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Joint Statement of U.S. Civil Society Groups in Support of the Current Peace Process in Korea

December 6, 2018

2018 has been a year of historic change on the Korean Peninsula. The leaders of North and South Korea met three times, and President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un also held their first summit in Singapore in June. South Korean President Moon Jae-in has invited Chairman Kim to visit South Korea, and President Trump has expressed willingness to meet Chairman Kim in a second summit. We welcome these positive developments for permanent peace in Korea.

In particular, we support the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration and the September 19 Pyongyang Joint Declaration signed between the leaders of South and North Korea, as well as the June 12 Singapore Summit Joint Statement signed between the leaders of the United States and North Korea.

These agreements lessen the danger of war on the Korean Peninsula and create a foundation for a lasting and stable peace regime. The Panmunjom and Pyongyang Declarations signed between the two Koreas opened the door to family reunions, civil society engagement, and concrete steps towards demilitarization. Likewise, the Singapore Joint Statement emphasized the ¡°establishment of new U.S.-DPRK relations,¡± away from war and hostility towards normal diplomatic recognition. We applaud the leaders of South Korea, North Korea and the United States, who, on the brink of nuclear war last year, boldly chose the path toward peace.

As concrete steps in the spirit of the Singapore Joint Statement, North Korea has:
Suspended its nuclear and missile tests,
including destroying the Punggye-ri nuclear test site and inviting outside inspectors to verify that it has been destroyed;
-Agreed to ¡°permanently dismantle the Dongchang-ri missile engine test site and launch platform under the observation of experts,¡± as well as dismantle its nuclear facilities in Yongbyon if ¡°the United States takes corresponding measures¡±; and -Returned the remains of fifty-five U.S. servicemen who had died there during the Korean War of 1950-1953.

On the other hand, the United States, thus far, has:
Temporarily suspended major war drills with the South Korean military.

While commendable, this U.S. action is insufficient to sustain the normalization process.
In line with the important steps North Korea has taken toward peace and denuclearization and in support of unprecedented peace-building engagement between North and South Korea - demilitarization of the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom, preparations to reconnect highways and railroad lines across the DMZ, and the establishment of a joint liaison office in the northern city of Kaesong - we urge the U.S. government to take the following steps as further confidence-building measures with North Korea:

1) Issue a joint declaration to end the Korean War and negotiate a Peace Treaty to replace the outdated and broken Armistice Agreement. The continuing state of war on the Korean Peninsula is at the root of recurring war threats in Korea. In the Panmunjom Joint Declaration, the two Korean leaders declared as follows:

During this year that marks the 65th anniversary of the Armistice, South and North Korea agreed to actively pursue trilateral meetings involving the two Koreas and the United States, or quadrilateral meetings involving the two Koreas, the United States and China with a view to declaring an end to the war and establishing a permanent and solid peace regime.

Ahead of another summit with North Korea, the United States should commit to declaring an end to the Korean War and demonstrate a willingness to pursue a formal Peace Treaty. Only a genuine and verifiable Peace Treaty between the main parties to the Korean War and the Armistice Agreement can drastically reduce the risk of nuclear and conventional war in Korea. It is the foundation for lasting and stable peace on the Korean Peninsula.

2) Lift broad-based U.S. sanctions against North Korea that harm the most vulnerable and ordinary Koreans as a concrete step toward establishing ¡°new U.S.-DPRK relations.¡± Further, halt international pressure campaigns to isolate North Korea as this is contrary to the spirit of the Singapore Joint Declaration.

3) Lift the travel ban on U.S.citizens from visiting North Korea. The ban blocks U.S. humanitarian aid projects in North Korea, impedes people-to-people exchanges, and prevents thousands of Korean-Americans, who have family members in North Korea, from visiting them.

4) Establish a liaison office in Pyongyang to facilitate diplomatic engagement between the two countries towards mutual trust and understanding.

Signed,

Endorsing U.S. Organizations (In alphabetical order, Total 133)

