people of the DPRK, well aware of the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its anti-DPRK false propaganda.
The Japanese reactionary media will have to pay dearly for such hideous crimes as daring point an accusing finger at the sun. -0-

Anti-DPRK "Resolution on Situation of Human Rights" Rejected

Pyongyang, March 25 (KCNA) -- The Permanent Mission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to the United Nations Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva issued the following press statement with regard to forcible adoption of the "resolution on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea" (A/HRC/37/L.29) submitted by the European Union (EU) and Japan at the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council on March 23, 2018:

The DPRK Permanent Mission resolutely and totally rejects the "resolution" framed by the U.S. and other hostile forces in pursuit of their political purpose to tarnish the image of the DPRK and isolate and stifle our style socialism.
The "resolution", to all intents and purposes, is yet another criminal document running through with falsified fabrications as well as a product of the hostile policy persistently pursued by the U.S. in its attempt to overthrow the system of the DPRK.

It is the universal principle of the international community and the lifeline of the activities of the UN human rights bodies to reject politicization, selectivity and double standards of human rights.
Herein lies the main reason that majority of the developing countries and many others opposed the forcible adoption of the "resolution" this time, while strongly advocating for adherence to non-politicization, non-selectivity and impartiality of human rights.

This notwithstanding, the EU as a group of typical human rights violators and A-class criminal state Japan submitted the "draft resolution" against the DPRK to the UN Human Rights Council. It is, indeed, an insult to and mockery of the international community.
Pressure of any kind will never work on the DPRK and there will be no bigger miscalculation for the U.S. and other hostile forces than to estimate that they could gain something from the adoption of the hackneyed "resolution" against the DPRK.

If the UN Human Rights Council is truly interested in the promotion and protection of human rights, it should, above all, call into question in due course the egregious human rights abuses prevalent in the U.S. and other Western countries and the A-class crimes against humanity committed by Japan in Korea, Asia and several other countries of the world including the kidnapping and forcible drafting of 8.4 million Korean people with one million genocide and the sexual slavery imposed upon 200 000 women. It should also demand withdrawal of the brutal and inhumane U.S.-led sanctions which obstruct in every way the enjoyment of human rights by the people of the DPRK.

We take great pride and self-conceit in our style socialism chosen with conviction and consolidated and developed by our people themselves and in the system of providing true human rights.
The DPRK attaches importance to the international cooperation for promotion and protection of genuine human rights. However, it will never tolerate any slightest attempt to seek ulterior political purpose under the pretext of "human rights issues" but will defend to the end our style socialist system centered on the popular masses. -0-

U.S. Blasted for Hurling Stream of Abuse

Pyongyang, February 25 (KCNA) --The Trump group is going frantic with the anti-DPRK smear campaign, much upset by the daily-increasing climate of the improvement of inter-Korean ties.
U.S. Vice-President Pence said at a conservative group meeting in Maryland State on Feb. 23 that an era of strategic patience for the DPRK ended and the U.S. would show its decisive will until the DPRK stops threatening the U.S. and its allies and totally abandons the nuclear and missile program.

What is more intolerable is that he dared to describe the first vice department director of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, who attended the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in south Korea as a congratulatory mission, as "center of vicious regime" or "pillar of oppressive regime".

In this regard, a spokesman for the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee on Feb. 24 issued a statement condemning Pence's disgraceful behavior as an act of rogue without an equal in the world.
Unpardonable are that Pence dared to defame the inviolable DPRK government, terming it "dictatorial regime", and absurdly slandered our congratulatory missions including the first vice department director of the WPK Central Committee, the statement said, adding:

It is the mettle of our army and people sharing their destinies with their leader and their social system to find out and punish without mercy those insulting the dignity of the supreme leadership and the social system of the DPRK no matter whoever and wherever they are.

Pence will have a wearing time, witnessing what quagmire his crazy remarks threw the U.S. and himself into.
Trump, who is taking such bete noire as Pence under his wings, should be well aware that we will never beg for dialogue in any case and, particularly, have no dealings with those viciously slandering the dignity of our supreme leadership and government.

We will never have face-to-face talks with them even after 100 years or 200 years. This is neither an empty talk nor any threat.
The U.S. will have to pay dearly for stupid and wild vituperation. -0-

KNPC Spokesman Blasts U.S.-Japan War Drills

Pyongyang, February 22 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Korean National Peace Committee in a statement Thursday accused the U.S. and Japanese warmongers of staging "combined air-defence and missile-shielding drill" from Feb. 16 under the pretext of tackling "threats" from the DPRK's ballistic rocket and fighters.

The exercises which will last until Feb. 23 reportedly include the inspection of the system for joint detection, tracking and interception of the DPRK's ballistic rockets and fighters through the coordinated operation of the air-defence network of the U.S. and Japan, and also the interception drill of Patriot missile units under the Japan Air "Self-Defense Force" and the emergency sortie drill of its fighters.

The recent drill assumes greater bellicosity and danger as its scope has been expanded as never before with the involvement of the Japan Air SDF and U.S. marines and air force units as well as the Japan Maritime SDF and units of the U.S. navy.
Branding this as a ferocious gangster-like act aimed to tarnish the hard-won atmosphere for the improvement of the north-south ties and for peace on the Korean peninsula, and as a dangerous military provocation to ignite the train of a war, the statement said:

The American empire is a heinous rogue state which seeks to maintain a military edge and achieve its hegemonic ambition under the signboard of "defence of allies" in Asia-Pacific. The islanders of Japan are crafty men eyeing militarist revival and the materialization of their old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere" with the help of the U.S. master.

The reckless war hysteria of the U.S. and Japan proves who the chieftain standing against Korea's reconciliation and unity and harassing peace on the Korean peninsula is.
We will never remain an onlooker to the gangsters about to brandish swords.

The U.S. and Japanese reactionaries should not run wild, mindful that if they dare provoke the DPRK which has towered as a nuclear power in the East, a world-level strategic state, not properly facing up to the changed world, that will only endanger their security and existence. -0-

White Paper on Human Rights Violations in U.S. in 2017 Issued in DPRK

Pyongyang, January 30 (KCNA) -- The DPRK Institute of International Studies Tuesday released the "White Paper on Human Rights Violations in U.S. in 2017".
According to the white paper, soon after being inaugurated as president, Trump filled the important posts of his administration with billionaires, who had "contributed" to his election campaign, and their mouthpieces.

Secretary of State Tillerson, Secretary of Commerce Ross and also the secretaries of Treasury and Defense are all billionaires from conglomerates. The total assets of public servants at the level of deputy secretary and above of the current administration are worth of 14 billion US$.
The anti-popular policies the Trump administration pursued openly in one year were, without exception, for the interests of a handful of the rich circles.

In the U.S., where genuine freedom of the press and expression does not exist, intervention in and crackdown on the press grew more intensified over the past one year.
In 2017 the cases of searching and confiscation against journalists accounted for 12 and the cases of violation against them for 11. Moreover, 19 persons in the domestic press circles and four foreign journalists were arrested or detained.

Racial discrimination and misanthropy are serious maladies inherent to the social system of the U.S., and they have been aggravated since Trump took office.
The racial violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12 is a typical example of the acme of the current administration's policy of racism.

