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Press Statement of DPRK Foreign Ministry

Pyongyang, June 16 (KCNA) -- The Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea issued the following press statement on Friday over the vicious sanctions and pressure by the U.S. and its followers:

The despicable sanctions and pressure imposed on the DPRK by the U.S. and its vassal forces have reached the extreme.
The DPRK's development of nuclear force that the U.S. and its vassal forces use as a pretext for sanctions is an outcome of the extremely hostile policy of the U.S. and its nuclear threat against the DPRK and, hence, it is a legitimate and righteous measure for self-defense to protect the sovereignty and the right to existence of the country and nation.

Not a single article or provision in the UN Charter and other international laws stipulates that nuclear test or ballistic rocket launch poses a threat to international peace and security. If, nonetheless, anyone were ever to be held accountable for carrying them out, those countries that have conducted most of the nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches so far should be subject to sanctions before any others.

Nevertheless, the U.S. and other hostile forces have constantly waged sanctions and pressure campaign against the DPRK, taking issue with its exercise of the right to self-defense and now they are openly pursuing the criminal intent to completely suffocate the DPRK's national economy and impoverish the people's livelihood.

Their sanctions have grown utterly vicious and barbaric today as to try to obliterate the rights to existence and development of the state and people of the DPRK, destroy modern civilization and bring the world back into medieval darkness.
The very nature of these sanctions running counter to the human ethics and civilization finds its expression in the fact that the hostile forces cooked up the so-called "sanctions resolutions" of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in the most despicable and heinous way and are enforcing them upon the international community.

The UN "sanctions resolutions" are so preposterous that the wide-ranging import and export prohibition or restriction enforced by them has included even luxury goods while listing numerous entities and individuals to be subject to sanctions, allegedly aiming to contain the DPRK's nuclear and ballistic missile-related activities. These "resolutions" are producing endless series of bizarre and ridiculous episodes.

The prohibition on the export of underground resources including coal was indiscriminately expanded and the control over "dual-use" items was exercised in such a careless way that these measures are having adverse consequences for the people's livelihood and normal economic activities.

Last year, the customs office of a certain country seized even frozen chicken, cosmetics packaging and zipper tab production equipment and materials as well as frequency stabilizers and voltage regulators to be used at fishery stations, and returned them after several months.

These are only few of many cases which testify to the fact that the "sanctions resolutions" rigged up at the UNSC allegedly to protect the international peace and security are actually pursuing the nefarious objective of impeding the development of the overall national economy of the DPRK.

The "Resolution 2270" coercively adopted at the UNSC was weird enough to include recreational sports equipment in the list of luxury goods.
As the result, a country in Europe is prohibiting the export of sports equipment and apparatus to the DPRK such as ski, yacht, mountaineering boots, snowmobile, snow groomer and even billiard table for the reasons of implementation of the "resolution".

Another country prohibits the export of sports apparatus including sports firearms, ammunitions and archery equipment that the DPRK used to import regularly, for fear of violating the "sanctions resolutions".
In November 2016, seven sets of diving flippers addressed to the Rungna Dolphinarium in Pyongyang were confiscated by the customs office in a European country as they were classified as luxury goods.

It had been decided to hold the 2017 World Junior Judo Championship and 2018 IWF (International Weightlifting Federation) Junior World Championship in the DPRK, but the venues have now changed to other countries. One country has denied entry visas to the teams and delegations of the DPRK to attend the international sports tournaments while the support grants legally provided by the International Olympic Committee and other international sports federations are not being remitted to the DPRK.

Archery equipment would never become ballistic rockets and sports rifles could never be used to launch nuclear warheads, but some countries either being overpowered by or blindly following the high-handed practices of the hostile forces are bringing disgrace to the ideal and purpose of sports.
These brutal and barbarous sanctions and pressure have stretched out their claws to the public health and humanitarian areas as well.

The UNICEF country office in the DPRK ordered 24.4 tons of malaria mosquito repellent (Insecticide Residual Spray) from other countries in September 2016, but they were unable to sign a contract for the transportation of the goods as that would breach the UN "sanctions resolutions". The goods could never leave the place of origin and they have remained piled up in the warehouse for 9 months until today.

In November 2016, the country office procured 15 mobile X-ray units and the reagent for diagnosis of tuberculosis, but the delivery was delayed for 6 months for the reason that those were classified as "dual-use" items by the UN "sanctions resolutions" on the DPRK.

In January 2017, a hundred thousand ampoules of ephedrine being imported by a health company of the DPRK were unreasonably seized although the company had gone through the procedure of informing the International Narcotics Control Board in advance as per the regulations.

The fact that the items urgently needed for the treatment of chronic diseases are being subject to sanctions for such absurd reasons as "dual-use" proves that the clause in the "sanctions resolutions" which underlined that the measures imposed by the resolutions are "not intended to have adverse humanitarian consequences for the civilian population of the DPRK" is only a deception and that the "sanctions" are actually targeting the daily life and the very existence of the people of the DPRK.

Some countries in Europe refuse to grant basic diplomatic privileges and immunities to the DPRK diplomatic passport holders and treat them with impudence by randomly searching their luggage and confiscating used household items, cosmetics, and even carbonated drinks and children's bicycle in flagrant disregard of the universally recognized legal norms and practices.

They are so crazy and obsessed about "sanctions" that diplomats do not make any difference to them and children's bicycle, refrigerator, kitchen utensils and hairdryer appear to be weapons of mass destruction-related items.

As seen above, the sanctions and blockade racket aimed to isolate and suffocate the DPRK is going beyond the limits.
The U.S. is the primary mastermind of this frantic campaign of sanctions and pressure on the DPRK.

Not only the U.S. fabricated the unprecedented vicious "sanctions resolutions" against the DPRK by abusing the mandate of the UNSC and made attempts to drag all countries of the world into their implementation, but it maliciously resorted to "unilateral sanctions" against the DPRK claiming to close the loophole in the UN sanctions.

The "sanctions" of all sorts that the U.S. has imposed on the DPRK for more than half a century are now becoming all the more reckless backed by such evil laws as the "North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016".

The newly emerged Trump administration announced "maximum pressure and engagement" as its policy towards the DPRK, and continues to invent different kinds of "sanctions" including the "sanctions on specially designated nationals" which targeted even the supreme dignity of the DPRK, in attempt to comprehensively furnish its domestic law to accommodate the "unilateral sanctions" on any entity or individual of the DPRK.

A quick calculation shows that 15 Party and government organs, 73 other firms and entities and about 90 individuals of the DPRK are currently placed on the sanctions list together with 16 airplanes and 20 trade cargo ships, but hardly any of them are associated with munitions area at all.

The U.S. is also making desperate and frenzied moves to involve other countries in the "sanctions" campaign against the DPRK.
The U.S. state secretary said on a recent occasion that the U.S. made it clear to all countries including China and Russia that they should join in imposing "sanctions" on the DPRK. He also said if a country claims that the total amount of its trade with the DPRK does not exceed 5 million USD, the U.S. would ask the country to reduce it to 2 million. This fully reveals the true colors of the U.S. as the gang of muggers.

The U.S. has employed the "secondary boycott" to achieve its wicked aim, and business persons and firms of several countries including China and Russia have already fallen victim to it and suffered huge losses in their economic activities and business management as they were unreasonably put on the sanctions list of the U.S.

Besides, the U.S. is coercing all the countries that established diplomatic relations with the DPRK to sever the relations or scale down the level, in a blatant violation of the international laws including the UN Charter and Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

Except one Latin American country and two or three Asian countries that show signs of attempts to reduce the number of the DPRK diplomats in their countries under the pressure of the U.S., the overwhelming majority of the countries resolutely reject the U.S. demand, regarding it an interference in their internal affairs, or simply ignore it.

The sanctions campaign waged by the U.S. and its vassal forces is a heinous act of hostility and aggression against the DPRK to deprive it of her sovereignty and rights to existence and development, and to overthrow its ideology and system by all means.
If the high-handed and arbitrary practices of the U.S. are tolerated, allowed and sympathized with, their spearhead will eventually be leveled at the other countries adhering to independence and the world will plunge into gloom where the U.S. holds sway on everything.

The U.S. and its vassal forces that always suffer crushing defeats in the overall politico-military confrontation with the DPRK may resort to much more despicable and barbarous sanctions, but they can never check the advance of the DPRK marching towards the final victory of the building of a powerful socialist country by dint of self-reliance and self-development.

As the U.S. and other hostile forces get more frantic in the moves to impose the toughest sanctions and pressure on the DPRK, the hatred and rage of the army and people of the country will only grow stronger and the DPRK will further speed up the strengthening of its nuclear force to root out the base of aggression and all evils. -0-


S. Korean Authorities Urged to Repatriate Detained DPRK Women

Pyongyang, June 10 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Central Committee of the DPRK Red Cross Society gave an answer to question raised by KCNA on Friday as regards the fact that organizations of various circles in south Korea are staging a vigorous action in demand of the repatriation of detained DPRK women citizens.

A vigorous struggle for the repatriation of detained Kim Ryon Hui and other twelve DPRK women citizens was launched in south Korea with the people of different strata involved, amid the growing demand for the liquidation of evils done by the Park Geun Hye group of traitors for confrontation with the fellow countrymen.

But the authorities of south Korea are intentionally turning away from the matter of their repatriation, despite of the appeal and demand by the people from all walks of life, and the "National Assembly" and ruling and opposition parties agreed to adopt a NA resolution "urging" the "reunion of divided families in the south and the north on August 15", turning aside the issue.

Criticizing such wrong attitude, the spokesman said that the detention of DPRK woman citizens, who were abducted and taken away to south Korea, is a product of the heinous anti-DPRK confrontation policy of the Park group, which was sternly punished by the public, and it is an unpardonable unethical crime.

He further said: If the south Korean authorities are truly interested in the issues of "human rights", "humanitarianism" and "separated families", they should pay attention to the strong demand of the families of those abductees and settle the issue of their repatriation at an early date before anything else.

It is preposterous to discuss on the "humanitarianism" and reunion of divided families and relatives, in disregard of such hideous unethical crimes as imposing bitter pains and misfortune on the compatriots by artificially making new "divided families".

Any humanitarian cooperation between the north and the south, including reunion of divided families and relatives, can never be expected before the unconditional repatriation of the detained women citizens of the DPRK.
We will watch the attitude of the south Korean authorities and strive for the repatriation of the detained women citizens to the last. -0-


DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesman Rejects Press Statement of UNSC

Pyongyang, May 16 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry Tuesday gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA as regards the successful test-fire of ground-to-ground medium long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12:
The successful test-fire of Hwasong-12 is of great and special significance in ensuring peace and stability in the Korean peninsula and the region, and it is the greatest victory of the Korean people.