416 Global Networks,San Diego
416 Human Rights & Peace Global Network
6.15 West Cost Committee
615 U.S. Midwest Committee
615 U.S. Seattle Committee
Action One Korea (AOK)
Alliance for Global Justice
American Friends Service Committee
Atlanta SaSaSe
Baltimore Nonviolence Center
Brooklyn For Peace
Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security
Center for Human Rights & International Justice, Boston College
Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation
Chicagoans in Solidarity with Sewol Ferry Victims and Families
Citizen for Equality Peace And Liberation
Coalition for Peace Action
Coalition of Civic Action for Cheonahnham¡¯s Truth in U.S.A.
Coalition of Koreans in America
Codepink
Community Organizing Center
Concerned Citizens for Change
Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety
D.C. Methodist Church
Deoham Korean American Community Church
Environmentalists Against War
FCNL Peterborough Advocacy Team
Fight For Voter¡¯s Rights(F4VR)
FreedomTrainers
GABRIELA USA
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
Good Friends USA
Granny Peace Brigade, New York
Greater Brunswick PeaceWorks
Green Party of the United States Peace Action Committee
Hawai'i Peace and Justice
HOBAK (Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans)
Hope Coalition of New York
Houston Sewol HAMBI
INOCHI/NoWarWithNorthKorea.org
Institute for 21st Century International Relations
International Action Center
Kaua`i Alliance for Peace and Social Justice
Kazakh Foundation
Korea Culture & Heritage Society of LA
Korea Culture & Heritage Society of NY
Korea is One
Korea Peace & Unification Action of Boston
Korea Policy Institute
Korean American Alliance for Peace on the Korean Peninsula
Korean American Civic Action Atlanta
Korean American National Coordinating Council
Korean Americans for Social Justice - Chicago
Korean Book Club of Riverside
Korean Peace Alliance
LA SASASE
LEPOCO Peace Center (Lehigh-Pocono Committee of Concern)
Maine Green Independent Party
Maine War Tax Resistance Resource Center
Malu 'Aina Center for Nonviolent Education & Action
Massachusetts Peace Action
Maui Peace Action
Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office
Military Families Speak Out
minjok.com
Minjung Solidarity of New York
Missy 100
Mundo Obrero / Workers World Party
Muslim Peace Fellowship
NANUM Corean Cultural Center
National Association of Korean Americans
National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy
National Institute of Hahm Seokhon Philosophy, DC, Indianapolis, NY, Hahm Seokhon Peace Center
Network for Peace and Unification in USA
New Hampshire Peace Action
New Hampshire Veterans for Peace
New Jersey Peace Action
New York Campaign for Peace in Korea
NJ Sewol Truth Seekers
Nodutdol for Korean Community Development
North Carolina Peace Action
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Ohana Ho`opakele
One Corea Now
One Heart for Justice
Out of My ultari Now
Oversea Supprers Korean School in Japan
Pan-Korean Alliance for Reunification in USA
Party for Socialism and Liberation - New Hampshire Peace & Prostirity Forum
Peace Action
Peace Action Maine
Peace Action Michigan
Peace Action New York State
Peace Action Wisconsin
Peace21.org
Peaceworkers
Peoples Budget Campaign
Philadelphia Committee for Peace and Justice in Asia
Popular Resistance
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Presbyterian Peace Network for Korea
PressArirang.org
Progressive Asian Network for Action (PANA)
Rainbow PUSH Coalition
Resources for Organizing and Social Change
S.F. Rohjjang lovers
Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network
San Diego Central Committee of the Peace and Freedom Party of California
SD SASASE
Seattle Evergreen Coalition
SolidarityINFOService
Support Committee for Korean Prisoners of Conscience in U.S.
The Moon keeper in America
The Peace Committee of the Korean Association of the United Methodist Church
The Peace Farm
The United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society
TRACE Collective (Transracial Adoptees Creating Empowerment)
Tri-Valley CAREs
United for Justice with Peace Boston
United for Peace and Justice
United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee
US Peace Council
Veterans For Peace
Veterans For Peace - NYC Chapter 034
War Prevention Initiative Washington DC Remembers Sewol
Western States Legal Foundation
Women Against War
Women Cross DMZ
Woori Madang Chicago
World BEYOND War
Young Korean Academy of New York

Overseas Organizations (In alphabetical order, Total 19)

416 Canlelights JKT
416 Global Networks
416 Global Networks - Ottawa
416 Global Networks - Toronto
416 Network Paris
Edmonton Hope Network
Gangjeong UK
Ireland Candlelight Action
June 15 Joint Oceania Committee For One COREA
Korean New Zealanders for a Better Future
National Institute of Hahm Seokhon Philosophy, London, UK headquarters
PEN International San Miguel Center, Mexico
Pika
RemeberingSewol UK
Remenbering Sewol Germany (NRW)
SASASE OTTAWA
Solidarity of Korean People in Europe
STOP the War Coalition Philippines
Vienna Culture Factory

Individuals (Organizational affiliation for identification purpose, Total 59)

Ann Wright, Retired U.S. Army Colonel, Veterans for Peace
Ayumi Temlock, New Jersey Peace Action
Barbara Nielsen, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, United States Section
Bok-dong Yoon, Korean Adoptees of Hawai'i
Bonnie J Ruggiero, Elder, Presbyterian Church USA
Caleb Carman, Bard College
Carolyn Cicciu, New Hampshire Peace Action
Charles Ryu, Pastor, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Middletown, New York
Choon Shik Lim, Regional Liaison for East Asia, Presbyterian Church USA
Christine A. DeTroy, Women's Intenational League for Peace & Freedom, Maine Branch
Clara Lee, PhD student, University of Colorado Boulder
Danielle Saint Louis, Executive Director, Brooklyn Zen Center
Debbie Kim, Gangjeong UK
Debbie Leighton, Women¡¯s International League for Peace and Freedom
Diane Nahas, LaGuardia Community College
Donna San Antonio, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology, Lesley University
Frederick Carriere, Research Professor, Syracuse University
Gar Smith, Co-founder, Environmentalists Against War
Garrett Walker, Party for Socialism and Liberation, New Hampshire
Haeinn Woo, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hwanhee Kim, George Washington University
Jacquelyn Wells, Entrepreneur/Artist, Oohjacquelina
Jacqui Deveneau, Senior Advisor, Maine Green Independent Party
James Nordlund, Communications Director, National Action Network, Kansas
Joan Roelofs, New Hampshire Peace Action
John Arnold, Alliance for Global Justice
John Bernard, Maine People's Alliance
John Feffer, Director of Foreign Policy in Focus, Institute for Policy Studies
John MacDougall, Veterans for Peace
John Raby, Nuclear weapons Working Group of New Hampshire
Joyce Bressier, Stony Point Center/Community of Living Traditons
Judith Bello, United National Antiwar Coalition
Katherine Griswold, Presbyterian Church USA
Kilsang Yoon, President, Korean American National Coordinating Council
Lawrence Wittner, Professor of History Emeritus, State University of New York/Albany
Leif Rasmusen, Student, Point Arena High School
Lindis Percy, Co-Founder, Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases
Liza Maza, Chairperson Emerita, GABRIELA, Women¡¯s alliance Phils.
Marcus Christian Hansen, Board member, New Hampshire Peace Action
Martha Bartlett, Presbyterian Church USA
Martha Spiess, Chair, Peace Action Maine
Michael Eisenscher, National Coordinator Emeritus, U.S. Labor Against the War
Mike Hearington, Veterans for Peace
Ngovi KITAU, First Kenyan Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (2009-2014)
Noam Chomsky, Professor, University of Arizona
Pamela Richard, Peace Action Wisconsin
Paul Shannon, Co-coordinator, Peoples Budget Campaign
Pete Shimazaki Doktor, Hawai¡¯i Okinawa Alliance
Rajendra Sahai, Institute for Critical Study of Society
Reverend Jesse L Jackson Sr, Founder and President of Rainbow PUSH Coalition
Roger Leisner, Women in Black
Seri Lee, Chicago Organizer, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
Sofia Woman, Northeast Regional Executive Committee Member, American Friends Service Committee
Sungju Park-Kang, Adjunct Professor, University of Turku, Finland
Tae Lim, PhD student, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Theodore Wilcox, Peace Action and Education
Unzu Lee, Co-convener, Presbyterian Peace Network for Korea
William H. Slavick, Pax Christi Maine
Young Han, Dr. Of Ministry Candidate, Claremont School of Theology