In the U.S. the absolute majority of the working masses, deprived of elementary rights to survival, are hovering in the abyss of nightmare.
As a result, during the first week of March, 241 000 persons joined the large contingent of the unemployed; in May 9 000 public servants were fired from governmental agencies; in September the number of the unemployed increased by 33 000 as compared to that of the previous month.
In particular, unemployment of young people has become a matter of serious social concern; currently the unemployment rate of young people under 25 is 7.9%, and 31% of graduates from high schools do not have proper jobs.

According to what the U.S. administration made public, in 2017 the homeless numbered 554 000, about 10% increase as compared to that two years ago, and number of the poor families, living in rented rooms devoid of elementary facilities for living, is on the steady rise.

The soaring school expenses are plunging the students into the hell of loans.
Those who are diagnosed with a disease but cannot afford to pay their medical fees total 50 million. Flu, lung diseases and asthma cause 36 000, 40 000 and 150 000 deaths, respectively, on an annual average.

On the other hand, health-hazardous disqualified products are on sale across the country, which often leads to an outbreak of infectious diseases.
The U.S. is one of the world's two countries that have yet to embrace paid maternity leave.

Over the past decade the proportion of American women who live below the poverty line has risen from 12.1% to 14.5%, and they usually receive 25% less salary than their male colleagues of the same post.

A woman is sexually abused every 89 seconds.
According to basic statistics, about 61 100 gun-related crimes took place in the U.S. last year, leaving 15 488 dead and 31 058 wounded.

According to data, the number of marijuana users in the U.S. was more than 20 million, a 3% increase as compared with that a decade ago; and over 90 people lose their lives on a daily average from drug abuse.
In the U.S. where crimes and evil are rampant, the number of imprisoned criminals tops 2.3 million and 70 million are ex-offenders.

The U.S., "guardian of democracy" and "human rights champion", is kicking up the human rights racket but it can never camouflage its true identity as the gross violator of human rights, the white paper said. -0-

U.S. Accused of Convening FMs' Meeting of Countries Which Participated in Korean War

Pyongyang, January 18 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Institute for American Studies of the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA on January 18 as regards the foreign ministers' meeting of the countries that participated in the Korean War, recently convened by the U.S. together with Canada:

The U.S., in collusion with Canada created the scene of war simulation by summoning the foreign ministers' meeting of the countries that participated in the Korean War in Vancouver, Canada from January 15 to 16. Participated in this meeting were 20 countries including the ones that had followed the U.S. to the aggressive war against our country from 1950 to 1953.

At the meeting, the U.S. Secretary of State openly trumpeted that they should intensify the pressure campaign against us until we stop nuclear program by way of limiting the export of oil and industrial products, strengthening naval control, expelling our workers abroad, etc. and he went so far as to insist on the military option.

Now the whole world warmly welcomes the dramatic change in the frozen inter-Korean relations and the visible sign of easing tension on the Korean peninsula, which are being brought about by our generous and magnanimous proposal.
However, the U.S., while throwing a wet blanket over this atmosphere, have brought together its vassal forces including the countries that had followed the former to participate in the aggressive war against our country and openly hatched a plot to further intensify the barbarous sanctions and pressure against our country and provoke a new war on the Korean peninsula.

It is no accident that many countries including our neighbouring countries unanimously criticize the meeting, arguing that the nature and the agenda of the meeting are not conducive to easing the tension on the Korean peninsula and that it would rather bring an adverse effect.
As we have already clarified several times, the tightening of sanctions against our country like the naval blockade, which have been discussed behind the screen at the meeting, is tantamount to an act of war.

The meeting speaks to the fact that the U.S. is willing to spark a new war in the Korean peninsula at any cost although it talks about dialogue.
We take the U.S. convocation of the meeting simply as the ridiculous floundering of the Trump group which was frightened by the might of our Republic that has achieved great historic cause of perfecting the state nuclear force and made a dignified rise to a position of the strategic state recognized by the world.

The move of the U.S. trying to solve the issue of the Korean peninsula by force further solidifies our conviction that the road we chose was absolutely right and we should ever follow this road without any slightest vacillation.
We scrutinize even at this moment every move of the U.S. that is making highly disturbing military acts by continuously bringing the strategic nuclear weapons in and around the Korean peninsula and we constantly maintain high alert.

We take this opportunity to warn those unprincipled countries that kowtowed to the U.S. and participated in the meeting unlawful and ambiguous in nature and advise them to contemplate the consequences to ensue thereafter. -0-

Kim Jong Un Makes New Year Address

Dear fellow countrymen and brave service personnel of the People's Army,
Dear compatriots,

Today, recollecting with great pleasure and pride and deep emotion the proud achievements we performed last year through our diligent and worthwhile labour and sincere efforts and by the sweat of our brow, we are all seeing in the new year 2018 with fresh hopes and expectations.
Greeting the hope-filled new year, I wish the families across the country good health, happiness, success and prosperity. I also wish that the beautiful dreams of all our people, including the hopes of our children in the new year, would come true.


As I look back upon last year, when I worked strenuously on the road of achieving national prosperity, gaining great strength and wisdom from the pure minds of the dauntless people who invariably trusted and followed the Party even in the face of manifold difficulties and trials, I feel my heart swelling with the pride in waging the revolution shoulder to shoulder with a great people.

On behalf of the Workers' Party of Korea and the government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, I extend sincere thanks and New Year greetings to all the people and service personnel who won miraculous victories to be noteworthy in the national history of 5 000 years by sharing mind and purpose with the Party and supporting its determination on the road of arduous yet glorious struggle.

My New Year greetings go also to the compatriots in the south and abroad who are fighting for the reunification of the country and to the progressive peoples and other friends across the world who opposed war of aggression and gave firm solidarity to our cause of justice.


The year 2017 was a year of heroic struggle and great victory, a year when we set up an indestructible milestone in the history of building a powerful socialist country with the spirit of self-reliance and self-development as the dynamic force.

Last year the moves of the United States and its vassal forces to isolate and stifle our country went to extremes, and our revolution faced the harshest-ever challenges. In the face of the prevailing situation and the worst trials on the road of advance, our Party trusted the people and the people defended the Party death-defyingly, turning adversity and misfortune to good account and achieving brilliant successes on all the fronts where a powerful socialist country is being built.

Through last year's grandiose struggle we powerfully demonstrated at home and abroad our immutable faith and will to follow to the end the road of Juche-oriented socialism opened up by the great Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and the single-hearted unity of socialist Korea in which all the people are firmly united behind the Party.

An outstanding success our Party, state and people won last year was the accomplishment of the great, historic cause of perfecting the national nuclear forces.

On this platform one year ago I officially made public on behalf of the Party and government that we had entered the final stage of preparation for the test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. In the past one year we conducted several rounds of its test launch, aimed at implementing the programme, safely and transparently, thus proving before the eyes of the world its definite success.

By also conducting tests of various means of nuclear delivery and super-intense thermonuclear weapon, we attained our general orientation and strategic goal with success, and our Republic has at last come to possess a powerful and reliable war deterrent, which no force and nothing can reverse.

Our country's nuclear forces are capable of thwarting and countering any nuclear threats from the United States, and they constitute a powerful deterrent that prevents it from starting an adventurous war.
In no way would the United States dare to ignite a war against me and our country.
The whole of its mainland is within the range of our nuclear strike and the nuclear button is on my office desk all the time; the United States needs to be clearly aware that this is not merely a threat but a reality.