As part of the routine work to raise the nuclear capability to the maximum and thus increase the military capability for self-defense, the test-fire was conducted at the highest angle in consideration of neighboring countries' security. It was aimed at verifying the tactical and technical specifications of newly-developed ballistic rocket capable of carrying a large-size heavy nuclear warhead.

However, some countries described this legitimate exercise of right to self-defense as "violation" and "threat" and the UNSC issued a press statement pulling up the DPRK over the ballistic rocket launch.

The DPRK categorically and totally rejects the UNSC's press statement which called into question its bolstering of nuclear deterrence for self-defense, pursuant to the U.S. vicious anti-DPRK policy.
Just in recent one week the U.S. conducted two test-fires of intercontinental ballistic missiles, but the UNSC never mentioned them.

The right to self-defense is the first criterion of sovereignty. Therefore, accusation against it is an undisguised encroachment upon sovereignty and an act of rude interference in internal affairs.
Should the U.S. dare make a military provocation against our State, we will readily counter it.

The most perfect weapon systems in the world will never be the eternal exclusive property of the U.S., and the day when the DPRK uses corresponding retaliatory means is sure to come.
Then, the U.S. will come to see for itself whether the ballistic rockets of the DPRK pose actual threat to it or not. -0-


Disarmament and Peace Institute of Foreign Ministry on Validity of DPRK's Principled Stand to Defend Peace and Stability

Pyongyang, May 5 (KCNA) -- The Disarmament and Peace Institute of the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK Friday released a study report disclosing the danger of the heinous moves the U.S. has persisted while resorting to military adventure to push the situation on the Korean peninsula to the point of explosion of a thermonuclear war, and clarifying the validity of the principled stand of the DPRK to firmly defend the peace and stability on the peninsula and in the region.

The U.S. military provocation moves have reached the height with Key Resolve and Foal Eagle 17 joint military drills as occasions, the report said, and went on:
The U.S. hurled 300 000-strong troops into the aggression war drills including troops from the U.S. military bases in areas around the Korean peninsula and even its mainland, to say nothing of those troops present in south Korea and the south Korean puppet forces.

Through the joint military drill the U.S. posed an open military threat to the DPRK and, in actuality, planned to put preemptive attack and aggression war into practice.
Under the active patronage and instigation of the U.S, the south Korean puppet forces conducted provocation in the hotspot waters in the West Sea of Korea in real earnest to ignite a war.

Due to the U.S. extreme military provocation moves, the acute situation on the peninsula has lasted even after the joint military drills.
Timed to coincide with the end of the drills, the U.S. introduced Carl Vinson carrier task force, Michigan nuclear submarine and other strategic assets into the Korean peninsula, ratcheting up military tension to the maximum.

On May 1, just one day after joint military drills came to an end, B-1B nuclear strategic bomber formation was brought into the sky over south Korea to hold the drill of dropping nuclear bombs.
From May 3 the U.S. staged joint military drills in areas around the Korean peninsula together with Japan, Britain and France, rendering tenser the situation on the peninsula, over which dark clouds of a nuclear war hang heavily.

The evil cycle of escalation of tension has continued on the Korean peninsula due to the aggression war moves steadily conducted by the U.S. in conspiracy with its vassal forces.
It is nothing but a despicable double-dealing tactics for the U.S. to talk about "dialogue" while hyping its political, economic and military pressure on the DPRK to an extreme pitch. And to clamor for denuclearization is a revelation of the gangster-like intention to deprive the DPRK of its nukes and open the way for a war of aggression.

The report contended that it is the exercise of the full-fledged sovereignty which no one can fault with for the DPRK to continue to take measures for bolstering its nuclear force to the maximum with a firm hold on the nuclear treasured sword for independence and justice to stand against the U.S. unprecedented anti-DPRK moves. -0-


DPRK Will Foil U.S., S. Korean Forces' Nuclear War Moves: CCNR Spokesman

Pyongyang, April 22 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Consultative Council for National Reconciliation (CCNR) in a statement Saturday said all Koreans in the north and the south and abroad are hardly repressing their surging indignation at the U.S. and the south Korean conservative group pushing the situation of the Korean peninsula to the point of explosion.

What is all the more infuriating is the puppet conservative group's act of fanning up the U.S. war fever, the statement said, and went on:
The present situation, in which the U.S. frenzy for nuclear war against the DPRK has reached the extremes with an aim at annihilating the Korean nation, clearly proves what a wise option the DPRK made when it decided to bolster up the nuclear force in quantity and quality with a firm hold on the nuclear sword of justice.

The DPRK has nothing to be afraid of and is ready to fight any mode of war wanted by the U.S. as it has now towered as a nuclear power in the East and a rocket launching power in Asia.
If the U.S. provokes even a bit the sovereignty and the right to existence of the DPRK, the powerful nuclear strike means of the DPRK associated with blood and sweat shed by its people will blow up in a moment the stronghold of aggression and provocation in any space whether it is ground, air and sea and underwater, and the shouts for annihilating enemies which shook the square of military parade will resound as hurrahs for national reunification.

The puppet warmongers getting frantic in sycophantic treachery and racket for confrontation with the DPRK while working as henchmen of the U.S. can not get away from the target of nuclear strike but will meet a miserable end.

All the fellow countrymen in the north and the south and abroad should courageously turn out in the struggle to foil the U.S. and the puppet conservative group's nuclear war moves in the indomitable spirit of the nation which has a firm grip on the nuclear sword, and bring about a reunified power in which 80 million Koreans live in one and the same territory. -0-


U.S. Missile Attack on Syria Unpardonable: DPRK FM Spokesman

Pyongyang, April 8 (KCNA) -- The Trump administration on April 7 mounted a massive missile attack on an air-force base of the Syrian government army under the pretext that it killed civilians by using chemical weapons.

A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry in a statement on April 8 termed this an act of aggression on a sovereign state that can never be tolerated.

Through the recent U.S. military attack on Syria, the world clearly sees who is disturber and wrecker of peace, the statement said, adding:
The successive U.S. administrations have perpetrated strikes at those countries which do not have nukes only, styling themselves a superpower and the same is true of the Trump administration.

Some forces are loud-mouthed that the recent U.S. military attack on Syria is an action of "warning" to the DPRK, but the latter is not frightened at such threat.
What happened in Syria once again taught a bitter lesson that no one should have an illusion about the imperialists and one can defend oneself from the imperialist aggression only when one has one's strength.

Our tremendous military muscle with a nuclear force as its pivot serves as a treasured sword of justice for foiling the U.S. shameless high-handed and arbitrary practices and aggression moves and protecting the sovereignty of the country and the right of the nation to existence.

The reality today goes to prove that any aggression should be countered with force only and that the DPRK's choice is entirely just as it has bolstered up its nuclear force remarkably.

The DPRK will increase in every way its military capability for self-defence to cope with the U.S. evermore reckless moves for a war and will defend itself with its own force. -0-


Traitors of S. Korean Puppet Unification Ministry Should Be Buried together with Park Geun Hye

Pyongyang, March 27 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Policy Department of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country of the DPRK Sunday issued a statement demanding the group of traitors at the south Korean puppet ministry of unification be buried in the cemetery of history together with Park Geun Hye.

Much upset by the voices growing stronger in south Korea demanding the total scrapping of the treacherous policies of traitor Park who faced a severe judgment of the public, the gentries of the puppet unification ministry are making desperate efforts to justify the bankrupt policy of confrontation with the compatriots in the north and pass the buck for the deadlocked inter-Korean relations to the DPRK, the statement said, adding:

No matter what silly jargons the gentries may let out in a bid to mislead the public opinion, they can never evade the responsibility for having brought the inter-Korean relations to a total collapse and created the worst danger of a war.
Park and her stooges, gentries of the unification ministry, brought to naught the precious gains common to the nation made in the June 15 era of reunification by going against the desire of the compatriots for the nation's harmony and reunification. However, they are unhesitatingly insisting that they are the "success of the policy toward the north."

The gentries of the ministry look like dogs at a mourner's house after Park's impeachment. Yet, they are still busy crying out for confrontation, a disgusting behavior.
Reality calls for throwing overboard at once and punishing in the name of the nation such betes noires as Hong Yong Phyo, the wicked traitor and accomplice in the hideous case of abuse of power who took the lead in implementing Park's vicious policy of confrontation with the fellow countrymen in the north.

It is the DPRK's stand that the unification ministry should be disorganized under any circumstances as it is opposed to reunification and it is staffed with lazybones, who receive salaries provided with money collected from the south Koreans as taxes, and the bankrupt policy of confrontation be scrapped unconditionally.

The south Korean people will have to send the group of traitors of the ministry along with Park to the cemetery of history as they are making desperate efforts to prolong their despicable remaining days, while justifying the said policy of Park. -0-


DPRK Will Deal Merciless Retaliatory Strike at Provokers: Foreign Ministry Spokesman

Pyongyang, March 4 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry released a statement on Saturday in denunciation of the ongoing U.S.-south Korea joint military drills against the DPRK.
The spokesman branded the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises being staged by the U.S. in south Korea as the most undisguised nuclear war move to throw the Korean Peninsula and the rest of Northeast Asia into nuclear disaster.

Nobody can vouch when the war drills kicked off after introducing a lot of nuclear strike means and huge forces into south Korea and the waters off it may go over to an actual war and, consequently, the situation on the Korean Peninsula is again inching close to the brink of a nuclear war, the statement said, adding:

The U.S. nuclear war drills assume more dangerous nature as they are staged at a time when it is resorting to the worst political and economic sanctions and pressure against the DPRK while finding fault with the latter's measure for bolstering up its nuclear force.

The U.S. seeks to convince the public that the joint military exercises are ascribable to the DPRK's access to nuclear weapons, but this is sophism making profound confusing of right and wrong.

The DPRK will never remain a passive onlooker to the new U.S. administration overtly revealing its intention to put military pressure on the DPRK and invade it while crying out for "peace by dint of strength".