Joint Appeal of Meeting for National Reunification Issued

Pyongyang, October 6 (KCNA) -- A joint appeal of the meeting for national reunification marking the 11th anniversary of the publication of the October 4 declaration was released on Friday.
The appeal said 11 years have passed since the top leaders of the north and the south signed the October 4 declaration for the development of the north-south relations, peace and prosperity, a practical proposal for implementing the historic June 15 joint declaration.

The historic Panmunjom declaration and the "September Pyongyang Joint Declaration" are the shining succession to the June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration, and serve as a new landmark for reunification common to the nation for making epochal development of the north-south relations and bringing earlier the future of peaceful reunification, as desired by all fellow countrymen for reunification and demanded by the new era, it noted.

It called upon all the Koreans as follows in reflection of the firm will to thoroughly carry out the historic Panmunjom declaration and the "September Pyongyang Joint Declaration" and further accelerate the advance of the Koreans toward signal progress in the north-south relations, peace and prosperity:

1. Let's continue to advance the new era of peace and prosperity in which the destiny of our nation is decided by ourselves, and make a new history!

Let's face and approach all the issues arising in realizing peace, prosperity and reunification of the country from the viewpoint and stand of prioritizing, valuing and respecting the nation!

2. Let's put a complete end to the danger of a war on this land and turn our land into the peaceful one without nuclear weapons and nuclear threats!

Let's strictly abide by and implement the military agreement for implementing the Panmunjom declaration and "September Pyongyang Joint Declaration" and thus turn the 3,000-ri land into the zone of lasting peace!

3. Let's invigorate multi-faceted cooperation, exchange, contacts and visits between the north and the south and thus achieve common prosperity of the nation!

Let's promptly resolve humanitarian problems caused by national division and have the grudge of the separated families and relatives settled!

Let us host events common to the nation involving the authorities of the north and the south, political parties, organizations and personages of various social standings at home and abroad on the days significant both to the north and the south and demonstrate to the whole world the strong will of the Koreans for reunification!

Let the north and the south jointly commemorate the 100th anniversary of the March 1 Popular Uprising, the nation-wide patriotic struggle which is holding a brilliant place in the Koreans' history of the anti-Japanese struggle, and thus demonstrate once again the indomitable spirit of our nation!

Let the north and the south take part together in international sports games and cultural and art festivals and thus demonstrate to the whole world the wisdom, skills and unity of the nation!

4. Let all Koreans pool wisdom and efforts to firmly preserve and implement the Panmunjom declaration and the "September Pyongyang Joint Declaration"!

Let all Koreans in the north, the south and abroad tangibly contribute to the implementation of the north-south declaration by acting in concert with the same intention, bearing in mind that the future of the nation is ensured by the thorough implementation of the Panmunjom declaration and the "September Pyongyang Joint Declaration"!

The appeal called upon all Koreans to proudly write a new history of peace, prosperity and reunification by thoroughly implementing the historic Panmunjom declaration and the "September Pyongyang Joint Declaration." -0-


S. Korean Conservative Groups' Traitorous Crimes Denounced

Pyongyang, August 27 (KCNA) -- The Reunification Information Department of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country of the DPRK issued an indictment Monday disclosing the traitorous crimes of the south Korean conservative forces who have blocked the national reconciliation and unity and reunification in wanton violation of the agreements common to the nation, agreements that have commanded full support by all the Koreans and the international community.

The indictment said that the conservative group of traitors is the chieftain that blocked reunification as they reneged on the July 4 joint statement that was adopted and made public in early 1970s.
It noted that the Park Chung-Hee military fascist junta and the coteries of the "Democratic Republican Party" of south Korea totally rejected the joint statement as their confrontation system was shaken to the very foundation with the mounting of the spirit for national unity and reunification nationwide occasioned by the publication of the July 4 joint statement.

It pointed out that the Park Chung-Hee military fascist clique forged "yusin" dictatorial system after declaring "emergency martial law" in October, 1972 under the excuse of "supporting peaceful reunification".
On June 23, the next year, they pushed into a total stalemate the phase for dialogue between the north and the south that was provided with much efforts, by making public the "special statement on diplomatic policy for peace and reunification" the core of which was making the permanent division of the Korean peninsula a policy, it charged.

It said that the group of traitors challenged the June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration.
It noted that the publication of the June 15 joint declaration in June, 2000 opened up a new turning phase in improving the north-south relations and realizing the cause for national reunification and this ushered in the June 15 era, the new era of independent reunification, peace and prosperity in the history of the Korean nation.

It charged that the group of conservatives made a far-fetched assertion that the joint declaration has to be abolished, saying that its implementation may lead to the "withdrawal of the U.S. forces" and "it is little short of making concession to the liberal democratic system and accepting the north's system of the Federal Republic of Koryo".

By terming the dialogue, contacts and cooperation undertakings between the north and the south for implementing the June 15 joint declaration a "drain on resources", it put a brake on every try for the implementation, the indictment said.
It noted that the traitorous and anti-reunification nature of the conservative group of traitors has been fully revealed in their acts of viciously slandering the Pyongyang summit between the top leaders of the north and the south and the October 4 declaration in October 2007 and blocking its implementation.