We have realized the wish of the great leaders who devoted their lives to building the strongest national defence capability for reliably safeguarding our country's sovereignty, and we have created a mighty sword for defending peace, as desired by all our people who had to tighten their belts for long years. This great victory eloquently proves the validity and vitality of the Party's line of simultaneously conducting economic construction and building up our nuclear forces and its idea of prioritizing science, and it is a great historic achievement that has opened up bright prospects for the building of a prosperous country and inspired our service personnel and people with confidence in sure victory.

I offer my noble respects to the heroic Korean people who, despite the difficult living conditions caused by life-threatening sanctions and blockade, have firmly trusted, absolutely supported and dynamically implemented our Party's line of simultaneously promoting the two fronts.

My warm, comradely greetings go also to our defence scientists and workers in the munitions industry who made devoted efforts all the year round, to demonstrate to the world that the plans and decisions of the Party Central Committee are a science and a truth and that they automatically mean their materialization.

Last year we also made notable headway in carrying out the five-year strategy for national economic development.
As a result of our vigorous endeavour to establish the Juche orientation in the metallurgical industry, an oxygen-blast furnace of our own style was built at the Kim Chaek Iron and Steel Complex to maintain regular production of pig iron by relying on anthracite, and prospects were opened up for consolidating the independent foundations of the chemical industry and attaining the five-year strategy's goal for the output of chemical products.

Numerous light-industry factories in such sectors as textile, footwear, knitwear and foodstuff industries raised high the banner of Juche orientation and made proactive efforts to propel the modernization of several production lines by means of our own technology and our own equipment. By doing so, they provided a guarantee for making the range of consumer goods varied and improving their quality.

The machine-building industry, by upholding the banner of self-reliance and relying on science and technology, creditably attained the Party's goal for the production of new-type tractors and trucks, and thus laid solid foundations for speeding up the Juche orientation and modernization of the national economy and the comprehensive mechanization of the rural economy. The agricultural sector, by actively introducing scientific farming methods, increased the ranks of high-yield farms and workteams and reaped an unusually rich fruit harvest in spite of unfavourable climatic conditions.

Our service personnel and people built magnificent Ryomyong Street and the large-scale livestock farming base in the Sepho area, and completed the task for the first stage of the forest restoration campaign, thereby demonstrating the might of great army-people unity and the potential of the socialist independent economy.

Amid a vigorous struggle for the creation of the Mallima speed, new model units emerged one after another, and a large number of factories and enterprises fulfilled their quotas of the yearly national economic plan ahead of schedule and made a proud achievement of surpassing their peak-year levels.

Successes were also made on the scientific and cultural fronts last year.

Scientists and technicians resolved scientific and technological problems arising in the building of a powerful socialist country and completed research projects in the cutting-edge field, thereby giving stimulus to economic development and the improvement of the people's living standards. The socialist education system was further improved and the educational environment upgraded, while medical service conditions were bettered. An example of artistic performance activities was created to infuse the whole country with revolutionary optimism and the militant spirit, and our sportspeople won victories in different international competitions.

All the successes made last year are the triumph of the Juche-oriented revolutionary line of the Workers' Party of Korea and a precious fruition of the heroic struggle of the service personnel and people who are firmly rallied behind the Party.

Our Party and people achieved such signal victories others could never think of achieving by their own efforts in the face of the sanctions-and-blockade moves the United States and its vassal forces perpetrated more viciously than ever before to stamp out the rights to sovereignty, existence and development of the DPRK. Herein lies the source of their dignity and their great pride and self-confidence.

I would like to extend my warm thanks once again to all the people and service personnel who victoriously advanced the cause of building a powerful socialist country, always sharing the destiny with the Party and braving all difficulties and trials on the eventful days of last year.


This year we will mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the glorious Democratic People's Republic of Korea. To mark the 70th anniversary of their state with splendour is of real significance for the great people, who have raised with dignity the status of their socialist country, the greatest patriotic legacy of the great Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, to that of a strategic state recognized by the world.

We should make constant innovations and continued progress until we win the final victory of the revolution by carrying on the tradition of heroic struggle and collective innovation which adorned the founding and course of development of Juche Korea. A revolutionary general offensive should be launched to achieve fresh victory on all fronts of building a powerful socialist country by taking the historic victory in the building of the DPRK's nuclear forces as a springboard for fresh progress.

"Let us launch a revolutionary general offensive to achieve fresh victory on all fronts of building a powerful socialist country!"?this is the revolutionary slogan we should uphold. All officials, Party members and other working people should launch an all-people general offensive to frustrate the challenges of the hostile forces who are making last-ditch efforts and raise the overall strength of our Republic to a new stage of development as they brought about a great upsurge in socialist construction overcoming all difficulties through the great Chollima upswing after the war.

A breakthrough should be made in reenergizing the overall economic front this year, the third year of implementing the five-year strategy for national economic development.
The central task facing socialist economic construction this year is to enhance the independence and Juche character of the national economy and improve the people's standard of living as required by the revolutionary counterstrategy put forward by the Second Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the Party.

We should concentrate all efforts on consolidating the independence and Juche character of the national economy.
The electric-power industry should maintain and reinforce the self-supporting power generation bases, and direct a great deal of efforts to developing new power sources. A dynamic campaign should be conducted to drastically increase thermal power generation, and lower the loss of electric power and increase its production as much as possible by maintaining and reinforcing imperfect generating facilitates. Provinces should build power generation bases to suit their local features and put power generation at the existing medium and small-sized power stations on a normal footing to satisfy the needs of electric power for local industry by themselves. Alternated production should be organized scrupulously throughout the country, and a vigorous struggle waged against the practices of wasting electric power to make effective use of generated electric power.

The metallurgical industry should further improve the Juche-oriented iron- and steel-making technologies, increase the iron production capacity and drastically raise the quality of metallic materials in order to satisfy the needs of the national economy for iron and steel. It is necessary to ensure a preferential, planned and timely supply of electricity, concentrated iron ore, anthracite, lignite, freight wagons, locomotives and funds for the metallurgical industry. By doing so, we can fulfil next year's iron and steel production plans and make the industry Juche-oriented without fail.

The chemical industry should step up the establishment of the C1 chemical industry, push the projects for catalyst production base and phosphatic fertilizer factory as scheduled, and renovate and perfect the sodium carbonate production line whose starting material is glauberite.
The machine-building industry should modernize the Kumsong Tractor Factory, Sungni Motor Complex and other factories to develop and produce world-level machinery in our style.
The coal and mineral production and rail transport sectors should make concerted efforts to make the country's self-reliant economic foundations prove their effectiveness.

Notably, the rail transport sector should make the best use of the existing transport capacity by making transport organization and control more scientific and rational, and maintain discipline and order in the railways as rigid as in the army, so as to ensure an accident-free, on-schedule rail traffic.

A turn should be brought about this year in improving the people's standard of living.
Light-industry factories need to transform their equipment and production lines into labour- and electricity-saving ones and produce and supply more diversified and quality consumer goods with domestic raw and other materials, and provinces, cities and counties should develop the local economy in a characteristic way by relying on their own raw material resources.