The spokesman stressed that the army and people of the DPRK are unshakable in their will to further bolster up the deterrence for self-defence with the strategic nuclear force as a pivot in order to put a radical end to the danger of a nuclear war being imposed by the U.S. and deal a merciless retaliatory strike at any provocation by the invaders. -0-


Foreign Ministry Spokesman of DPRK Slams U.S. and Vassal Forces for Faulting Its Strategic Ballistic Missile Test-fire

Pyongyang, February 15 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA Wednesday as regards the fact that the U.S. and its vassal forces faulted the DPRK's surface-to-surface medium to long-range strategic ballistic missile test-fire:

The UN Security Council issued a press release under the manipulation of the U.S. on Feb. 13 in which it faulted the DPRK's test-fire as a "breach of resolution" and threatened it would take "additional crucial measures".
The recent missile test-fire conducted by the DPRK is part of normal course which it has to go through in implementing the line of simultaneous development of the two fronts, its state line.

Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un in his New Year Address for this year declared that the preparations for the inter-continental ballistic rocket test-fire had reached the final phase, and in the subsequent period, the DPRK officially clarified more than once that the measure for further bolstering its nuclear force can be taken any moment the Supreme Leader makes his decision.

The self-defensive measure is for firmly protecting the sovereignty of the country and the right to existence of the nation from the threat of nuclear war posed by the U.S. and its vassal forces and reliably guaranteeing the peace on the Korean peninsula and the security of the region.
No one is entitled to fault this legitimate right of a sovereign state.

The UNSC has long been disqualified to take issue with the DPRK's legitimate step for self-defence as it has gone to the extremes in its application of double-standards by which it labels the tests carried out by the DPRK for self-defence "illegal" but keeps mum about the tests conducted by the U.S. and other countries.

For UN member nations or the UN secretary general to blindly follow the UNSC resolution, failing to discern its absurd double-dealing attitude, means that they do not properly perform their duties.
There is no paragraph in the UN Charter which specifies nuclear test and missile test-fire as illegal. Therefore, the DPRK will never acknowledge the UNSC "resolution" which termed the DPRK's nuclear test and rocket test-fire "illegal", and will never do in the future, either.

We categorically reject the press release of the UNSC which took issue with the right of a sovereign state to self-defence under the high-handed pressure of the U.S. in utter disregard of the DPRK's just demand. -0-


Meeting of Co-Chairmen of Pomminryon Held

Pyongyang, January 26 (KCNA) -- The 17th meeting of co-chairmen of the Pan-national Alliance for Korea's Reunification (Pomminryon) was held on Thursday by way of exchanging facsimile messages among the north and the south and overseas headquarters.
The meeting discussed an action program of Pomminryon for ushering in a heyday of the reunification movement this year. A report was made at the meeting.

It noted that Pomminryon set it as its major tasks to respect the Three Principles of National Reunification and common agreements of the nation and open the way for improving the relations between the north and the south and worked hard to carry them out last year.

It stressed that Pomminryon fully supports the appeal of the joint conference of the government, political parties and organizations of the DPRK to open up a broad avenue to independent reunification by the concerted efforts of the whole nation this year.

The report clarified the following tasks and ways for glorifying this year as a year of bringing a new phase of independent reunification:
Pomminryon will make continuous efforts in the van to remove acute military conflict and danger of war between the north and the south, create the atmosphere for improving their relations and provide a peaceful environment.

It is necessary to give further momentum to the anti-war peace movement in order to resolutely reject all sorts of slander and sordid hostile acts escalating mistrust and danger of war between the north and the south and to stand against the joint military exercises for aggression under various codenames, which are staged together with outsiders under the signboard of "annual" and "defensive" ones, and arms buildup.

Pomminryon will direct positive efforts to revving up the atmosphere for improved north-south relations as wished and desired by all Koreans.
It is needed to conduct vigorous and various activities for respecting the Three Principles of National Reunification and the north-south agreements such as the historic June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration and translating them into a reality.

Out of its desire to pave a new path for peace and independent reunification of the country, Pomminryon will turn out to make the pan-national gathering for reunification a historic one attended by personages representing all classes and strata of Koreans at home and abroad and other many compatriots in name and reality.
It will give spurs in the van to the nationwide movement for meeting the challenges of the separatist forces at home and abroad going against the nation's desire for reunification.

Pomminryon should fully display its responsibility and mission as vanguard for independent reunification and standard-bearer of great national unity so as to glorify this year marking the 45th anniversary of the publication of the July 4 joint statement and the 10th anniversary of the publication of the October 4 declaration as a very significant year in opening a new phase for independent reunification.

A joint resolution was adopted at the meeting. -0-

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Joint Resolution of Pomminryon

Pyongyang, January 26 (KCNA) -- The north, the south and overseas headquarters of the Pan-national Alliance for Korea's Reunification (Pomminryon) held a meeting of Pomminryon co-chairmen and adopted a joint resolution on Thursday.

Noting that the north side recently held a joint conference of the government, political parties and organizations and called for opening up a broad avenue to independent reunification by the concerted efforts of all Koreans this year, the resolution said:

Pomminryon supports the patriotic appeal of the north side, recognizing that it serves as a practical way for opening up a broad avenue to independent reunification and it also fully agrees with the main mission of Pomminryon and its action program for this year.

Pomminryon, which has led the way for independent reunification, expresses the following resolution to step up a grand nationwide march toward reunification, firmly holding hands with compatriots from all walks of life at home and abroad who hope for peace and reunification of the country, this significant year marking the 45th anniversary of the publication of the July 4 joint statement and the 10th anniversary of the publication of the October 4 declaration.

Pomminryon will continuously strive in the van to remove the source of war and provide peaceful environment.
Pomminryon will conduct positive activities to rev up an atmosphere for improving the relations between the north and the south.
It will encourage multi-sided dialogue and negotiations and exchange of visits and contacts for implementing the north-south agreements and categorically smash all sorts of confrontation moves denying the agreements and hindering their implementation.

Pomminryon will open up a heyday for a nationwide reunification movement through successful holding of a pan-national reunification gathering.
Pomminryon will take the lead in promoting the pan-national movement to frustrate the challenges of the separatist forces at home and abroad going against the nation's desire for reunification.

The resolution called on all Koreans to cherish deep in their mind the responsibility and mission as vanguard for independent reunification and standard-bearer of great national unity and vigorously struggle to glorify this year as a year of opening up a new phase for independent reunification. -0-


DPRK's ICBM Development Is to Cope with U.S. Nuclear War Threat: FM Spokesman

Pyongyang, January 8 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to the question raised by KCNA Sunday as regards the fact that the U.S. is pulling up the DPRK over its preparations for ICBM test-fire that have reached their final phase:
The DPRK's ICBM development is part of its efforts for bolstering its capability for self-defence to cope with the ever more undisguised nuclear war threat from the U.S.
Nevertheless, the U.S. is crying out for tightening sanctions to pressurize the DPRK, terming the entirely just rocket launch preparations of the latter "provocation" and "threat." This reminds one of a guilty party filing the suit first.

A U.S. deputy secretary of State spouted rubbish on January 5 that threat from north Korea has reached an extreme pitch and sanctions aimed at pressurizing north Korea would as ever continue no matter what administration may appear in the U.S.
Some pseudo-experts and conservative media are busy joining the Obama group in putting pressure on the DPRK.

Explicitly speaking again, the U.S. is wholly to blame for pushing the DPRK to have developed ICBM as it has desperately resorted to anachronistic policy hostile toward the DPRK for decades to encroach upon its sovereignty and vital rights.

Despite the unheard-of harsh sanctions and pressure, the DPRK developed H-bomb and had access to standardized nuclear warheads by bolstering up its nuclear weapons on a high level at an unimaginably high speed on the strength of self-development.

The ICBM will be launched anytime and anywhere determined by the supreme headquarters of the DPRK.

Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un clarified that the DPRK will continue to build up our self-defence capability, the pivot of which is the nuclear forces, and the capability for preemptive strike as long as the United States and its vassal forces keep on nuclear threat and blackmail and as long as they do not stop their war games they stage at our doorstep disguising them as annual events.
Anyone who wants to deal with the DPRK would be well advised to secure a new way of thinking after having clear understanding of it. -0-


Open Questionnaire of DPRK Institute of International Studies

Pyongyang, December 7 (KCNA) -- The Institute of International Studies of the DPRK on Tuesday released an open questionnaire "Does on Earth the United States Know It Is Doomed to Failure in Its Outrageous Anti-DPRK Human Rights Campaign", which reads in full text:

The United States, styling itself the "human rights judge" on the international stage, abuses human rights issues more undisguisedly to interfere in other countries' internal affairs and violate their sovereignty.
It labels those countries that uphold anti-imperialism and independence against its domination-oriented strategy as "countries of evil" or "countries stricken with human rights issues". And it even tries to overthrow their governments.

Notably, upset by the DPRK's quantum leap and sophistication of its nuclear capabilities, the United States is hell-bent on the smear campaign to isolate and stifle the DPRK by politicizing and hyping up the latter's "human rights issue".
Outgoing Obama, Kerry and other U.S. authorities argue that every possible measure should be adopted to address "north Korea's human rights issue". The Congress claims it would further extend the "north Korean human rights act" to 2022.

More ridiculously, the United States stages a series of farces such as the "hearing on north Korea's human rights situation" on the basis of false testimonies given by the human scum who fled their country after committing crimes and are now desperate to earn their living. In November, it goaded the European Union and Japan to cook up another anti-DPRK "human rights resolution" at the Third Committee of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The Obama clique, which has pursued "strategic patience" in vain, makes a last-ditch attempt this time to make up for its failed DPRK policy by stepping up the outrageous human rights campaign.
Given that the DPRK is now making big strides by dint of its strong military strength and self-reliance and self-development, it is crystal clear that the human rights campaign against the DPRK serves a sinister political purpose: to tarnish its prestige and image and to stamp out its ideology and system.

On the occasion of the World Human Rights Day, the Institute of International Studies of the DPRK releases this open questionnaire to vehemently condemn the U.S. nonsensical human rights campaign and pronounce the inevitability of its failure.

1. Does the United States ever know about the human rights situation of the DPRK where the leader and people form a harmonious whole and people are fully enjoying their rights?

The United States has called the DPRK "illegitimate and unlawful regime" and talked about "human rights sanctions", even going to the extremes of pointing an accusing finger at the dignity of the DPRK supreme leadership.
The former UN "special rapporteur" on the human rights situation in the DPRK even argued that, as part of the "human rights sanctions", restriction should be placed on the DPRK's access to the Olympics and other international competitions. Such a ridiculous argument runs against the sacred Olympic ideal.