It said that the conservative forces' confrontation frenzy to do away with the June 15 era of reunification and totally derail the north-south relations reached the zenith in the periods when traitors Lee Myung Bak and Park Geun Hye took power.
It pointed out that the Lee Myung Bak group blocked one by one the north-south dialogue and cooperation after declaring "no nukes, opening and 3,000 dollars" as "north policy".

In the wake of unilaterally suspending tour of Mt Kumgang, it fabricated the case of Cheonan warship sinking case and with that as a pretext took "May 24 measure", thereby fundamentally blocking all the cooperation projects between the north and the south, the indictment noted.

The Park Geun Hye group of traitors worked out confrontation declarations like "confidence building process on the Korean peninsula" and "Dresden Declaration", openly revealing its ambition for confrontation between social systems, it stated.
It said that the Park group totally shut down the Kaesong Industrial Zone, the product of the June 15 era and the last lifeline of the north-south ties, and severed all the channels of contacts and visits between the north and the south that had been barely maintained.

The indictment denounced the conservative group of traitors as vicious fanatics blocking the implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration, adding:
It was an auspicious event to be specially recorded in the history of the movement for national reunification of the Korean nation that the north-south summit was held and the "Panmunjom Declaration for peace, prosperity and reunification of the Korean peninsula" was published in Panmunjom on April 27.

But the conservative group of traitors that had categorically stood against the national reconciliation, unity and reunification rejected again the implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration.
The coteries of the "Liberal Korea Party" slandered the Panmunjom Declaration as a "camouflaged peace show" and "declaration written by the north" following the north-south summit and the publication of the Panmunjom declaration.

When the fourth north-south summit and talks were held all of a sudden on May 26, the group also went wild, saying that "south-north negotiations without the dismantlement of nuclear weapons is an enemy-benefiting act" and "it is a gesture to evade sanctions by the international community".

The indictment stressed that the south Korean group of conservatives, who has blocked national reconciliation, unity, peace and reunification while viciously denying the valuable agreements common to the nation throughout history, will be forced to face stern trial by history without fail for its unpardonable thrice-cursed crimes before the nation. -0-


DPRK Foreign Minister Makes Speech at ASEAN Regional Forum

Pyongyang, August 5 (KCNA) -- DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho Saturday made a speech at the Ministerial Meeting of ASEAN Regional Forum held in Singapore.

He said:
The summit meeting and talks held here in Singapore, the first of its kind in the history of the DPRK-U.S. relations, served as a landmark milestone that had the most profound and positive impact on the situation in Asia and the Pacific.

A remarkable significance of international dimension wrought by the Singapore summit meeting lies in its demonstration that once mutual confidence is built, even the countries with long-standing hostility could resolve the regional and global peace and security issues through dialogue and negotiation.

The DPRK remains committed to actively developing friendly and cooperative relations with all the regional countries on the principles of respect for sovereignty, equality and mutual benefit and making continued contributions to the common efforts of the ARF to implement confidence-building and preventive diplomacy.

The new trend of peace and stability created on the Korean Peninsula is a precious green shoot to be carefully attended to and jointly cultivated by all the regional countries for the sake of stable and constructive development of the situation throughout Asia and the Pacific.

The present situation of the Korean Peninsula can be said, in a word, to be a moment of history when the old is overthrown and the new is emerging.

Here on Sentosa Island in June, the leaders of the DPRK and the U.S. reached an epoch-making agreement.
The DPRK stands firm in its determination and commitment for implementing the DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement in a responsible and good-faith manner.

Confidence building is the key to the full implementation of the Joint Statement.
Confidence is not a sentiment to be cultivated overnight. In order to build full confidence between the DPRK and the U.S., it is essential for both sides to take simultaneous actions and phased steps to do what is possible one after another.

We believe that the only practical way for moving forward is to take a new approach of giving priority to confidence-building and implementing all items of the Joint Statement in a balanced, simultaneous and phased way.
Only when the U.S. ensures that we feel comfortable with and come close to it, will we be able to open our minds to the U.S. and show it in action.

This is the core essence of the spirit of the agreement shared by the leaders of the DPRK and the U.S.
What is alarming, however, is the insistent moves manifested within the U.S. to go back to the old, far from its leader's intention.

The DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement should not be permitted to fall prey to the American internal politics, inviting an adverse wind at odds with the intentions of the leaders.
We thought of doing something in response, if the U.S. would come with constructive ideas. However, as long as the U.S. does not show in practice its strong will to remove our concerns, there will be no case whereby we will move forward first unilaterally.

There is a Korean proverb which says "slow yet at bull's pace". A fastest and most reliable shortcut to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is to build confidence in good faith through taking one-by-one and phase-by-phase simultaneous actions.
In April this year, the DPRK has put forward a new strategic line of concentrating all its efforts on economic construction.

Economic revival and improved people's livelihood in our country will be good for peace, security and economic growth of the region at large. It will never be the contrary.
The international community should respond to our goodwill measures already taken for denuclearization with its constructive steps that would encourage and promote peace and economic development of the Korean Peninsula.

Availing myself of this opportunity, I express my expectation and conviction that all the ARF member states at this meeting would value this hard-won epoch-making chance for turnaround of the situation on the Korean Peninsula and do helpful work conducive to fundamentally resolving the Korean issues. -0-


Kim Jong Un Visits China

Kim Jong Un Leaves for China

Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, will visit the People's Republic of China from June 19 to 20.
Kim Jong Un together with his wife Ri Sol Ju came out to Pyongyang International Airport on the morning of June 19 to visit China.

A ceremony to see them off took place at the airport.
The respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un was warmly seen off by members and alternate members of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK.
He shook hands and exchanged greetings with the senior officials who came out to see him off one by one and boarded the plane for his personal use.
The senior party and government officials heartily wished for good successes in his visit to China and safe return.