The agricultural and fishing fronts should effect an upswing. We should introduce seeds of superior strains, high-yield farming methods and high-performance farm machines on an extensive scale, do farming scientifically and technologically so as to fulfil the cereals production plan without fail, and boost the production of livestock products, fruits, greenhouse vegetables and mushrooms. We should enhance our ship building and repair capacities, launch scientific fishing campaigns, and reenergize aquatic farming.

This year the service personnel and people should join efforts to complete the construction of the Wonsan-Kalma coastal tourist area in the shortest period of time, push ahead with major construction projects including the renovation of Samjiyon County, the construction of the Tanchon Power Station and the second-stage waterway project of South Hwanghae Province, and channel steady efforts into the construction of houses.

Building on the success we achieved in the forest restoration campaign, we should properly protect and manage the forests that have already been created, improve the technical conditions of roads, conduct river improvement on a regular basis, and protect environment in a scientific and responsible manner.

Every sector and every unit of the national economy should enlist their own technical forces and economic potential to the maximum and launch a dynamic struggle to increase production and practise economy, so as to create a greater amount of material wealth.
A shortcut to developing the self-sufficient economy is to give precedence to science and technology and make innovations in economic planning and guidance.

The scientific research sector should solve on a preferential basis the scientific and technological problems arising in establishing Juche-oriented production lines of our own style, ensuring domestic production of raw and other materials and equipment, and perfecting the structure of the self-supporting economy. Every sector and every unit of the national economy should make a contribution to achieving production growth by intensifying the dissemination of science and technology and waging a brisk technological innovation drive.

The Cabinet and other economic guidance organs should work out a realistic operational plan to carry out the national economic plan for this year and push forward the work for its implementation responsibly and persistently. Positive measures should be taken by the state to ensure that the socialist system of responsible business operation proves its worth in factories, enterprises and cooperative organizations.

Socialist culture should be developed in a comprehensive way.
It is necessary to strengthen the ranks of teachers, improve the contents and methods of education as demanded by the trend of developing modern education, apply the people-oriented character in public health service in a thoroughgoing way, and boost the production of medical equipment and appliances and different kinds of medicines.

We should conduct mass-based sporting activities briskly, create sporting techniques and tactics of our own style, and produce artistic and literary masterpieces which truthfully depict the heroic struggle and life of our service personnel and people in the Mallima era and the beautiful and sublime features proper to human beings. In this way, we can crush the bourgeois reactionary culture by dint of our revolutionary socialist art and literature.

A vigorous struggle should be waged to tighten moral discipline throughout society, establish a socialist way of life and eliminate all kinds of non-socialist practices, so as to ensure that all the people, possessed of ennobling mental and moral traits, lead a revolutionary and cultured life.

The self-reliant defence capability should be further consolidated.
In this year of the 70th anniversary of the development of the Korean People's Revolutionary Army into a regular revolutionary armed force by the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung, the People's Army should perfect its features as befits the revolutionary armed forces of the Party. It should organize and conduct combat training in a highly intensive way, in a real-war atmosphere, to develop all its units in different arms, services and corps into the ranks of a-match-for-a-hundred combatants.

The Korean People's Internal Security Forces should sharpen the edge of the sword of the class struggle and detect and frustrate the schemes by undesirable and hostile elements in time. The Worker-Peasant Red Guards and Young Red Guards should enhance their combat capability in all aspects through intensive combat and political training.

By consistently holding fast to the line of simultaneously promoting the two fronts in accordance with the strategic policy set by the Party at the Eighth Conference of Munitions Industry, the defence industry should develop and manufacture powerful strategic weapons and military hardware of our style, perfect its Juche-oriented production structure and modernize its production lines on the basis of cutting-edge science and technology.

The nuclear weapons research sector and the rocket industry should mass-produce nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles, the power and reliability of which have already been proved to the full, to give a spur to the efforts for deploying them for action.
And we should always be ready for immediate nuclear counterattack to cope with the enemy's manoeuvres for a nuclear war.

The political and ideological might is the first and foremost strength of our state and the great propellant for opening up an avenue for building a powerful socialist country.
In order to successfully carry out the fighting tasks facing us, we should rally the whole Party more firmly on its organizational and ideological basis and establish a thoroughgoing revolutionary climate within the Party. In this way, we can constantly enhance its fighting efficiency and leadership role in the overall revolution and construction.

All Party organizations should never tolerate all shades of heterogeneous ideas and double standards of discipline that run counter to the Party's ideology, but strengthen the single-hearted unity of the whole Party centred on its Central Committee in every way possible.

The whole Party should launch an intense struggle to establish a revolutionary climate within the Party with the main emphasis put on rooting out the abuse of Party authority, bureaucratism and other outdated methods and style of work, so as to ensure that the ties of kinship between the Party and the masses of the people are as solid as a rock.

Party organizations should intensify Party guidance to ensure that the work of their respective sectors and units is always conducted in conformity with the ideas and intentions of the Party and the requirements of its policies, and find satisfactory solutions to the problems arising in the building of a powerful socialist country by giving definite precedence to political work and motivating the people ideologically.

We should rally all the service personnel and people firmly behind the Party ideologically and volitionally so that they throw in their lot with it whatever the adversity and fight with devotion for the victory of the socialist cause.

Party and working people's organizations and government organs should orient and subordinate all their undertakings to strengthening the single-hearted unity. The benchmark in planning and launching their work should be the people's demands and interests. And they should go deep among the people, sharing good times and bad with them and solving their mental agony and difficulties in their lives. They should ensure that the shorter the supply of everything is, the fuller play is given to the beautiful traits of comrades and neighbours helping and caring for one another with all sincerity.

We should give free rein to the indomitable mental strength of the heroic Korean people on the present grand Mallima march.
Party and working people's organizations should ensure that all the working people cherish patriotism in their hearts and bring about collective innovations one after another in the great campaign to create the Mallima speed with the revolutionary spirit of self-reliance and science and technology as the dynamic force. They should see to it that officials, Party members and other working people carry forward the fighting spirit displayed by the elder generations who brought about epochal changes on the grand Chollima march and all of them become Mallima pioneers who vigorously rush forward in the vanguard of the era.


Last year, too, our people made strenuous efforts to defend the peace of the country and hasten national reunification in keeping with the aspirations and demands of the nation. However, owing to the vicious sanctions and pressure by the United States and its vassal forces and their desperate manoeuvres to ignite a war, all aimed at checking the reinforcement of the self-defensive nuclear deterrent by our Republic, the situation on the Korean peninsula became aggravated as never before, and greater difficulties and obstacles were put on the road of the country's reunification.

Even though the conservative "regime" in south Korea, which had resorted to fascist rule and confrontation with fellow countrymen, collapsed and the ruling circles were replaced by another thanks to the massive resistance by the enraged people of all walks of life, nothing has been changed in the relations between the north and the south. On the contrary, the south Korean authorities, siding with the United States in its hostile policy towards the DPRK against the aspirations of all the fellow countrymen for national reunification, drove the situation to a tight corner, further aggravated the mistrust and confrontation between the north and the south, and brought the bilateral relations to a fix that can be hardly resolved. We can never escape the holocaust of a nuclear war forced by the outside forces, let alone achieve national reunification, unless we put an end to this abnormal situation.