What a pity the United States is still far out of touch with the actual situation of the DPRK.
The DPRK is a genuine people's country. It is based on people-centred political philosophy that the masses of the people are the master of society and everything serves them. In short, the DPRK is the only socialist state in the world which holds the people-first principle as its political ideal.

In the DPRK, the leader and people are firmly bound together with love, affection and a bond of kinship. The leader believes in the people as in heaven while the latter reveres the former as their saviour and father. Such single-minded unity cannot be found in any other parts of the world.
It is a commonplace in the DPRK to see people--be they a worker, farmer, scientist, artiste, soldier or even child--opening their hearts to their leader when they meet him and shedding tears of emotion, grasping his hand reluctant to part from him.

Thanks to the people-oriented policies of the Workers' Party of Korea and the government, the people are fully exercising and enjoying human rights in every realm of social life. But U.S. authorities are too steeped in hostility and prejudice against the DPRK to see this reality.
The DPRK makes sure every member of society is given rights to politics, labour, rest, education, medical service and other social activities in a comprehensive and sufficient manner.

Everyone benefits from the free education and free healthcare systems, and the government provides the ordinary working people with houses gratis.
Indeed, top and absolute priority is given to the people's desire and demand, and their interests and convenience, and everything serves them.
Given this, if the United States tries to apply to the DPRK its standards for human rights it has habitually used to interfere in others' internal affairs, or if it dares to do harm to the dignified socialist system of the DPRK under the pretext of "protecting human rights", it would be nothing but ignorance and pipe dream.

The United States should act prudently, well aware of the socialist system the Korean people chose for themselves and have taken as their life and soul. And it should also see squarely the brilliant reality of the DPRK in which people are enjoying every possible right on the highest level, united as one in mind around their leader.

2. Can the United States admit to the world that the human rights racket it makes against the DPRK, in parallel with the nuclear issue, is designed to overthrow its socialist system?

U.S. hierarchy including Obama and Kerry take every opportunity to build public opinion against the DPRK, making such absurd remarks that the DPRK pours a colossal amount of money into its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and that they are concerned about its residents' livelihood.
Above all, when it comes to the human rights issue, the United States has no right whatsoever to take issue with the DPRK's self-defensive military buildup.

Who on earth has not recognized the ideology and system chosen by the people of the DPRK since the very first day of the country? Who on earth has caused the vicious cycle of confrontation in and around the Korean peninsula with nuclear threats and moves for unleashing another war of aggression? And who on earth has imposed harsh sanctions unparalleled in history?
It is none other than the United States that compelled the DPRK to build nuclear weapons. And it is the U.S. hostility that still drives the DPRK into upgrading its nuclear capability.

The point is that the ongoing anti-DPRK human rights racket coincides with the unprecedentedly large-scale nuclear war games that are often staged on the peninsula to remove the DPRK's nuclear deterrent.
The United States, which has lost out in the nuclear standoff with the DPRK, now seeks an excuse for another war against the latter by abusing the human rights issue, in a last-ditch attempt to isolate and stifle it.

The DPRK has built the nuclear deterrent of justice by surmounting all difficulties, and it is an absolutely just self-defensive measure aimed at protecting national sovereignty and the people's genuine human rights from the United States that tries to stifle its system.
A devastating war might have broken out in the Korean peninsula, had the DPRK failed to channel efforts into building up the self-defensive military capability, with the nuclear force as the backbone, in the face of the long-standing, ever-increasing U.S. nuclear threats and hostility.

Thanks to this powerful nuclear deterrent, the DPRK has been able to defend national security and the people's well-being and put great efforts into economic construction, opening up bright prospects for building a powerful socialist country where the people can lead a peaceful, affluent and civilized life.

The United States and its vassal forces, though belatedly, should see what is happening in the flood-hit northern areas of the DPRK at least, instead of talking such nonsense that the development of nuclear weapons and ballistic rockets cost huge sums of money and the people's livelihood is in a mess.

Others might have yielded to such an unheard-of disaster or could not have thought of rising up for years. But the DPRK mobilized and concentrated all its human and material potentials to work a miracle of turning misfortune into blessing in a matter of 60 days by building dozens of marvellous villages and streets on the banks of the Tuman River in the afflicted northern areas of North Hamgyong Province. Over 11 900 victim families have moved into better new houses at the same time.

This is the epitome of Korean-style socialism that can be brought about only by the Workers' Party of Korea and the DPRK government, which hold it as their supreme principle of activities to prioritize, respect and love the people and regard it as their mode of existence to serve them with devotion. And such a wonder can never be desired or imitated by others.

The world has been astounded by this singular reality and is envious of it.
U.S. desperate persistence in the row over human rights in parallel with the nuclear issue demonstrates that it is revealing more undisguisedly its sinister intention to bring down the genuine socialist system in the DPRK by all means.

The Americans are raising the racket in a bid to isolate and stifle the DPRK by dint of preposterous "human rights issue", now that the nuclear issue cuts no ice with it. Does the United States think that such a row can work on the DPRK which has emerged victorious in the confrontation with it for many decades?
It should answer this question with sound thinking and reason.

3. Doesn't the United States know yet that the anti-DPRK "human rights resolution" it fabricates every year is the criminal document that totally runs counter to international law?

The United States cooked up a unilateral domestic law called "north Korean human rights act" in 2004 and has updated it periodically. With this draconian law as a yardstick, it dares to "assess" and criticize the human rights situation of the DPRK.
Not content with this, it instigated its puppets, Japan and south Korea, to adopt their own acts. And every year its minions cook up an anti-DPRK "human rights resolution" in the UN arena.

Such a frantic bid is a manifestation of the U.S. hostile policy geared to maximizing the "human rights issue" to isolate the DPRK internationally.
The unlawfulness and criminal nature of these resolutions lie in that they are grounded on the report of the "inquiry commission on north Korean human rights situation" which was cooked up by absurdly exaggerating the contents of the documents drawn up by those steeped in deep-seated prejudice and hostility against the DPRK, including the north Korean "human rights special envoy" of the U.S. Department of State and the UN special rapporteur on Korean human rights situation, and the false testimonies of the scum of the earth.

It is a universal principle of international law that a sovereign state does never come under the jurisdiction of other country in any case, and the application of political and economic pressure and sanctions on other country in peacetime constitutes a crime and an act of aggression.
Whoever has granted the United States the right to interfere in the internal affairs of a sovereign state and infringe its sovereignty, and whoever has empowered the United States the authority to reduce the UN arena to a scene of political chaos in which even international law is neglected?

U.S. fabrication of the "human rights resolutions" by mobilizing its following forces constitutes a crime of flagrantly violating the international human rights law and regulations on respecting the freedom of ideology and cultural diversity.
The joint initiators of the anti-DPRK "human rights resolutions" are none other than the United States and its vassals that have serious human rights problems themselves.

It is the height of politicization of human rights, selectivity and double standards for them to dare to shake fist at the DPRK, symbol of genuine human rights, while sympathizing with the U.S. master, the kingpin of human rights abuse, unable to utter even a word of protest against its high-handedness and arbitrariness.

Full support and encouragement were expressed for the DPRK and the United States and other Western countries became the butt of criticism in the final document of the 17th summit of Non-Aligned Movement held in Venezuela last September and the declaration of the ministerial meeting of G77 convened on the sidelines of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly. This is the stern judgment on them for making the mockery of international law and tarnishing the sacred UN arena.

The United States, though belatedly, should admit that the "north Korean human right act" and "human rights resolution" are the documents of political provocation slandering and insulting the DPRK by American-style "human rights yardstick" and the criminal documents of aggression and interference that are totally contrary to international law, and make a courageous decision of discarding them into the dustbin of history.

4. Is the United States willing to apologize and compensate for having utterly violated the Korean people's rights to life, subsistence and development?

The basic guarantee of the rights to life, subsistence and development is peaceful environment.
No other nation in the world has been under constant war and nuclear threats as long as the Korean nation.

Etched in history are the capital crimes committed by the United States: it divided Korea into two, separated millions of family members with A-bomb threat. It has deployed lots of nuclear weapons in south Korea and intensified nuclear threat systematically to start a nuclear war since the 1950s. And it has ruthlessly violated the DPRK's human rights to life, survival and development through vicious economic blockade and sanctions.

No sooner had it signed the Korean Armistice Agreement than the United States shipped war equipment into south Korea to threaten the DPRK, and whenever it staged large-scale joint military exercises with south Korea since the 1960s, a touch-and-go situation was created in the Korean peninsula.
It has constantly strained the situation so that the Korean people could not live at ease even for a moment, and stood in the way of their economic development and survival and hindered their efforts for socialist construction and improvement of their livelihood at every step through all kinds of blockades, pressure and sanctions.

The human and material damages the DPRK sustained as of 2005 amounted to 64 959 854 000 000 U.S. dollars.
Moreover, the anti-DPRK sanctions that are being stepped up constitute the cruellest and basest unethical crime tantamount to fully depriving the Korean people of the rights to life, survival and development.

Extremely crazy about hostility towards the DPRK, the United States tries to ratchet up military pressure by hurling nuclear strategic assets in and around the Korean peninsula on one hand, and includes in the list of "sanctions items" even consumer goods and, more specifically, ordinary foods and children's toys, on the other hand.
For the single reason that the DPRK does not give in to its outrageous demand, the United States is trying to deprive the Korean people of their vital rights by putting the noose of sanctions--devoid of justification, ground and validity--around their necks.

As the world people unanimously say, it is a miracle of history that the DPRK is stepping up the building of a powerful socialist country while channelling efforts into economic construction and improvement of the people's living standards in the most dangerous hot spot in the world, on the land adjoining south Korea that has been reduced to a nuclear arsenal of the United States.

Can the United States make an apology and compensation to the Korean nation for its capital crimes of keeping the Korean nation divided for more than seven decades and violating the DPRK's rights to life, survival and development through nuclear threat and nuclear war rehearsals?
The United States should answer this question clearly.

5. Doesn't the United States know that it is nothing more than a pipe-dream for it to try to tarnish the image of the DPRK by fabricating a pile of "human rights" documents?

The United States continues to make bundles of human rights documents consistent with falsity and fabrications against the DPRK, while letting loose a stream of sophism about "violations of women's human rights", "infringement of children's rights" and "liquidation of persons with disabilities" whenever opportunity comes.

The United States, in hot pursuance of its policy of hostility against the DPRK, dares to try to mar the dignity and image of the DPRK by fabricating and spreading false documents with the help of the human scum who eke out an existence on lies. It is tantamount to a mean and vicious class-A political terrorism.