The plane carrying the Supreme Leader took off at the airport at 09:20 amid the send-off by the senior party and government officials.
He was accompanied by Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK, vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and vice-chairman of the C.C., WPK, Pak Pong Ju, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK, vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and premier of the Cabinet, Ri Su Yong, Kim Yong Chol and Pak Thae Song, members of the Political Bureau and vice-chairmen of the C.C., WPK, Ri Yong Ho, member of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK and minister of Foreign Affairs, No Kwang Chol, alternate member of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK and minister of the People's Armed Forces, and members of the C.C., WPK and the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK.

Kim Jong Un Arrives in Beijing

Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, arrived in Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China.
The plane carrying him landed at Beijing Capital International Airport at 10 a.m. Beijing time.

Present at the airport to greet him were Wang Huning, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and member of the CPC Central Committee Secretariat, Cai Qi, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and secretary of the Beijing Municipal Party Committee, Song Tao, head of the International Liaison Department of the CPC Central Committee, and Li Jinjun, Chinese ambassador to the DPRK.
Also present there was Ji Jae Ryong, DPRK ambassador to China.

National flags of the DPRK and China were hoisted and a guard of honor of the three services of the Chinese People's Liberation Army and a military band lined up at the airport.
When Kim Jong Un together with his wife Ri Sol Ju got off the plane for his personal use, children presented bunches of flowers to them.

The respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un exchanged warm greetings with senior party and government officials of China.
The senior officials of China warmly welcomed Kim Jong Un visiting China again, with deep respect and trust for him.
He expressed thanks to the exceptional reception and hospitality of the Chinese party and government and got on a car for his personal use.

The car carrying Kim Jong Un and Ri Sol Ju arrived at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, the lodging quarters, escorted by motorcycles.
He was guided to the lodging quarters by Wang Huning and other senior officials who came to greet him.

Kim Jong Un Meets Xi Jinping

Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, met Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and president of the People's Republic of China, at the Great Hall of the People at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

When Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju arrived at the Great Hall of the People, they were warmly greeted by Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan.
After gladly exchanging greetings, Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping had a souvenir photo taken.

Xi Jinping warmly welcomed Kim Jong Un who was visiting China again.
The respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un expressed thanks to Xi Jinping for sparing time to accord heartwarming hospitality.
Kim Jong Un and Ri Sol Ju had a significant photo session with Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan.

A grand ceremony took place at the Great Hall of the People to welcome Kim Jong Un.
At Beidating Kim Jong Un exchanged greetings with senior officials of the Chinese party and government, shaking hands with them one by one.

Xi Jinping exchanged greetings with senior officials of the party and government of the DPRK.
When Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping stood on the platform, the national anthems of the two countries were played solemnly.

Kim Jong Un received a salute from the chief of the guard of honor of the three services of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (CPLA).
He reviewed the guard of honor of the CPLA three services, conducted by Xi Jinping.
When they reached the welcoming group of children, the children warmly welcomed them, waving national flags of the two countries and bouquets.
Kim Jong Un raised his hand to wave back to the cheering children.

Talks between Kim Jong Un and Xi Jinping

Talks were held between Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and president of the People's Republic of China, at the Great Hall of the People on June 19.

Present there from the DPRK side were Ri Su Yong and Kim Yong Chol, members of the Political Bureau and vice-chairmen of the WPK Central Committee, and Ri Yong Ho, member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and minister of Foreign Affairs.

Present from the Chinese side were Wang Huning, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and member of the CPC Central Committee Secretariat, Ding Xuexiang, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, member of the CPC Central Committee Secretariat and director of the CPC Central Committee General Office, Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, Wang Yi, state councilor and minister of Foreign Affairs, and Song Tao, head of the International Liaison Department of the CPC Central Committee.

At the talks the result of the historic DPRK-U.S. summit, which was successfully held amidst the unusual interest and expectation of the international community, and appreciation, views and stand on it were informed each other. And beneficial views on a series of issues of mutual concern including the prospect for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula were exchanged and a shared understanding on the discussed issues achieved.

The respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un expressed thanks to the Chinese party and government for positive and sincere support and good help for the successful DPRK-U.S. summit meeting and talks.

Saying that he is much pleased with and values the recently strengthened strategic cooperation between the two parties and the mutual confidence getting further deepened, he expressed the determination and will to further develop the closer relations of friendship, unity and cooperation between the two parties and the two peoples of the DPRK and China.

Xi Jinping gave high appreciation and extended heartfelt congratulations to Chairman Kim Jong Un for having steered the DPRK-U.S. summit meeting and talks successfully and put the situation of the Korean Peninsula on the track of dialogue, negotiation, peace and stability.

Voicing full support for the stand and determination of the DPRK side for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, he said that China will continue to play its constructive role in the future, too.
The talks proceeded in a comradely, candid and friendly atmosphere.
Banquet Given in Welcome of Kim Jong Un's China Visit

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and president of the People's Republic of China, hosted a grand banquet in welcome of the China visit by Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, at the Great Hall of the People on Tuesday evening.

Present at the banquet on invitation were Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK, vice-chairman of the DPRK State Affairs Commission and vice-chairman of the C.C., WPK; Pak Pong Ju, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK, vice-chairman of the DPRK State Affairs Commission and premier of the Cabinet; Ri Su Yong, Kim Yong Chol and Pak Thae Song, members of the Political Bureau and vice-chairmen of the C.C., WPK; Ri Yong Ho, member of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK and minister of Foreign Affairs; No Kwang Chol, alternate member of the Political Bureau of the C.C., WPK and minister of the People's Armed Forces; and other officials accompanying Kim Jong Un, Supreme Leader of the party, state and army of the DPRK, and suite members and Ji Jae Ryong, DPRK ambassador to China, and his embassy officials.