The prevailing situation demands that now the north and the south improve the relations between themselves and take decisive measures for achieving a breakthrough for independent reunification without being obsessed by bygone days. No one can present an honourable appearance in front of the nation if he or she ignores the urgent demands of the times.

This year is significant both for the north and the south as in the north the people will greet the 70th founding anniversary of their Republic as a great, auspicious event and in the south the Winter Olympic Games will take place. In order to not only celebrate these great national events in a splendid manner but also demonstrate the dignity and spirit of the nation at home and abroad, we should improve the frozen inter-Korean relations and glorify this meaningful year as an eventful one noteworthy in the history of the nation.

First of all, we should work together to ease the acute military tension between the north and the south and create a peaceful environment on the Korean peninsula.

As long as this unstable situation, which is neither wartime nor peacetime, persists, the north and the south cannot ensure the success of the scheduled events, nor can they sit face to face to have a sincere discussion over the issue of improving bilateral relations, nor will they advance straight ahead towards the goal of national reunification.

The north and the south should desist from doing anything that might aggravate the situation, and they should make concerted efforts to defuse military tension and create a peaceful environment.

The south Korean authorities should respond positively to our sincere efforts for a detente, instead of inducing the exacerbation of the situation by joining the United States in its reckless moves for a north-targeted nuclear war that threatens the destiny of the entire nation as well as peace and stability on this land. They should discontinue all the nuclear war drills they stage with outside forces, as these drills will engulf this land in flames and lead to bloodshed on our sacred territory. They should also refrain from any acts of bringing in nuclear armaments and aggressive forces from the United States.

Even though the United States is wielding the nuclear stick and going wild for another war, it will not dare to invade us because we currently have a powerful nuclear deterrent. And when the north and the south are determined, they can surely prevent the outbreak of war and ease tension on the Korean peninsula.

A climate favourable for national reconciliation and reunification should be established.
The improvement of inter-Korean relations is a pressing matter of concern not only to the authorities but to all other Koreans, and it is a crucial task to be carried out through a concerted effort by the entire nation. The north and the south should promote bilateral contact, travel, cooperation and exchange on a broad scale to remove mutual misunderstanding and distrust, and fulfil their responsibility and role as the motive force of national reunification.

We will open our doors to anyone from south Korea, including the ruling party and opposition parties, organizations and individual personages of all backgrounds, for dialogue, contact and travel, if they sincerely wish national concord and unity.

A definite end should be put to the acts that might offend the other party and incite discord and hostility between fellow countrymen. The south Korean authorities should not try, as the previous conservative "regime" did, to block contact and travel by people of different social strata and suppress the atmosphere for reunification through alliance with the north, under absurd pretexts and by invoking legal and institutional mechanisms; instead, they should direct efforts to creating conditions and environment conducive to national concord and unity.

To improve inter-Korean relations as soon as possible, the authorities of the north and the south should raise the banner of national independence higher than ever before, and fulfil their responsibility and role they have assumed for the times and the nation.
Inter-Korean relations are, to all intents and purposes, an internal matter of our nation, which the north and the south should resolve on their own responsibility. Therefore, they should acquire a steadfast stand and viewpoint that they will resolve all the issues arising in bilateral relations on the principle of By Our Nation Itself.

The south Korean authorities need to know that they will gain nothing from touring foreign countries to solicit their help on the issue of inter-Korean relations, and that such behaviour will give the outside forces, who pursue dishonest objectives, an excuse for their interference and complicate matters further. Now it is not time for the north and the south to turn their backs on each other and merely express their respective standpoints; it is time that they sit face to face with a view to holding sincere discussions over the issue of improving inter-Korean relations by our nation itself and seek a way out for its settlement in a bold manner.

As for the Winter Olympic Games to be held soon in south Korea, it will serve as a good occasion for demonstrating our nation's prestige and we earnestly wish the Olympic Games a success. From this point of view we are willing to dispatch our delegation and adopt other necessary measures; with regard to this matter, the authorities of the north and the south may meet together soon. Since we are compatriots of the same blood as south Koreans, it is natural for us to share their pleasure over the auspicious event and help them.

We will, in the future, too, resolve all issues by the efforts of our nation itself under the unfurled banner of national independence and frustrate the schemes by anti-reunification forces within and without on the strength of national unity, thereby opening up a new history of national reunification.

Availing myself of this opportunity, I extend warm New Year greetings once again to all Korean compatriots at home and abroad, and I sincerely wish that in this significant year everything would go well both in the north and in the south.


The international situation we witnessed last year was clear proof that our Party and our state were absolutely correct in their strategic judgement and decision that when we are confronting the imperialist forces of aggression who are attempting to wreck global peace and security and make mankind suffer a nuclear holocaust, our only recourse is the power of justice.

As a responsible, peace-loving nuclear power, our country will neither have recourse to nuclear weapons unless hostile forces of aggression violate its sovereignty and interests nor threaten any other country or region by means of nuclear weapons. However, it will resolutely respond to acts of wrecking peace and security on the Korean peninsula.

Our Party and the government of our Republic will develop good-neighbourly and friendly relations with all the countries that respect our national sovereignty and are friendly to us, and make positive efforts to build a just and peaceful new world.


The year 2018 will be recorded as another year of victory for our people.
At this moment when this year's gigantic march has begun, I am filled with confidence that our cause is ever-victorious as it is supported by the people, and I harden my resolve to make devoted efforts to live up to their expectations.

The Workers' Party of Korea and the government of the Republic will never cease to struggle and advance until achieving the final victory of the revolutionary cause of Juche by relying on the trust and strength of the people, but surely hasten the future of a powerful socialist country where all the people lead a dignified and happy life.

Let us all march forward dynamically towards fresh victory of the revolution by displaying the unyielding mettle of heroic Korea under the leadership of the Workers' Party of Korea. -0-

U.S. Missile Warning Drill with Japan and S. Korea under Fire

Pyongyang, December 15 (KCNA) -- The director general of the Institute of Disarmament and Peace of the DPRK Foreign Ministry released the following statement on Friday:

Of late, the U.S. has staged another missile warning drill with Japan and the south Korean puppet forces in the waters around the Korean peninsula under the pretext of detecting and tracking the DPRK ballistic missile.
The U.S.-led missile warning drill, the fourth of its kind this year, is a serious military provocation further exacerbating the grave situation of the Korean peninsula and the region.

The U.S. continuously stages various kinds of joint military exercises against the DPRK including two times of missile warning drills in 2016 and four times in 2017. This fact alone fully illustrates the extreme level of the insane military provocations of the Trump administration.
The U.S. missile warning drill is aimed at accelerating the building of the Missile Defence System and the formation of tripartite military alliance of the U.S., Japan and south Korea to maintain the military supremacy in the Asia-Pacific region under the pretext of coping with the "nuclear and missile threat" from the DPRK.

Such attempts by the U.S. will inevitably bring about a new arms race and a new cold war in the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia.
The missile warning drill aimed at putting maximum pressure upon the DPRK follows the largest joint naval and air drills staged recently by the Trump administration, mobilizing the three nuclear aircraft carriers and hundreds of fighter planes with a great number of nuclear preemptive strike means.