Human have so long and ardently desired gender equality since the term "human rights" was first coined. But nowhere in the world can be found such women as the Koreans who are respected and loved by all as a powerful social force that has the same social status as men and turns one of the two wheels of the revolution and flower of the country, and proudly demonstrate their dignity.

In the DPRK where women are highly valued and respected, every ordinary woman, irrespective of her occupation, can lead a worthwhile life as a heroine of the times, deputy to the Supreme People's Assembly, professor and doctor. And service amenities and medical facilities for women including the workers' hostel of the Kim Jong Suk Textile Mill and the Breast Tumour Institute of the Pyongyang Maternity Hospital have sprung up in the country.

Thanks to the Party and state policies of putting children forward as the kings of the country, palaces for babies and schoolchildren and children's camps have been built throughout the country, and the orphans also enjoy a happy life at palatial baby homes, orphanages and primary and middle schools, free from the grief of being left orphaned.

Does the United States know how base and despicable a crime it is to describe the true features of our society as "oppression of human rights" groundlessly?
The children from the northern areas which were badly hit by an unprecedented natural disaster had a pleasant time at the Songdowon International Children's Camp singing loudly the song "We Are the Happiest in the World" under the benevolent and meticulous paternal care. This legendary story still arouses envy and admiration worldwide.

Persons with disabilities also enjoy the same socio-political rights as ordinary people and are provided with vocational education for persons with disabilities, education for handicapped children and rational working and living conditions under the care of the government. And they conduct positive artistic and sporting activities on the "day of persons with disabilities" and other important occasions. If you have eyes and ears, come and witness this reality in the DPRK.

It is an intolerable insult to and typical human rights violations against the women, children and persons with disabilities in the DPRK, who enjoy the happiest life in the world, that the United States politicizes the purely humanitarian issue by distorting and falsifying such reality groundlessly.
It is nothing more than a pipe-dream of flying in the sky on the cloud that the United States thinks it can induce a "system collapse" in the DPRK by preparing rubbish documents that turn black into white and tarnishing its image.

The United States must keep in mind that these forged documents for anti-DPRK human rights smear campaign consistent with its deep-rooted prejudice against and policy of hostility towards the DPRK are the noose around its neck, leading it to self-ruin.

6. Is the United States ready to stop acting as an unqualified and unjustified "human rights judge" and appear before an international court as an accused?

The United States is the living hell for humanity governed by the law of the jungle and mammonism in which the one-percent privileged cannot survive without exploiting the 99-percent working people and fighting with one another, a kingdom of homicide where all kinds of gangs rampage and crimes of violence are rife and a human rights desert in which practices of heinous racial discrimination are rampant below the Statue of Liberty, which is allegedly symbolic of liberty.

It, however, commits state-sponsored terrorism, massacres and crimes against humanity unprecedented in human history without hesitation while covering up its own flaws in human rights provision, launching "war on terror" and giving rise to "colour revolution" in various parts of the world under the ostentatious signboard of "peace and security" and "human rights protection."

The international community clearly saw and still sees the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, intervention in Syria, brutal and indiscriminate air raids on peaceful civilians, arrest of innocent people and medieval torture of them in overseas secret detention centres and the worst-ever refugee crisis in history the United States perpetrated under the pretext of "war on terror."

It really does not stand to reason and is the height of shamelessness and impudence that the United States, the kingpin of human rights abuses, styles itself a "human rights judge," while pointing an accusing finger at the human rights situations in other countries.

More ridiculous is that it argues in a conceited manner that the DPRK's "human rights issue" should be brought to the International Criminal Court.
The International Criminal Court has turned away its face from the human rights situations in the United States and other Western nations long ago and been reduced to a tool for realizing their domination and intervention in the developing countries.

It has never accused or called into question even once the thrice-cursed crimes of the United States and the West that commit invasion, war and human rights violations against the whole world on the pretext of hypocritical "human rights protection" and "counterterrorism," and many countries including African nations spit at, break away one after another from and turn their back on it as it is obsessed with prejudice and unilateralism devoid of impartiality and independence, life of an international organization.

It is preposterous that the United States, which is hell-bent on aggression and human rights abuses across the world by relying on such a figurehead, dares to pick a quarrel with the DPRK, which protects and provides its population with genuine human rights.

The world conscience that values justice and truth strongly demands that the U.S. rulers be put in the dock of the international court and punished severely as class-A war criminals as they have extended the "war on terror" to a 100-year war in the 21st century and committed unheard-of crimes far surpassing Hitler, Mussolini and Tojo who had inflicted the greatest calamity on humankind in the past century.

Are the U.S. ruling circles ready to take off the mask of "human rights judge" and appear before the international court as class-A human rights abusers for shunning international justice, turning the world into a theatre of bloody disputes and riots and plunging it into a vicious cycle of terrorism and retaliation?
Lie cannot last long, and truth will finally come out.

As the sun cannot be covered with the palm of a hand, the United States can by no means cover or deny the reality of the DPRK in which its people enjoy genuine human rights at the highest level as true masters of the state and society, even if it tries to find fault with the latter over the fictitious "human rights issue."
The United States would be well advised to keep in mind that however desperately it resorts to extreme anti-DPRK human rights trickery, it can never hurt the people-centred Korean-style socialism, an ideal land of genuine human rights, and rather hasten its own ignominious ruin. -0-


Japan-S. Korea Agreement on Protecting Military Intelligence Termed Hostile to DPRK

Pyongyang, November 25 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK released a statement on Friday sniping at the agreement on protecting military intelligence concluded between Japan and south Korea despite the unanimous opposition and denunciation of Koreans and other people in the world.

Terming the agreement hastily concluded by Japan and the south Korean puppet forces at the prodding of the U.S. under the absurd pretext of coping with "nuclear and missile threat" from the DPRK an intolerable act hostile to the DPRK, the statement said:
Acute military confrontation and tensions linger on the Korean peninsula due to the hideous moves of the U.S., Japan and other hostile forces against the DPRK.

Against this backdrop, Japan and the south Korean puppet forces concluded an agreement on military cooperation. This will only result in escalating the danger of war on the Korean peninsula as it is an act of the lackeys of the U.S. to do harm to the DPRK, pursuant to the U.S. hostile policy and nuclear threat and blackmail against the DPRK.

The conclusion of the agreement is a blatant challenge to the Korean people and the international community aspiring after peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in the region.
The situation clearly proves that the U.S. and its vassal forces are chiefly to blame for harassing peace and stability and ratcheting up confrontation and tensions.

Through the conclusion of the agreement Japan seeks to pave the way for emerging a military giant and realizing the wild ambition for launching reinvasion and the south Korean puppet regime works hard to tide over the worst-ever ruling crisis.
However, it will only precipitate their self-destruction. -0-


Park Geun Hye Regime's Hastened Conclusion of Agreement on Protecting Military Intelligence with Japan Termed Act of Treachery

Pyongyang, November 17 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee in a statement Thursday denounced the Park Geun Hye group for pressing for the conclusion of an agreement on protecting military intelligence with Japan by taking advantage of the worst-ever chaos created in south Korea due to a hideous political scandal.

On Oct. 27 right after the outbreak of the "scandal of Park Geun Hye and Choe Sun Sil", the south Korean regime of traitors announced that it would resume the negotiations for the conclusion of the above-said agreement. On Nov. 1 and 9 it held technical meetings with descendants of Samurais in Tokyo and Seoul where they agreed on key items of the agreement. On Nov. 14 they again met for the third round of the meeting in Tokyo and initialed the agreement.

This hideous act of treachery aimed to stifle the fellow countrymen in the north in league with the sworn enemy of the nation is a dangerous act of pushing the already tense situation on the Korean peninsula and in the region to the worst phase, the statement said, and continued:
In case the puppet forces and Japan sign the pact on protecting military intelligence, this will further advance the move for the formation of triangular military alliance among the U.S., Japan and south Korea for aggression and the U.S. MD system.

This will also offer the Japanese reactionaries always watching for an opportunity for reinvasion a legal guarantee for taking part in provoking a war against the DPRK, and reduce south Korea into the double colony of the U.S. and Japan and an advanced base for aggression.
Lurking behind the puppet forces' hasty move for the conclusion of the agreement with Japan is their sinister intention to prolong their rule at stake.

Now mounting in south Korea is the anti-"government" struggle of the people in protest against the hideous corruption and scandal of traitor Park Geun Hye unprecedented in history.
At the instigation of the U.S., Japan has now gone desperate to strike the agreement with Park who is little short of a "breathing mummy" before she breathes her last breath.

Park who got herself involved in the conclusion of the treacherous agreement further rattling the nerves of the south Koreans even though her fate is at stake and the U.S. and Japanese masters trying to use Park more dead than alive till the last moment are all betes noires of history.
Park is the top-class trouble-maker who adds to the misfortune and disaster of the nation, the statement said, stressing the need to bring down the group of modern-day "five traitors of 1905" from the posts of power. -0-


DPRK Institute of International Studies Exposes U.S. Nuclear Crimes

Pyongyang, September 26 (KCNA) -- The DPRK Institute of International Studies Monday released a memorandum exposing the nuclear crimes of the U.S. It recalls that the U.S. "Manhattan Plan" and the nuclear disasters inflicted by it on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were aimed at exterminating mankind and using innocent people as guinea pigs, the memorandum noted, and went on:

The U.S. real intention of using nukes was to browbeat the progressives and bring the world to its knees by showing the destructive power of the bombs in the eyes of the world.
The U.S. made no scruple of hatching unethical plots and committing monstrous crimes for establishing an unchallenged monopoly on nukes and making our planet subject to chains of nuclear weapons in a bid to threaten the existence of mankind with nuclear sticks in every part of the world.

The U.S. deployed about 800 nukes in Okinawa, 600 in south Korea, 225 on Guam, 60 in the Philippines and 12 in Taipei, China in 1960, bringing the number of nukes to some 1 700 in total in Asia-Pacific. The number of nukes increased to 3 200 in 1967. The U.S. deployed at least 1 000 nukes in south Korea, in particular, in 1975 and more than 1 720 in 1985, according to the minutes of the "National Assembly" of south Korea in 1985.

In November 1948 Truman laid down "nuclear blackmail strategy" calling for making nuclear strike at the depth of socialist countries. But when the U.S. failed to establish monopoly on nukes, it came out with the doctrine for establishing "world domination with an unchallenged edge of strength" and put forth the "strategy for preempting the operation for containing surrounding countries," the strategy making the Soviet Union and progressive countries in its vicinity targets of attack.