Attending it were Li Keqiang, premier of the PRC State Council, and Wang Huning, member of the CPC Central Committee Secretariat, who are members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the C.C., CPC; Wang Qishan, vice-president of the PRC; Ding Xuexiang, member of the Political Bureau, member of the Secretariat and director of the General Office of the C.C., CPC; Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau of the C.C., CPC and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the C.C., CPC; Guo Shengkun, member of the Political Bureau and secretary of the Political and Legal Affairs Committee of the C.C., CPC; Huang Kunming, member of the Political Bureau, member of the Secretariat and head of the Publicity Department of the C.C., CPC; Cai Qi, member of the Political Bureau of the C.C., CPC and secretary of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the CPC; Wang Yi, state councilor and minister of Foreign Affairs; Song Tao, head of the International Liaison Department of the C.C., CPC; and other senior officials of the Chinese party and government.

Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju entered Jinsedating, the banquet hall, guided by Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan.
Prior to the banquet, its participants watched a video on the three historic meetings of the top leaders of the two parties and two countries.

At the banquet Xi Jinping made a congratulatory speech and Kim Jong Un made a reply speech.
Xi Jinping warmly welcomed Kim Jong Un's China visit, saying that this fully showed his fixed will to attach great importance to the strengthened strategic communication between the two parties of China and the DPRK and develop the traditional friendship of the two countries and demonstrated to the whole world the invincibility of the relations between the two parties and two countries.

After Chairman Kim Jong Un's China visit in March, the China-DPRK relations have entered a new phase of development and the important joint agreements of both sides are being implemented one by one and the China-DPRK relations of friendship and cooperation are in new vigor, Xi Jinping stated.

Noting that Kim Jong Un has made great efforts to protect peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula by leading the Korean people and further consolidated the trend of dialogue and d?tente on the peninsula, Xi Jinping said he is pleased to see it and highly appreciates it.
He affirmed that China and the DPRK would learn, consult, unite and cooperate with each other as close friends and comrades to jointly open up rosier and beautiful future of the socialist cause in the two countries.

Kim Jong Un said he is very glad to meet again Xi Jinping and other close Chinese comrades at the time when a new historic current is being created in the Korean Peninsula and the region with the successful DPRK-U.S. summit. He expressed heartfelt thanks to Xi Jinping for his cordial hospitality despite the pressure of work.

Saying the picture of the DPRK and China sharing joy and sorrow and sincerely helping and cooperating with each other like family members clearly demonstrates at home and abroad that the relations between the two parties and two countries are developing into the unprecedentedly special relationship beyond the traditional ties, Kim Jong Un stated that he would make every possible effort to steadily develop the DPRK-China friendly relations onto a new high level, valuing affinity and affection forged with Xi Jinping.

He said that he would closely cooperate with the Chinese comrades at the same staff in the historic journey of defending socialism and opening up a new future of the Korean Peninsula and the region, and fully discharge his responsibility and role to protect genuine peace.

He expressed the belief and expectation that the Chinese people would surely realize the dream of China called the great prosperity of China in the near future under the leadership of Xi Jinping and the Communist Party of China.

An art performance specially prepared by Chinese artistes was given to welcome Kim Jong Un's historic China visit.
Kim Jong Un presented a floral basket to the performers on their excellent performance.
Kim Jong Un and his wife Ri Sol Ju together with Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan mounted the stage to express thanks for the enthusiasm and efforts of the artistes who prepared the art performance with sincerity, and had a photo session with them.
Kim Jong Un expressed thanks to the Chinese party and government for their special care and warm hospitality. -0-


LKP Is Hotbed of Evils: CCNR Indictment

Pyongyang, June 8 (KCNA) -- The Consultative Council for National Reconciliation (CCNR) in an indictment Friday revealed the despicable nature of the "Liberal Korea Party", a cancer-like entity in south Korean society and a stumbling block in the way of achieving reconciliation, unity, independence and reunification of the Korean nation.

The LKP is a party of rubbish, the indictment says, and goes on:
It is made up of die-hard sycophantic traitors, confrontation maniacs and those involved in corruption and irregularities.
As for its representative Hong Jun Phyo, ill-famed for making up coarse words and as confrontational maniac, kingpin of corruption and irregularities and sexual maniac, is the same bete noire as traitors Park Geun Hye and Lee Myung Bak.

The LKP is the cesspool of human rejects including party spokesman Jang Je Won branded as "an ugly person spitting out excrement" for his vulgar language.
The LKP grouping worst traitors is a "traitorous party". It has carried forward sycophancy as its gene from the "Liberal Party" of traitor Syngman Rhee to the "Saenuri Party" of traitor Park Geun Hye.

By kowtowing to outsiders, this traitorous party has hurt the dignity and interests of the nation, and such an act has reached the extremes at the time of the LKP.
It has marred the achievements made at the Panmunjom summit between the north and the south provided with much effort and is riding roughshod to scuttle the DPRK-U.S. summit. A handful of the group of traitors reminds one of "five traitors in 1905" who sold off the country to outsiders more than 100 years ago.

The LKP is a "confrontation-minded party" staking its fate on division of the nation.
Regarding the fellow countrymen as the "principal enemy" and the "primary target of attack", the party fuelled the anti-DPRK confrontation since the first day of changing its logo, and such moves have become all the more pronounced this year in which the north-south relations have undergone a dramatic change.

When the 23rd Winter Olympics was successfully held as an event common to the nation, it held anti-DPRK rallies one after another, insulting the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK and burning its national flag and the Korean peninsula flag.

Its members even lied on the bridge where the high-level delegation of the DPRK was about to pass to take part in the Winter Olympics.
Such a confrontational act became all the more hysteric occasioned by the historic Panmunjom summit meeting and talks.

The LKP is a group of evils standing against democratic politics and finding its way-out in fascist rule.
This can be clearly seen in the fact that the group slandered the mass candlelight actions of south Koreans for new politics and new life and defended the fascist bosses Park Geun Hye and Lee Myung Bak.