We will never tolerate the on-going dangerous war games conducted by the U.S. while condemning the strengthening of the DPRK's self-defensive nuclear deterrent.
The reality shows that the DPRK was absolutely right in having strengthened its powerful nuclear deterrent which could end for good the 60-year-long nuclear threat and blackmail of the U.S. against the DPRK and firmly guarantee the security and prosperity of the Korean nation and peace of the Korean Peninsula and the region.

Any country, if it is really interested in stability of the Korean Peninsula, should condemn the continuous nuclear war provocations and hostile policy of the U.S. against the DPRK, instead of criticizing the DPRK's efforts to develop its strategic nuclear weapons for defending the sovereignty, the territorial integrity and peaceful life of its people from the U.S. nuclear threat and blackmail. -0-

Letter to Kim Jong Un from Chongryon Central Standing Committee

Pyongyang, December 3 (KCNA) -- Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un received a letter from the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) on Nov. 30 in connection with the successful test-fire of Hwasong-15.

The letter said that such inspiring heroic feats performed this year as the "March 18 revolution," "July 4 revolution," miraculous July 28 victory, successful test of H-bomb, which meant for ICBM, and successful test-fire of Hwasong-15 capable of tipping super-size nuclear warhead that can strike the whole U.S. mainland are the special, great events which could be achieved only by Kim Jong Un, a peerlessly great man born of Heaven, and the greatest events to be recorded forever in the 5 000-year history of the nation.

The letter extended the highest and greatest glory to Kim Jong Un who frightened old lunatic Trump and his stooges by successfully achieving the historic great cause of completing the state nuclear force, reflecting the loyalty of the Chongryon officials and other Koreans in Japan to him.

All the Chongryon officials and other Korean residents in Japan are full of the confidence that as long as Kim Jong Un who put an end to the aggression and nuclear threat from the U.S. imperialists and other imperialists through the realization of the historic great cause of completing the state nuclear force, shouldering upon himself the destiny of the country and its people, a final victory is in store for the DPRK.

The letter expressed the determination of Chongryon to share their fate with Kim Jong Un who is ushering in a new chapter of independence in the world politics history, fully demonstrating to the world the dignity and might of the world's political power and military power, and to make more strenuous efforts to devotedly defend the leader, the country and Chongryon by remaining loyal to him forever. -0-

S. Korea-Sponsored "International Film Festival for Human Rights in North" Flailed

Pyongyang, November 10 (KCNA) -- A spokesman of the Consultative Council for National Reconciliation in a statement Friday hit out at the south Korean puppet forces for staging the farce of "international film festival for human rights in the north" in Seoul.
Those who flocked to the festival were without exception pseudo-moviepersons from south Korea and the West who act as a shock brigade in denying the reality of the DPRK, at the instigation of the U.S. and with the financial support from it, the statement said, and went on:

The puppet forces even let "defectors from the north" take part in the festival, fanning up the atmosphere of confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the north.
Their "human rights" racket is an outright challenge and a serious politically-motivated provocation to the dignity and the social system in the DPRK.
This treachery of pushing the confrontation with the fellow countrymen to the extremes under the backstage manipulation of the U.S. is absolutely intolerable.

What should not be overlooked is that the rubbish-like films justifying the hideous crimes against humanity such as the illegal abduction of DPRK citizens were openly screened in the center of Seoul at the tacit connivance of the present puppet authorities allegedly speaking for "candlelight demonstrators".

The confrontation burlesque dubbed "international film festival for human rights in the north" which Lee Myung Bak and Park Geun Hye group of traitors used to hold has been carried forward. This clearly proves that the group of past conservatives and the present ruling authorities are all the same group of traitors and criminals inciting confrontation with the fellow countrymen.

The puppet authorities do not hesitate to hold the racket for "human rights" campaign to do harm to the DPRK, at the end of getting zealous in their moves to provoke a nuclear war against the north and to put sanctions on it while following the U.S. as a shaggy dog.

The army and people of the DPRK will never tolerate the puppet authorities and the organizations hatching plots against the DPRK and kicking up the racket over "human rights" in the north as they slander and hurt the dignity and social system in the DPRK, which represent the lifeline of its army and people.
The puppet authorities should not run amuck, bearing in mind that their acts of following in the footsteps of the group of conservatives and traitors being pursuant to the U.S. will be rejected by the people and face a bitter final ruin. -0-

KAPPC Spokesman Blasts Japanese Authorities' Reckless Action

Pyongyang, October 23 (KCNA) -- As already reported, the Japanese reactionaries recently dissolved the House of Representatives without any proper justification in a sinister attempt to prolong their remaining days, claiming it as a "momentous event" to overcome "the nation's difficulties".

Great irony is that the authorities of Japan are getting frantic with the move to paint itself as "the centripetal force for tiding over the national crisis", building up the public opinion that the crisis, caused by their poor administration, is ascribable to "nuclear threat" from the DPRK.
In this regard, a spokesman for the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee issued a statement on Sunday, which said:

What the Japanese reactionaries seek in deliberately linking their step to dissolve the House of Representatives with the DPRK is to gratify their ambition for staying in power and pave the groundwork for reinvasion of the Korean peninsula in order to realize the old dream of the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere", taking advantage of the nuclear war moves of the U.S.

This is well proven by the fact that Japan examined a plan for giving logistic support to the U.S. troops and putting down "armed refugees" with mobilization of the "Self-Defense Forces" in contingency on the Korean peninsula, while loudly trumpeting about the U.S. military attack on the DPRK.

Japan enacted another sinister political cartoon only to reveal its ugly true colors as a war state which has pressed ahead with its militarization, making a mockery of the world for decades since its defeat.
The Japanese reactionaries are behaving frivolously far from sincerely reflecting on their most heinous crimes against the Korean people and making reparation for them.
Such an action is nothing but the last-ditch efforts of those frightened by the tremendous might of the DPRK which has neared the completion of the program of the state nuclear force.

The Japanese authorities' dreaming of being exposed to golden rain, believing in the lunatic's empire as in Heaven is as foolish a dream as barking at the moon.
Now that it is crystal clear to all that Japan is pushing ahead with the reinvasion preparations in the final stage with the backing of the U.S., the DPRK has the right to take a tough countermeasure for self-defense.
The Japanese reactionaries would be well advised not to run amuck, well aware of the strategic position of the DPRK as a nuclear power of Juche and a world power. -0-

U.S. Will be Made to Pay for Its "Unilateral Sanctions" on DPRK

Pyongyang, September 29 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Sanctions Damage Investigation Committee of the DPRK issued the following press statement Friday:
Lately, Trump who met with worldwide condemnation and opposition for the reckless and insane remarks about "total destruction" of the DPRK that he gabbled on in the UN arena, is tightening the already-vicious sanctions against the DPRK.

On September 21, Trump signed the executive order of the president to impose indiscriminate sanctions on every individual and entity that engage in trade and financial transactions with the DPRK. As a follow-up, the U.S. Treasury Department added eight banks and relevant personnel of the DPRK to the sanctions list.

This is a last-ditch effort of the U.S. panic-stricken by the intense hatred and burning rage of our army and people towards the U.S. chief executive who vociferated about "totally destroying" the DPRK. The U.S. is trying to realize its unethical ambition through the despicable means of sanctions and blockade to completely severe the DPRK's external economic relations.

The U.S., not content with abusing the mandate of the UNSC to frame up illegal and unlawful "sanctions resolutions" aimed at stifling the DPRK, is even putting under sanctions other countries which have economic and trade relations with the DPRK, claiming to close the loopholes in the existing sanctions regime.