The Korean War which broke out in June 1950 was the first war in which the above-said strategy was put into practice. On November 30, 1950 Truman directly gave the U.S. Strategic Flying Corps an instruction to make preparations for dropping A-bombs. In December MacArthur, commander of the U.S. forces in the Far East, brought an aircraft carrier with A-bombs aboard to the sea off Inchon.

When the U.S. defeat in the Korean War became clear, its warmongers vociferated about "large-scale retaliation strategy". In August 1953 right after the ceasefire the U.S. worked out the top-secret plan 8-53 for massively dropping nuclear bombs in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula and attempted to ignite a nuclear war.

The criminal nature of the U.S. nuclear war policy found the most vivid expression in its nuclear policy towards the DPRK.
When the DPRK-U.S. talks were kicked off, the Clinton Administration made assurance that the latter would neither use nor threaten the DPRK with armed forces including nukes but staged a series of mock nuclear attack drills targeting the DPRK at a military base in North Carolina State from January in 1998.

Bush II totally overturned the October 21, 1994, DPRK-U.S. Agreed Framework and the October 12, 2000, DPRK-U.S. joint communique and listed the DPRK as part of the "axis of evil" and a target of a preemptive nuclear attack upon it.

In the joint statement issued at the six-party talks on Sept. 19. 2005, the U.S. confirmed that there is no intent to attack or invade the DPRK with nukes or conventional weapons but at the annual security consultative meeting with south Korea in 2006 it went in the opposite direction by reiterating its plan to introduce nuclear carriers, nuclear submarines and strategic bombers and other latest nuclear war means in peace times, too.

The Obama administration excluded the DPRK from the object of non-use of nuclear weapons in the "report on nuclear posture review" in April, 2010. In the "quadrennial defense strategy review report" in March, 2014 it openly defined the DPRK as "the country posing a direct threat to it" and undisguisedly cried out for "containing it with nuclear force".

Pursuant to this scenario, the U.S. pushed the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war through the Ulji Freedom Guardian joint military drills with the south Korean warmongers in 2015. It staged the largest-ever Key Resolve and Foal Eagle 16 in March and Ulji Freedom Guardian nuclear war drill in August this year with all type nuclear war means involved. It recently decided to deploy THAAD in south Korea.

As long as the U.S. exists on the earth, the world without nuclear weapons is no more than a daydream and our planet will be in peace only when it is free from its aggression.
Thanks to Juche Korea, nuclear power of independence and justice, mankind's ideal to live independently and peacefully on our planet free from a war will surely come true. -0-


Spokesman for CPRC Derides Park Geun Hye Group's Nonsensical Talk

Pyongyang, September 12 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country (CPRC) of the DPRK gave an answer to the question raised by KCNA Monday blasting the Park Geun Hye group of south Korea for trumpeting about "contingency in the north" in a bid to mislead public opinion.

The statement said that the Park group of traitors is recklessly talking nonsense like psychopaths, utterly fear-stricken by the daily-growing might of the DPRK, adding that this is a ridiculous attitude of political illiterates bereft of elementary commonsense and ability to judge the situation.

As for the defectors from the north who spouted a litany of lies as evidence proving "contingency in the north", they are the despicable criminals who fled to south Korea after betraying the country and their parents and brothers and sisters for fear of facing legal punishment for the serious crimes committed by them.

It is quite natural that such human scum are gathering in such rotten and corrupt south Korean society.
It is south Korea that is facing the danger of collapse of its social system and contingency as the people's resentment and anger are on the verge of eruption due to the Park group's sycophancy, treachery, confrontation with fellow countrymen in the north, fascist dictatorship and unpopular rule.

The plight of the Park group of traitors is so wretched that they are harboring the daydream of "collapse of the north", unaware of their fate like a candle flickering in the wind.

Park Geun Hye and her group can neither properly see nor understand till their doom's day the eye-opening reality of the DPRK fully demonstrating its dignity and might as a nuclear power, socialist power in the East by dint of harmonious whole of the leader, the party and the masses.
The Park group had better properly foresee their miserable fate and stop talking nonsense. -0-


Spokesman for Foreign Ministry Raps Hostile Forces' Moves to Ratchet up Pressure on DPRK over Its SLBM Test-fire

Pyongyang, August 26 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK released the following statement on Friday:
The news of a SLBM test-fire successfully conducted at a higher level by scientists and technicians in the field of national defence of the DPRK came to rock the world. Against this backdrop, undesirable forces are moving to create an atmosphere of putting pressure on the DPRK over the test-fire.

The U.S. and some other countries following it are accusing the DPRK of its SLBM test-fire and an "urgent consultation" concerning it was held at UNSC on Thursday.
The U.S. and its followers, terming the DPRK's test-fire of SLBM that fully demonstrated the nuclear attack capability of Juche Korea "violation of resolutions," brought it up to UNSC for discussion. This is just a hideous provocation reminiscent of the guilty party filing a suit first.

The U.S. staged Key Resolve and Foal Eagle 16 joint military drills only a few months ago, openly talking about "occupying Pyongyang," after bringing hugest-ever nuclear strategic assets and troops to south Korea.

It is now desperately staging joint military drills again to mount a preemptive nuclear attack on the DPRK despite the unanimous denunciation and opposition of all Koreans and the world public.

A touch-and-go situation where a nuclear war may break out any moment is now prevailing on the Korean peninsula due to the war rehearsal. The U.S. outrageous nuclear intimidation only resulted in the steady increase of the DPRK's nuclear attack capability.

The SLBM test-fire which was successfully conducted without any adverse impact on the security of neighboring countries was a vivid manifestation and a striking demonstration of the tremendous power and inexhaustible strength of Juche Korea firmly consolidated in the face of the tempest of history and all challenges by the enemy.

The results of the test-fire proved in actuality that the DPRK joined the front rank of the military powers fully equipped with nuclear attack capability and the U.S. mainland and the operational theatre in the Pacific have come within the striking range of the DPRK, no matter how hard the U.S. tries to deny it.

The service personnel and people of the DPRK would deal merciless blows at the U.S. with nuclear hammers of justice so that nails of injustice may not come out again, once an opportunity is given, now that the DPRK has in place all substantial means capable of standing up against the U.S. nuclear hegemony.

The U.S. rash acts of taking issue with the DPRK's SLBM test-fire will only precipitate its self-destruction. The best way of escaping the deadly strike of the infuriated DPRK is to refrain from hurting its dignity and security with prudence and self-control.
If the U.S. attempts to threaten the dignity and vital rights of the DPRK even a bit despite its solemn warning, it will continue to take one after another epochal action steps it can show as a full-fledged military power. -0-


Park Geun Hye Group's Military Nexus with Japan Assailed

Pyongyang, August 17 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the National Peace Committee of Korea issued a statement Wednesday denouncing the Park Geun Hye group for tightening military nexus with the Japanese reactionaries.

The statement said: The puppet group of traitors has held frequent sordid confabs with Japan defence minister and heads of "Self-Defense Forces" in south Korea from last year under the pretence of discussing ways of "promoting military exchange and friendship". At the "2016 Asia security meeting" in June last and on several other occasions the group agreed in secrecy with Japan to expand to a large extent military "exchange" and "cooperation" including the conclusion of "the agreement on protecting military information", reinforced laying of hotline between defence authorities, visits to military drills and mutual visits to airplanes and warships.

Accordingly, the puppet group allows Japan "Self-Defense Forces" enter south Korean ports while fluttering the "flag of rising sun shedding rays," denounced as a "symbol of Japanese imperialism" and the "flag of a war criminal state", and even holds joint military drills with Japan under the pretext of countering the "north's nuclear and missile threats". It even resumed the puppet naval drilling flotilla's entry into Japanese port which had been suspended for five years in the face of strong protest at home and abroad and is revealing its attempt to hand over to Japan "information concerning north's missiles" with the deployment of THAAD in south Korea as an occasion.

Still remaining un-vented in the minds of the Koreans are wrath and grudge against the Japanese imperialist aggressors who drenched 3 000-ri land with blood shed by Koreans through barbarous manslaughter they committed after putting Korea under their control for nearly half a century.

However, in July the puppet group allowed the Japanese reactionaries to openly hold an event for marking the foundation anniversary of "Self-Defense Forces", the descendants of the Japanese imperialist aggressor forces, in downtown Seoul, and senseless guys of the puppet authorities took part in it. This servile act is an intolerable insult and mockery of all the fellow countrymen.

The Park group's military nexus with Japan is an intolerable act of sycophancy and treachery and a heinous anti-national crime aimed to pave the way for staging a comeback to the Korean peninsula to the Japanese who imposed the long-pent up grudge on the Korean nation and inflict the disaster of war on this land again.

It is clear that the military nexus and conspiracy between the Park group and the Japanese reactionaries being pushed forward at the instigation of the U.S. will lead to triangular military alliance with the U.S. and Japan in the end and thus bring the crisis of war to the Korean peninsula and seriously threaten peace and security in Northeast Asia and the rest of the world.

The Park group's military nexus with the Japanese reactionaries aimed to dare stand against the DPRK is a suicidal act of digging up its own grave.
All the Koreans have to turn out in the nationwide struggle to throw overboard the Park group of traitors, trouble-maker of the nation, as soon as possible, foil the Japanese reactionaries' moves for reinvasion and defend the peace and security of the Korean peninsula. -0-


All Koreans Called upon to Struggle against Park Geun Hye Regime's Moves to Deploy THAAD

Pyongyang, August 13 (KCNA) -- Park Geun Hye of south Korea recently called to Chongwadae lawmakers of Taegu and North Kyongsang Province origin and told them that "if Songju County recommends another site for THAAD, she would examine whether there is a suitable place, instead of the site in the county."

As those of the south Korean puppet Ministry of Defense plunged into a confusion by Park's remarks about "examination of the third place" were busy "confirming" them and even her master U.S. blustered that it would not agree on the third place, Park is finding herself in an awkward position.

A spokesman for the National Peace Committee of Korea in a statement on Saturday says in this regard:
What traitor Park uttered this time is, as commented by the public at home and abroad, little short of her self-acknowledgment of THAAD's critical impact on human health and surrounding environment and serious catastrophic consequences to be entailed by it across south Korea.

There is a saying that an intended crime deserves severer punishment than the crime committed, unaware of it. Traitor Park has left no means untried to introduce THAAD into south Korea by deceiving the public at any cost though she knows that it is good for nothing. Lurking behind this is her ill-minded intention to make all Koreans fall victim to the U.S. policy of aggression.