Saying that "the president is by no means an individual", the party encouraged Park Geun Hye and joined the conservative forces' demonstration against her impeachment and stood against the mass candlelight demonstrations of south Koreans.
It even zealously defended traitor Lee Myung Bak jeered as "rat Bak" by south Koreans.

The LKP is a "corrupt party" and "perishing party" in which its members are backbiting each other.
Historically, from the "Liberal Party" to the "Saenuri Party", all the forerunners of the conservative parties of traitors gained ill fames for corruption and irregularities but the LKP has set a new record, earning fame as a "rotten party".

The LKP is a group of riff-raffs as it comprises Hong Jun Phyo faction, Kim Mu Song faction, pro-Park Geun Hye faction and neutral faction. Each of them claims to be "authentic conservatism", getting keen on holding hegemony and expanding its forces.
The LKP will go to ruin any moment as it is fraught with internal conflict and contradiction just as the ruining family is frequented by disputes. -0-


Northern Nuclear Test Ground of DPRK Dismantled

Pyongyang, May 25 (KCNA) -- The northern nuclear test ground of the DPRK was completely dismantled under a decision made at the Third Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.
After the publication of the decision at the April plenary meeting of the WPK Central Committee on dismantling the nuclear test ground, relevant institutions including the Nuclear Weapons Institute of the DPRK immediately stopped all preparations and projects for nuclear tests and had carried out phased dismantlement.

The tunnels and all kinds of equipment, information communications and power systems and construction and operation equipment, that had been installed at the observation center, control center and research institute in the northern nuclear test ground, were dismantled and withdrawn.

A ceremony for completely dismantling the northern nuclear test ground of the DPRK was carried out on May 24.
The process of the dismantlement was covered in field by reporters from China, Russia, the U.S., Britain and south Korea.

The members of the international press corps were briefed on the methods and order of dismantlement of the test ground, and went round tunnels where nuclear tests had been carried out in the past, tunnels ready for immediately and safely conducting powerful nuclear tests and the test observation centers.

Then, a work for collapsing all tunnels of the nuclear test ground by means of explosion, shutting down their entrances and exploding all the ground structures including the test observation centers was carried out in order with transparency.
At the end of the work, the Nuclear Weapons Institute of the DPRK issued a statement on the spot.

The dismantlement of the nuclear test ground is a vivid manifestation of the DPRK government's fixed peace-loving stand to join in the international aspiration and efforts for total halt to the nuclear test and make positive contribution to building a nuclear free world. -0-


Detailed Report on Kim Jong Un's Feats for National Reunification

Pyongyang, May 12 (KCNA) -- The Reunification and Publicity Bureau of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country of the DPRK Saturday released a detailed report on the exploits of the respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un who ushered in a new era of national unity and reunification, peace and prosperity.

The report said that the respected Supreme Leader in his New Year Address advanced a decisive policy for bringing about a thaw in the frozen north-south relations, due to the hideous anti-DPRK sanctions and pressure and war moves of the anti-reunification bellicose forces at home and abroad, and took a series of practical measures for its materialization.

The detailed report said: Thanks to the patriotic steps taken by him, the ship Mangyongbong-92 carrying the Samjiyon Orchestra of the DPRK going to the south side area for performance in celebration of the 23rd Winter Olympics arrived at Mukho Port of south Korea on February 6. The next day a delegation of the National Olympic Committee, cheering squad, Taekwon-Do demonstration group and a press corps of the DPRK entered an area of Kangwon Province of south Korea overland along the West Sea of Korea.

The Samjiyon Orchestra sent by the respected Supreme Leader performed in Kangrung and Seoul and the activities of the DPRK players team and cheering squad made the whole of south Korea seethe with the compatriotic feelings and the zeal for national reunification.

The Taekwon-Do demonstration group fully demonstrated the wisdom and strong spirit of the Korean nation, advantages and might of its traditional martial art, to be greatly applauded by the spectators.

The high-level delegation of the DPRK visited south Korea to take part in the opening ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics. It marked an important occasion in demonstrating the unshakable will of the DPRK to achieve national reconciliation and unity and develop the north-south relations.

The respected Supreme Leader dispatched a high-level delegation of the DPRK to the closing ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics on February 25. In March he sent a delegation and a players team of the DPRK to the Winter Paralympics hosted by south Korea. This powerfully and again demonstrated the fixed will to achieve national reconciliation and mend the north-south relations.

He invited personages and artistes of south Korea to Pyongyang to usher in a heyday of national concord and reunification by further developing the north-south relations. He showed warm solicitude for them and saw to it that the atmosphere of national reconciliation and unity would grow stronger.

The historic north-south summit and talks, which were held thanks to the firm will of the respected Supreme Leader to build a dignified and prospering reunified power by the concerted efforts of all Koreans, true to the behests of the great leaders for national reunification and thanks to his outstanding political caliber, warmest patriotism and bold decision, serve a great special event which opened up a new era of national reconciliation and unity, peace and prosperity.

The detailed report stressed that the feats he performed by making a decisive turn in the development of the north-south relations and opening up a new era of national reconciliation and unity, peace and prosperity would remain long in the Korean nation's history for national reunification. -0-


Kim Jong Un's Speech at Banquet

Pyongyang, March 28 (KCNA) -- Respected Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un made a speech at the grand banquet hosted by Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People.
Kim Jong Un said that he made a visit to the People's Republic of China like lightning with the sole desire to invariably maintain the long-standing historical tradition of great DPRK-China friendship, to live up to the revolutionary obligation and to creditably carry forward and develop the relations between the DPRK and the PRC generation after generation under the new situation prevailing on the Korean peninsula.