The frenzied moves of the U.S. to impose unilateral sanctions and stifle the DPRK are not only a gross violation of universal principles of international law such as sovereign equality, right to self-determination and respect for the right to development, but also a brutal criminal act that indiscriminately infringes upon the right to existence of the peaceful civilians.

Today, the U.S. is wielding the sanctions club in accordance with its federal law, abusing its privileged position in the current unfair international economic order and monetary system, and is indulging itself in outrageous arbitrary and high-handed practices to impose its heinous demands upon other countries as if they were states of the U.S.

The sanctions moves of the U.S. aimed at completely obliterating the state and people of the DPRK are heinous criminal acts unprecedented in all times and places in their viciousness and brutality. The colossal amount of damage caused by these sanctions to the development of our state and the people's livelihood is beyond anyone's calculation.

The Sanctions Damage Investigation Committee with the mission to thoroughly investigate and evaluate the material and moral damages to the DPRK caused by the U.S. and its vassal forces, strongly condemns the ever-increasing "unilateral sanctions" maneuvers of the U.S. The Committee shall certainly make the U.S. pay for damage to the last penny.

It is a foolish dream to hope that the sanctions could work on the DPRK while the sanctions have failed to stop it from becoming a full-fledged nuclear weapons state and making rapid progress in the building of an economic power for more than half a century.
The U.S. should be fully aware that the more frantic it gets in the unprecedented anti-DPRK frenzy, the earlier it will meet its own miserable extinction. -0-

Statement by H.E. Mr. RI YONG HO, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People¡¯s Republic of Korea
at the General Debate of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly
New York, 23rd September2017

Mr. President,

First of all, allow me to congratulate Your Excellency Mr. Miroslav Laj??k on your election as the President of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
I look forward to successful outcome of the present session under your able guidance.

Before going into the main points in my debate, I feel forced to make comments on the speech uttered 4 days ago by someone called the U.S. president that rendered this sacred UN arena tainted.

Since Trump uttered such reckless and violent words provoking the supreme dignity of the Democratic People¡¯s Republic of Korea (DPRK) at this very platform, I think it is fair enough for me to make a response in the corresponding tone.

During his 8 months in power, he has turned the White House into a noisy marketing place full of crackling sounds of abacus beads and now he has tried to turn the UN arena into a gangsters¡¯ nest where money is respected and bloodshed is the order of the day.

The absurd reality that the person like Trump, a mentally deranged person full of megalomania and complacency, the person who is chastised even by American people as ¡°Commander in Grief¡±, ¡°Lyin King¡±, ¡°President Evil¡± is holding the seat of the U.S. President, and the dangerous reality that the gambler who grew old using threats, frauds and all other schemes to acquire a patch of land holds the nuclear button; these are what constitute the gravest threat to the international peace and security today.

Due to his lacking of basic common knowledge and proper sentiment, he tried to insult the supreme dignity of my country by referring it to a rocket. By doing so, however, he committed an irreversible mistake of making our rockets¡¯ visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable all the more.

None other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission.
In case innocent lives of the U.S. are lost because of this suicide attack, Trump will be held totally responsible.

The respected supreme leader Comrade Kim Jong Un stated : as a man representing the DPRK and on behalf of the dignity and honor of my state and people and on my own, I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the U.S. pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the DPRK.

Trump might not have been aware what is uttered from his mouth but we will make sure that he bears consequences far beyond his words, far beyond the scope of what he can handle even if he is ready to do so.

Mr. President,

Focusing on people: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet; this is the theme of the current session.
For all countries and people to enjoy peace and a decent life, it is imperative to realize genuine international justice before anything else.
Realizing international justice is one of the main missions of the United Nations.

Mr. President,

Article 1 of the Charter of the United Nations stipulates ¡°to bring about by peaceful means and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace¡±.

Due to high-handedness and arbitrariness of one particular big power however, at present the purpose and principles of the UN Charter and other established basic principles of international relations are now wantonly ignored in the UN arena.
Abnormal acts of justifying and legitimizing high-handedness and arbitrariness and the acts of violating truth and justice are connived at or tolerated.

The most rampant violation of international justice can be seen on the Korean peninsula.
Unprecedented acts of injustice such as imposing harsh sanctions on a victim for the reason that the victim chose to stand up to the offender are openly committed in the name of the UN.

The essence of the situation of the Korean peninsula is a confrontation between the DPRK and the U.S. where the former tries to defend its national dignity and sovereignty against the latter¡¯s hostile policy and nuclear threats.
The United States is the country that first produced nuclear weapons and the only country that actually used it, massacring hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.
It is the U.S. that threatened to use nuclear weapon against the DPRK during the Korean War in 1950s and first introduced nuclear weapons into the Korean peninsula after the war.

The U.S. started large-scale joint military exercises against the DPRK during the Cold War period and further increased their scope and aggressive nature after the Cold War, staging the exercises several times a year by mobilizing more of nuclear strategic assets.

What else could be a bigger threat than the violent remarks such as pouring ¡°fire and fury¡±, ¡°total destruction¡± coming from the top authority of the world¡¯s biggest nuclear power.
The very reason the DPRK had to possess nuclear weapons is because of the U.S. and it had to strengthen and develop its nuclear force onto the current level to cope with the U.S.

The U.S. hostile policy and nuclear threats have continued over 70 years and these have led the situation on the Korean peninsula to a touch-and-go point. But in the United Nations, unjustifiable resolutions which illegalize justice as injustice are randomly adopted due to the high-handedness of the U.S.

The respected Supreme Leader Comrade Kim Jong Un, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK said: International justice is never achieved by itself; it can only be achieved when the anti-imperialist independent countries are strong enough.
Unless true international justice is realized, the only valid philosophical principle is that force must be dealt with force and nuclear weapons of tyranny must be dealt with nuclear hammer of justice.
The possession of nuclear deterrence by the DPRK is a righteous self-defensive measure taken as an ultimate option, pursuant to this principle. Recently, the DPRK has successfully conducted ICBM-mountable H-bomb test as a part of the efforts to achieve the goal of completing the state nuclear force.
With this, the DPRK has entered a phase of completing the state nuclear force in accordance with its line of simultaneous development of the economy and the nuclear force.

Our national nuclear force is, to all intents and purposes, a war deterrent for putting an end to nuclear threat of the U.S. and for preventing its military invasion; and our ultimate goal is to establish the balance of power with the U.S.

Distinguished delegates of all countries attending this session are aware of the fact that the DPRK, unlike other nuclear weapon states, made public every time to the world the test process and its result in all stages of the development and advancement of its nuclear force.

Since the war deterrent for safeguarding peace and security of the Korean peninsula and the region is strengthened enough, the United States and its followers must now think twice before launching military provocation against the DPRK.
Although they talk about ¡°fire and fury¡±, ¡°total destruction¡± and whatever, every time they have to add various conditions such as ¡°hopefully this will not be necessary¡±, ¡°that is not our first option¡± and so on.

Accordingly, we are convinced that peace and security of the northeast Asia and the region as a whole have been as much consolidated.
We do not need anyone¡¯s recognition of our status as a nuclear weapon state and our capability of nuclear strike.