THAAD is not for protecting the lives of the south Korean people but for shielding the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces present in south Korea and a source of trouble that will only serve the purpose of the U.S. policy of seeking to dominate the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia. This fact can by no means be covered up.

Park would be sadly mistaken if she calculates she can calm down the enraged public including the inhabitants of Songju County with the above-said rhetoric. She cannot but be called a wicked traitor without an equal.

The only solution to the controversial issue of THAAD lies in scrapping the decision to deploy THAAD bringing a nuclear disaster to the south Korean people and in resolutely eliminating the group of traitors that created such danger on behalf of all Koreans, not in "examining the third place."

All Koreans in the north, the south and abroad desirous of peace against war will have to stage a more dynamic struggle to foil the reckless moves of the Park group to deploy THAAD, the thrice-cursed crime challenging the nation and history. -0-


FM Spokesman Denounces U.S. Secretary of State's Reckless Remarks against DPRK

Pyongyang, July 28 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to the question put by KCNA on Thursday as regards the U.S. cunning moves at the ministerial meeting of ASEAN Regional Forum held in Laos to lay the blame for the escalating tension on the Korean peninsula at the door of the former, while taking issue with its self-defensive nuclear deterrent:

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry spouted out foolish remarks that the U.S. has no hostile intent against north Korea at the ministerial meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum on July 26.
Why is the U.S. resorting to reckless saber-rattling, openly vociferating about "beheading operation" and "occupation of Pyongyang" after introducing all kinds of strategic assets into south Korea if it has no hostile intent against the DPRK?

The successive U.S. presidents personally made public appearances and openly included the DPRK, a dignified sovereign state, on the list of preemptive nuclear attack while terming it "part of an axis of evil" and "a country that has to be removed" and cried out for "collapse of system." How can this be understood?

Kerry asserted the joint military exercises have never posed problems and the DPRK-U.S. Agreed Framework was concluded with joint military exercises going on. This is sophism enough to make even a cat laugh.
As he holds the post of the U.S. Secretary of State, he should know the historical facts that once joint military exercises were suspended after the U.S. complied with the demand of the DPRK for it and that those exercises have been one of major causes that made the hard-won DPRK-U.S. agreements go bust.

The U.S. joint military exercises on the Korean peninsula are not attributable to the DPRK's access to nukes but because the U.S. steadily increased nuclear threats while ceaselessly holding war exercises for aggression, the DPRK was compelled to opt for having access to nuclear deterrence and bolster it up.

The true aim sought by the U.S. is to shift the blame for the tension on the Korean peninsula on to the DPRK, secure a pretext for its arms buildup and joint military exercises pursuant to its rebalancing strategy in Asia-Pacific for aggression, and dodge the neighboring countries' protest and criticism of its decision to deploy THAAD in south Korea as an immediate task.

No one can predict what situation the U.S. reckless arms buildup and the upcoming August joint military exercises will create on the Korean peninsula and in its vicinity.
The U.S. frantic hostile policy toward the DPRK will prompt the DPRK to do everything it can to defend its sovereignty and dignity, and the U.S. will be held accountable for all the ensuing consequences. -0-


DPRK FM Briefs Asian Diplomatic Envoys on Situation

Pyongyang, July 19 (KCNA) -- The Foreign Ministry of the DPRK Monday briefed Asian diplomatic envoys here on the situation as regards the presidential statement adopted at the recent Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit which seriously distorted the essence of the issue of the Korean peninsula.

Present at the meeting were Vietnamese, Lao, Cambodian and Malaysian ambassadors to the DPRK and charges d'affaires ad interim of the Mongolian, Indonesian, Iranian, Indian and Pakistani embassies here.

Choe Hui Chol, director general of the Asian and Oceanian Department of the ministry, clarified the principled stand on the above-said presidential statement adopted at ASEM.
He recalled that the situation on the Korean peninsula and in the rest of Northeast Asia is inching close to the brink of a war owing to the U.S. ceaseless introduction of strategic assets including the decision to deploy THAAD in south Korea and the entry of the nuclear-powered submarine Ohio into Pusan Port. However, the adoption of the presidential statement is the reckless action of seriously distorting the reality and following the U.S. extreme hostile policy toward the DPRK, Choe said, and went on:

Some regional countries still have wrong views that the DPRK's nuclear deterrence for self-defence is the root cause of escalating tensions on the peninsula and the problem can be solved only when the DPRK exercises "self-restraint."

Guaranteeing peace on the peninsula is a vital and pressing issue for the DPRK as it is directing all efforts to economic development for building a powerful socialist country. However, such heinous hostile policy of the U.S. toward the DPRK as malignantly hurting even the dignity of its supreme leadership compels it to take a series of multi-phase measures to bolster up its nuclear deterrent. The DPRK will as ever take physical measures to protect its sovereignty and vital rights on a routine basis.

Choe called on Asian countries to face up to the essence of the present situation and do things helpful to ensuring peace and stability on the peninsula, neither reading others' faces nor dancing to the tune of someone, at the ASEAN regional ministerial conference to be held in Laos.
Diplomatic envoys of Asian countries expressed deep concern over the situation on the peninsula being pushed to the uncontrollable phase owing to the U.S. moves to bolster up its strategic assets and heinous hostile policy toward the DPRK and shared the view that sticking to the fair stand as regards the Korean peninsula issue would be helpful to its settlement. -0-


Conclusion of a U.S.-North Korea peace agreement the most pressing issue

DPRK's Institute For American Studies calls for peace agreement without denuclearization

By Ri Yong Phil, July 4th, 2016

The following is a contribution from the DPRK¡¯s Institute For American Studies. The views expressed here are not those of NK News. Original title: ¡°Conclusion of a peace agreement is the most pressing issue to be settled down,¡± edited for brevity.

As well known, Northeast Asia is a very sensitive region in geo-political terms in which there exists fierce competition between world powers as well as long-running, serious disputes and confrontation structures in terms of territorial and historical issues. On top of it, the Korean Peninsula, which is yet to see an end to the war and is faced with risk of war all the time, has become the world¡¯s biggest hotspot.

The Armistice Agreement (AA) was concluded in the 1950s to bring the 3 year Korean war to a halt. Armistice is not meant as a once-and -for-all end to the war, but a temporal cease-fire. Ever since then, for more than 60 years, an unstable cease-fire situation has prevailed over the Korean peninsula, which is neither in a state of war nor peace.

The above mentioned 60 year history should not be simply regarded as the one of maintenance or sustenance of the AA. It is the history in which the U.S., the belligerent party and the world¡¯s nuclear power, has kept threatening the DPRK, the other warring party with its nuclear arsenal and aggressor forces. It is also the history in which the DPRK has safeguarded its national sovereignty and right to existence with its self-defensive counter measures.

The U.S.¡¯s persistent nuclear threats pushed the DPRK to join the advanced ranks of the nuclear weapons states and accordingly, turned the belligerent relations between the DPRK and the U.S. into one between nuclear powers. Times have changed and so has the DPRK¡¯s strategic status.

The DPRK¡¯s successful test-fire of the surface-to-surface intermediate strategic ballistic rocket ¡°Hwasong-10¡± is a clear declaration that the U.S.¡¯s unilateral nuclear threats to the DPRK has come to the end. The powerful DPRK, which has even possessed the H-bomb, displays its might as a full-fledged, responsible nuclear weapons state which is striving for just international order while deterring the U.S.¡¯s nuclear threats, blackmailing, high-handedness and arbitrariness.

Today, the belligerent relations between the DPRK and the U.S. has fundamentally transmuted and the strategic structure in northeast Asia surrounding the Korean peninsula has also dramatically changed. Such a reality requires the replacement of the AA with the peace agreement and establishment of the long-lasting peace-keeping regime more urgently than ever.

PEACE AGREEMENT AND CONFIDENCE-BUILDING

Recently at several multilateral stages such as the ¡°Ulaanbaatar Dialogue on NEA security¡± and ¡°North East Asia Cooperation Dialogue?, some argued that it could be desirable for both the DPRK and the U.S. to take confidence-building measures first as the perspective on the conclusion of peace agreement seems far-off.

In confidence building efforts, it is prerequisite for the parties concerned to forge mutual trust that they could peacefully co-exist and cooperate to achieve co-prosperity. It is the most basic and fundamental factor in confidence building to have trust in the other party¡¯s will for peaceful co-existence. Without trust that relevant party would neither invade nor do harm to the other party, it is unthinkable to build confidence among parties.

The DPRK¡¯s successful test-fire of the surface-to-surface intermediate strategic ballistic rocket ¡®Hwasong-10¡Ç is a clear declaration that the U.S.¡¯s unilateral nuclear threats to the DPRK has come to the end.
It is the first and foremost issue in confidence building on the Korean peninsula that the DPRK and the U.S. should conclude the peace agreement in order to put a definite end to the state of war. The conclusion of a peace agreement presents itself as an urgent matter to be tackled without delay in the light of the present situation on the peninsula where a war may break out at any moment due to the nullification of the Korean Armistice Agreement (AA).

The AA was adopted as an international legal document which envisaged the establishment of lasting peace-keeping mechanism on the Korean Peninsula, not a temporary halt to belligerence. However, the U.S. has desperately blocked the peaceful settlement of the Korean issue while reinforcing aggressor forces in South Korea and introducing all sorts of war hardware including mass destructive weapons into South Korea from abroad in systematic violation of the AA.

The AA was nullified a long time ago due to the U.S.¡¯s persistent violations and consequently, the relation between the DPRK and the U.S. turned into de facto belligerent state of war from the mere technical one. The current belligerent relationship between the DPRK and the U.S. on the Korean peninsula is no longer the same with the previous one where the DPRK confronted the nuclear arms of the U.S. with rifles.

It is now the belligerent relation between the nuclear-armed states. At the 7th Congress of the Worker?s Party of Korea, DPRK¡¯s supreme leader Kim Jong Un clarified that the U.S. should roll back its anachronistic hostile policy towards the DPRK and replace the AA with the peace agreement with clear understanding of the strategic status of the DPRK, which has proudly joined the advanced ranks of nuclear weapons states and general tendency of the times.

The stand of the DPRK government and people remains unchanged to put an end to the state of war on the legal basis and to establish lasting peace-keeping mechanisms on the Korean peninsula on the legal basis by signing the peace agreement with the US.