He expressed his heartfelt gratitude to General Secretary Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan for devoting their time and according warm and cordial hospitality just as they would do for their own brothers and sisters, though being busy with the party and state affairs.
He said that he was deeply moved by the sincerity and deep consideration shown by Xi Jinping and leading officials of the Chinese party and state so that the successful visit would be made in a short period after gladly accepting the proposal for the visit, and noted that he was very thankful for it.

He warmly congratulated Xi Jinping on his election as president of the People's Republic of China and chairman of the Central Military Commission of the PRC after the successful conclusion of "two conferences" following the grand 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China.
It is quite natural that the capital of China was chosen for his maiden foreign trip, he noted, adding it is also a noble obligation of him who has to value the DPRK-China friendship as his own life and carry it forward generation after generation.

The peoples of Korea and China, who have closely supported and cooperated by dedicating their blood and life to the protracted joint struggle, have clearly realized in their life experience that their destinies are inseparable and how valuable the peaceful environment and stability in the region are for the two countries, fraternal neighbors who are linked by the same river, and how costly it is to win and defend them, he added.

He said that he together with Xi Jinping had an in-depth exchange of views on important matters including the development of the DPRK-China friendly relations and the urgent issue of handling the situation of the Korean peninsula and affirmed the shared will to consolidate the socialist systems in the two countries and provide the two peoples with happiness and future.

He noted that it is the unshakable stand of the Workers' Party of Korea and the DPRK government to develop on a new stage the DPRK-China friendly relationship which was forged in the sacred common struggle for the socialist cause and which has maintained its nature despite all tempests of history, true to the noble intention of the preceding leaders.

The WPK and the people of the DPRK are rejoiced as over their own over the fact that the Chinese people have registered signal achievements in the cause of building a modern and powerful socialist country in the new era and the international prestige of China is rising as the days go by under the guidance of the Communist Party of China with General Secretary Xi Jinping at the core, he pointed out.

Kim Jong Un sincerely hoped that the Chinese people would brilliantly carry out the tasks set forth by the 19th Congress of the CPC and achieve great prosperity of China under the guidance of General Secretary Xi Jinping. -0-


Statement of Policy Research Director at Institute for American Studies of DPRK Foreign Ministry

Pyongyang, March 1 (KCNA) -- The director of Policy Research of the Institute for American Studies of the DPRK Foreign Ministry Thursday released the following press statement:
On February 23, the Trump group announced that the United States would enforce sanctions against 56 designations in total - 27 shipping and trading companies, 28 vessels and 1 individual - of the DPRK and other countries combined, under the pretext of prohibiting so-called sanctions evasion practices and illegal means used to facilitate ship-to-ship transfer of coal and fuel, and it ridiculously trumpeted that this would be "the largest sanctions ever imposed on the DPRK".

The anti-DPRK sanctions and pressure by the Trump group can be described as "harshest" ever seen in history in light of its vicious and reactionary nature.
The frequency of sanctions and the non-exhaustive list of sanctions designations speak themselves.

According to the initial estimation, the Trump group, since in office, announced sanctions 12 times through Treasury Department and State Department targeting 65 individuals, 56 entities and 45 vessels of the DPRK, and 32 entities, 12 individuals and 9 vessels of other countries allegedly involved in transactions with the DPRK; 219 designations in total.

Compared with previous U.S. administrations, the Obama administration announced 217 sanctions designations on 28 occasions during 8 years in office, and the Bush administration 11 designations on 2 occasions during 8 years in office.
The U.S. secretary of Treasury has gone so mad at imposing "sanctions" on our country that he even boasted recently that half of over 450 rounds of sanctions enforced against Pyongyang since 2005 were enacted last year.
The vicious nature of sanctions is vividly manifested in an indiscriminate expansion of its scope.

On February 18, 2016, the Obama administration cooked up "North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act 2016" and, under the pretext of cutting off flow of revenue for program of nuclear weapons and rockets, sanctioned entities of our Party and power authority and enforced the ban on our normal economic and trading transactions in the areas of, inter alia, earth and stone, transportation, mining, energy and finance, driven by the preposterous fabrications about sort of development and proliferation of WMD, cyber-attack, human rights abuse, drug trafficking, counterfeiting and money laundering. It even sanctioned the entities and individuals of other countries involved in transactions with the DPRK.

However, the Trump administration, not satisfied with the above, unveiled "Countering America's Adversaries through Sanctions Act" on August 2, 2017 and thus, openly exposed its heinous intention to expand the scope of sanctions to all legitimate areas of economy and trade, aimed at completely cutting off source of revenue in foreign currency and stifling us economically.
These facts clearly exhibit the magnitude and height of the Trump group's desperate attempt to isolate and stifle us economically and to disintegrate our socialist system chosen by our people.

The international society has now again eye-witnessed the viciousness and unfairness of sanctions pursued by the Trump group.
The unilateral sanctions imposed by the Trump group, pursuant to its domestic law, upon the DPRK and other countries involved in transactions with the former constitute a wanton infringement upon sovereignty and an open violation of the universally recognized international laws which underline that in no case can a sovereign state be an object of jurisdiction of other countries.

Referring to the latest "unilateral sanctions" announced by the Trump group, the neighboring countries including China and Russia and even the American press are expressing increased apprehension and denunciation, arguing that the Trump group is again driving the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war by resorting to sanctions and pressure, without having clear strategy on the DPRK.

Trump is attempting to frighten us by making wild remarks that if the latest sanctions, the core of which is to completely block the DPRK's maritime transactions with other countries, do not work, "very rough phase 2" will be operated. But such wild remarks of the Trump group would not work on us, and we have prepared our own formula to counter it.

It is really miserable to see that the Trump group clings frenziedly to the sanctions and pressure, still harboring an illusion that they would work on us. The U.S. should bear in mind that if America becomes more desperate, it will only make stronger our faith and determination to rise high on the strength of self-development.

The U.S. should be well advised to squarely look at the strategic position of our state with their eyes wide-open and contemplate now what will be a strategic and wise choice to better serve the America's interests. -0-