The ICBM marked with sacred name of the DPRK flew over the universe above the endless blue sky, the warhead of our rocket left its trace on the blue waves of the Pacific Ocean and the tremendous explosion and vibration of the hydrogen bomb were recorded by this planet.
Although our decision to possess nuclear weapons was an inevitable option forced by the United States, it resulted in our country achieving the status of a nuclear weapon state and a rocket power, and this prestige has now become an immortal destiny of the DPRK.

Mr. President,

The failure of the United Nations in fulfilling its role in realizing genuine international justice is primarily related to the undemocratic old practices of the Security Council.
It is none other than the Security Council which disregards the UN Charter from the very first Article and only acts in pursuit of the will and interest of its permanent member states.

It is not incidental that the issue on reform of the Security Council had already been decided in 1992 by resolution 47/62 at the 47th Session of UNGA. Since then, the UNSC reform issue has been discussed at UNGA every year during the past 25 years but without any progress at all. This fact itself clearly shows how deeply the current permanent members are obsessed in their anachronistic vested interests.

One permanent member alone can veto the general will of over 190 UN member states. Such an undemocratic UN organ is the Security Council.
At this forum, I would like to once again remind all the distinguished delegates of the unjust and unfair nature of the ¡°resolutions¡± adopted by the Security Council against the DPRK.

First, the Security Council fabricated illegal and double-standard ¡°resolutions¡± which only prohibit the satellite launch of the DPRK in violation of the international law prescribing peaceful use of outer space as a sovereign right of every state and without taking any issue with all other satellite launching countries.

Second, the Security Council cooked up illegal and double-standard "resolutions" which arbitrarily prohibit only the nuclear tests of the DPRK, although nuclear test strictly belongs to the sovereignty of every state since the international law on prohibition of nuclear test has not yet entered into force and there are countries that conducted many more nuclear tests.

Third, the Security Council condemned the development of nuclear weapons by the DPRK as a "threat to international peace and security" and, on that basis, fabricated illegal and double-standard ¡°resolutions¡± in contravention of Article 51 of the UN Charter which recognizes the right to self-defense of every state and without calling into question the other countries that keep on developing latest nuclear weapons of various kinds.

The reason these unjust and unfair resolutions continue to be adopted is that the permanent members of the Security Council, all nuclear powers, have common interest in maintaining their monopolistic nuclear status.
The permanent members of UNSC are talking much about non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. Viewed from the aspect of nuclear non-proliferation, the DPRK¡¯s possession of nuclear weapons is a righteous self-defensive measure.

Actually, the international agreement on nuclear non-proliferation was possible because the nuclear weapon states had made the promise not to threaten non-nuclear weapon states with the nuclear weapons.
Article 10 of NPT stipulates that each Party shall have the right to withdraw from the Treaty if it decides that its supreme interests have been jeopardized. This Article recognizes that supreme interests of states are above the nuclear non-proliferation.

After all, the U.S. itself impeded the international efforts for nuclear non-proliferation by not giving up the nuclear threat against the DPRK, but rather compelling the latter to possess nuclear weapons.
This eloquently shows that the anti-DPRK ¡°resolutions¡± are not based on any established principles and that they are nothing less than the products of undemocratic old practice of the Security Council and the conspiracy and collusion of the forces obsessed only in their vested interests.

The U.S. claims that the DPRK¡¯s possession of H-bomb and ICBM constitutes a ¡°global threat¡± even at the UN arena. But such claim is a big lie which is just tantamount to the notorious ¡°big lie¡± faked up by the U.S. in 2003 about the existence in Iraq of weapons of mass destruction in order to invade that country.

The Democratic People¡¯s Republic of Korea is a responsible nuclear weapon state.
We will take preventive measures by merciless preemptive action in case the U.S. and its vassal forces show any sign of conducting a kind of ¡°decapitating¡± operation on our headquarters or military attack against our country. However, we do not have any intention at all to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against the countries that do not join in the U.S. military actions against the DPRK.

The U.S. is resorting to an intrigue of condemning the DPRK¡¯s nuclear possession as ¡°a global threat¡± in order to find a pretext for coercing other UN member states into implementing the anti-DPRK ¡°sanctions resolutions¡±.
This is a sneaky and selfish attempt by the U.S. to avoid its responsibility for the nuclear issue of the Korean peninsula and to pursue its own interests by using and sacrificing other countries that have nothing to do with the issue.

The government of the DPRK made a request to the UN Secretariat that a forum of international law experts be organized to assess legal grounds and lawfulness of the UNSC ¡°resolutions¡±, but we have not heard anything from the Secretariat for 9 months already.

Same is true of the fact that the DPRK made repeated requests to the UNSC to discuss the serious threat to international peace and security posed by the aggressive and provocative U.S.-south Korea large-scale joint military exercises, but these requests were never put on the UNSC agenda, rather turned down every time.

The UN Charter stipulates that the members of the United Nations accept and carry out the decisions of the Security Council.
If the ¡°resolutions¡± on the DPRK adopted at the Security Council are truly lawful and fair, there will be no need that all U.S. ambassadors abroad and even the President and the State Secretary turn out to coerce other countries into implementing the ¡°resolutions¡±. Furthermore, there will be no need for the U.S. to bring its stooges like south Korea and Japan into this.

The UN member states should not yield in to pressure of an individual big power in dealing with the UNSC resolutions but make an independent judgment on lawfulness, impartiality and morality of the resolutions and contribute to promoting reform of the UNSC by further raising their voices against high-handedness and arbitrariness.

Mr. President,

The U.S. had put sanctions against our country from the very first day of its foundation and the over 70-year long history of the DPRK can be said in a sense a history of struggle, persevering along the road of self-development under the harshest sanctions in the world.
Through such a prolonged and arduous struggle, now we are finally only a few steps away from the final gate of completion of the state nuclear force.
It is only a forlorn hope to consider any chance that the DPRK would be shaken an inch or change its stance due to the harsher sanctions by the hostile forces.

The day will certainly come in near future when we settle all damages inflicted to our peaceful economic development and improvement of the people¡¯s livelihood and all the sufferings imposed on our innocent women, children and elderly by the heinous and barbaric sanctions against our Republic.

The DPRK already organized a national damage investigation committee to make comprehensive study of total damages inflicted on our Republic by all kinds of sanctions.
This committee will thoroughly investigate and compile all physical and moral damages imposed upon the DPRK by the U.S., its followers and also those countries that submitted to the U.S. coercion.

When this racket of sanctions and pressure reaches a critical point, thus driving the Korean peninsula into an uncontrollable situation, investigation results of this committee will have a huge effect in holding those accountable.

Mr. President,

My delegation takes this opportunity to extend strong support to and solidarity with the Cuban government and people who are fighting to defend national sovereignty and realize international justice against the high-handedness, arbitrariness and unilateral embargo of the U.S.
We also express strong support to and solidarity with the government and people of Venezuela who are fighting to defend the national sovereignty and the cause of socialism.

The unjust and contemptible acts such as turning a blind eye to the heinous acts of Israel while condemning in every manner only the Syrian government fighting to protect its national sovereignty and security should not be tolerated any longer.

The DPRK government will certainly defend peace and security of the country with its powerful nuclear deterrence and also contribute to safeguarding world peace and security.
Thank you, Mr. President.