However, if the U.S. persistently sidesteps the DPRK¡¯s demand for the conclusion of a peace agreement and keeps posing extreme nuclear threats, the DPRK would physically root out the war state on the Korean peninsula with the powerful nuclear deterrent. It is urgent requirement coming from the grave situation of Korean peninsula ? the world¡¯s biggest hotspot and the site of showdown between nuclear powers ? to conclude the peace agreement and establish durable peace keeping regime.

The AA was nullified a long time ago due to the U.S.¡¯s persistent violations

Conclusion of a peace agreement is a prerequisite for the sake of legal and institutional guarantees and groundwork for confidence building between the DPRK and the U.S. as well. A string of agreements had been made between the DPRK and the U.S. in the past through negotiations on confidence building measures. However, those measures remain unimplemented due to the absence of legal groundwork to guarantee its implementation and in particular, due to the U.S.¡¯s persistent hostile policy toward the DPRK.

Legal and institutional guarantee is also required to prevent any possible nullification of agreements between parties caused by every change of the U.S. administrations. It is a good example that Agreed Framework under the Clinton administration and some measures taken by both parties became nullified and went in vain as new Bush administration vilified the DPRK as an ¡°axis of evil¡± and designated it as the target of a nuclear preemptive attack.

The establishment of institutional mechanism for peaceful co-existence legally backed by the conclusion of a peace agreement would make it possible for both parties to agree on and implement practical measures for confidence building, based on trust in each other¡¯s will for peaceful co-existence.

THE DPRK¡¯S SUSTAINED EFFORTS FOR THE CONCLUSION OF A PEACE AGREEMENT

Since the conclusion of the AA, the U.S., the world¡¯s nuclear power, has been threatening the DPRK¡¯s sovereignty and its right to live while blocking the latter¡¯s economic construction for peaceful development.
The Korean peninsula is located at a strategic stronghold in northeast Asia. If military confrontation and conflict continue to prevail and eventually a war break out here, it would, in turn, plunge the situation on the whole area of NEA into extreme tension and could be a fuse of a nuclear war worldwide.

Conclusion of a peace agreement is a prerequisite for the sake of legal and institutional guarantees.
The DPRK has made sincere efforts to get a peace agreement concluded, out of long-cherished desire to put an end to the state of war and achieve peaceful development free from any serious threat as well as its responsibility of defending peace and security on the Korean peninsula and NEA.

However, the U.S. systematically violated core provisions of the AA such as Paragraph 60, which stipulates the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Korea and the peaceful and fundamental settlement of the Korean issue by the concerted efforts of the Koreans. The AA, which should serve as a clear legal ground for concluding a peace agreement, was nullified by the U.S. in less than one year¡¯s time after it was signed.

In response to the U.S.¡¯s breach of the AA and ever-increasing danger of war, the DPRK repeatedly proposed the conclusion of a peace agreement on various occasions. The DPRK made such proposals to the U.S. and parties concerned in April, 1956 and to the U.S. congress in March, 1974. As the cease fire regime turned out to be no longer in effect due to the U.S., in early the 1990¡¯s the DPRK repeatedly proposed talks on the establishment of a new peace regime and in 1996, initiated the conclusion of a provisional agreement to be replaced with the AA in order to prevent armed conflict between two parties.

It again proposed talks on a peace agreement to the AA signatories in January, 2010 on the occasion of 60th anniversary of the outbreak of Korean war. The DPRK proposed talks again on a peace agreement at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly and on various other occasions, as required by the dramatically changed recent situation on the peninsula.
Nonetheless, our fair proposals and sincere efforts have led nowhere so far due to the challenge and opposition of the U.S. who is a main party concerned and holds the actual commanding power over the military in South Korea.

THE U.S.¡¯ AIM OF SIDESTEPPING A PEACE AGREEMENT WITH THE DPRK

Since the 1950¡¯s the U.S. administrations have persistently refused to respond to the DPRK¡¯s fair proposal for the conclusion of a peace agreement and the establishment of a durable peace-keeping regime on the Korean peninsula and resorted to its war manoeuvre and escalation of tensions. It is rooted in the U.S.¡¯s hostile policy towards the DPRK and its strategy for domination of the world.

The U.S.¡¯s noisy fuss about the DPRK¡¯s alleged threat is none other than a mean excuse for justifying its hostile policy and ambition for dominating the world. The U.S. has enforced an aggressive hostile policy towards the DPRK across the spectrum of politics, economy and military from the outset of the latter¡¯s founding.

The U.S. has denied recognizing the DPRK as a sovereign state because the latter has a different political system from its own one. It has imposed various economic sanctions on the DPRK to block its development and today those sanctions have become all the tougher to the full extent to bring down the DPRK¡¯s system.

In military terms, the U.S. stations its aggressor forces of around 28,000 in South Korea, and worse still, it has kept threatening the DPRK with nukes by way of calling in all sorts of strategic assets in and around the peninsula. In recent days, the U.S. is driving the situation of the Korean peninsula to the brink of an outbreak of a nuclear war by openly conducting a ¡°precision air raid operation¡± aimed at scorching down the nuclear facilities and nuclear arsenal of the DPRK while introducing its strategic assets into South Korea such as nuclear-powered submarine ¡°Mississippi¡± and a formation of nuclear strategic bombers B-52H.

The U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises against the DPRK are provocative and intrusion-oriented and as such, are most vivid and specific evidence of a hostile policy towards the DPRK. The U.S. seeks to justify those exercises as annual and defensive ones, but no country will overlook its warring party¡¯s military exercises taking place before its eyes.

This year, the U.S. staged ¡°The Key Resolve and Foal Eagle 16¡± joint military exercises on the largest-ever scale with utmost hostility to the DPRK. Those exercises involved strategic assets and huge forces enough to fight a full war and an extremely adventurous ¡°operational plan 5015¡± ? an integration of different operational plans such as the ¡°decapitation raid operation¡±, a ¡°precision strike drill¡± and the ¡°operation of storming Pyongyang¡± targeted at our supreme leadership was launched under the simulation of an actual war.

The U.S.¡¯s persistent denial of the conclusion of a peace agreement with the DPRK is also prompted by its ulterior ambition for domination over the world through holding hegemony over Asia. It is believed that the U.S. estimates that relaxation of the situation and subsequent advent of peace on the Korean peninsula would make it lose a good excuse for its military presence and reinforcement of forces in the region and it would lead to having adverse implications for reining in big powers in the vicinity of the Korean peninsula.

For this reason, the U.S. categorically denies concluding a peace agreement and seeks to intentionally strain the situation on the Korean peninsula in an attempt to reinforce its justification for restraining and gaining military superiority over big powers in the region. The US exercised a Missile Warning joint drill, the first of its kind off Hawaii together with Japan and South Korea in late June this year under the pretext of protecting against the DPRK¡¯s missile attack.

It clearly reveals the U.S.¡¯s desperate attempt to lay the groundwork for forging a tripartite military alliance by pushing South Korea to join the U.S.-Japan Missile Defense system and to rationalize its THAAD deployment plan and gain the upper-hand militarily in the region.

It is the U.S.¡¯s real intention to contain the military expansion of China and undermine the strategic balance with Russia through the staged establishment of a Missile Defense System in East Asia as it did in Europe and formulation of an Asian version of NATO built on the tripartite military alliance of the U.S., Japan and south Korea.

The U.S.¡¯s claim that denuclearization should take precedence over a talk on a peace agreement is nothing but a mean trick to conceal its deep-rooted hostile policy towards the DPRK and its ambition for domination over the world. The issue of conclusion of a peace agreement between the DPRK and the U.S. is not a new one raised recently and the belligerent relationship between the DPRK and the U.S. was not spawned by the former¡¯s nuclear deterrent. It is well known that the DPRK has called for its conclusion long before its access to a nuclear deterrent force.

It dates back to the post war time in 1950¡¯s that the DPRK raised the issue with the U.S. and the international community. Thanks to the DPRK¡¯s proactive and stubborn efforts, a resolution was adopted at the 30th session of UN General Assembly which called for withdrawal of all foreign troops out of south Korea and conclusion of peace agreement between the DPRK and the U.S. However, it has not been implemented yet due to the U.S.¡¯s desperate opposition. Some argues that ¡°simultaneous discussion¡± on the peace agreement and denuclearization could be a fresh solution to breaking the existing deadlock.

It is the U.S.¡¯s real intention to contain the military expansion of China
But, it is an impracticable theory drawn from negligence of history and essence of confrontation between the DPRK and the U.S. A ¡°simultaneous discussion? formula is the failed one tried in previous dialogues long before the DPRK has become a full-fledged nuclear weapons state as of today.

Six parties had already tried simultaneous discussion on the issues of peace agreement and denuclearization in the 2000¡¯s, but those efforts ended up with failure because of the belligerent relationship between the DPRK and the U.S. and ever-increasing U.S. hostile policy towards the DPRK. As vividly demonstrated to the world, the DPRK has proudly joined the advanced ranks of nuclear powers today. The DPRK¡¯s access to nuclear weapons is the outcome of U.S. hostile policy and it is not intended for a political bargaining chip or an economic deal to be put on the table of dialogue or negotiations.

Conclusion of a peace agreement could be the first step in terms of withdrawal of U.S. hostile policy towards the DPRK, but never be the last step. Even if the state of war comes to an end through the conclusion of a peace agreement, dangers of a nuclear war could not be eradicated completely as long as the U.S. hostile policy and its ambition for world domination remain unchanged.

The DPRK¡¯s nuclear deterrence should be considered in the context of complete withdrawal of the U.S. hostile policy and global denuclearization. It is unthinkable to place in parallel the DPRK¡¯s nuclear deterrence and a peace agreement which is long overdue. The DPRK¡¯s access to a nuclear deterrent force shall never be any kind of bargaining chip unless the U.S. hostile policy fundamentally comes to an end.

How to approach the peace agreement is a touchstone to distinguish the peace-loving forces from trigger-happy ones. Once a legal guarantee for peaceful co-existence between the DPRK and the U.S. is provided by the conclusion of a peace agreement, not only the DPRK-U.S. relations but also issues of DPRK-Japan and the North and the South relations could be resolved.

The supreme leader Kim Jong Un said the DPRK would improve and normalize relations with countries that respect its sovereignty and be friendly with the DPRK even if they were in hostile relations with the DPRK in the past. If the U.S. rolls back its hostile policy towards the DPRK and makes a bold decision to conclude a peace agreement without any excuse or precondition, then the DPRK-U.S. relationship could mark dramatic improvement on the basis of trust and it will give impetus to confidence building efforts in NEA.