Japanese Reactionaries' Discrimination against Korean Nation Protested in Saitama Prefecture
Pyongyang, March 14 (KCNA) -- Officials of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) including Sin Min Ho, chairman of the Saitama Prefectural Headquarters of Chongryon, and Koreans in Japan are launching a campaign to denounce the Saitama City authorities for their rude and wicked discrimination against the Korean nation.
They organized a team on March 11 to stage a strong protest against the authorities' discrimination before the Saitama City Hall.
Referring to the fact that the Saitama City authorities excluded only the kindergarten of Korean school from the supply of masks for preventing COVID-19, they criticized it as an unpardonable practice from the viewpoints of human rights and humanitarianism.
The director of the kindergarten protested against the measure taken by the city authorities, saying that it is an act of seriously defaming the dignity of Koreans in Japan and a matter related with the life of children, not one related with a few sheets of mask. -0-
Chief of KPA General Staff Issues Statement
Pyongyang, December 14 (KCNA) -- Pak Jong Chon, chief of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army (KPA), released the following statement on Saturday:
I am very glad that the Academy of Defence Science has recently registered great successes in bolstering up the defence capabilities while successfully conducting tests of great significance one after another.
The priceless data, experience and new technologies gained in the recent tests of defense science research will be fully applied to the development of another strategic weapon of the DPRK for definitely and reliably restraining and overpowering the nuclear threat of the U.S.
Genuine peace can be safeguarded and our development and future be guaranteed only when the balance of power is completely ensured.
We have stored up tremendous power.
We should be ready to cope with political and military provocations of the hostile forces and be familiar with both dialogue and confrontation.
Our army is fully ready to thoroughly carry out any decision of the Supreme Leader with action.
It is free to evaluate the entity of our power, but it will be necessary to see it clearly before judgment.
In the situation of the acute confrontation, the U.S. and other hostile forces will spend the year-end in peace only when they hold off any words and deeds rattling us. -0-
DPRK Vice Foreign Minister for U.S. Affairs Issues Statement
Pyongyang, December 3 (KCNA) -- Ri Thae Song, vice minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK in charge of the U.S. Affairs, released the following statement on Tuesday:
Drawing nearer is the year-end time limit the DPRK set for the U.S.
However, the U.S. is keen on earning time needed for it, talking about the "sustained and substantial dialogue", far from acting in response to the measures taken by the DPRK first.
The dialogue touted by the U.S. is, in essence, nothing but a foolish trick hatched to keep the DPRK bound to dialogue and use it in favor of the political situation and election in the U.S.
The DPRK has heard more than enough dialogue rhetoric raised by the U.S. whenever it is driven into a tight corner. So, no one will lend an ear to the U.S. any longer.
The DPRK has done everything transparently and openly so far. It feels no need to hide what it will do from now on and therefore, reminds the U.S. once again that the year-end time limit comes nearer.
The DPRK has done its utmost with maximum perseverance not to backtrack from the important steps it has taken on its own initiative.
What is left to be done now is the U.S. option and it is entirely up to the U.S. what Christmas gift it will select to get. -0-
Mt Kumgang Is Not Common Property of North and South
Pyongyang, November 15 (KCNA) -- Leaves of trees on Piro Peak seem to turn further golden and waves in Sea Kumgang to make greater swashes at the grandiose measure taken by the Central Committee of our Party to demolish without trace the south side's facilities that sprawled out only to mar the beautiful scenery of the famous mountain, and to turn it into the people's resort envied by the whole world and modern international tourist resort of our style.
But the south side has behaved awkwardly from the beginning as regards our new project for the development of Mt Kumgang tourist area.
On October 25, the relevant institution of our side, in reflection of the firm will of the Central Committee of our Party, sent to the Unification Ministry and the Hyundai Asan Co. Ltd of south Korea a message asking them to send us a plan for the withdrawal of the south side's facilities in Mt Kumgang area and corresponding schedules, and to make an earlier agreement by way of exchanging documents.
The south Korean authorities responded with senseless words like "initiative method" and "proposal of technical talks". As it seemed that they did not understand clearly what we asked, we, on October 29 and November 6, again notified them of our fixed intention.
We made clear our stand in mother tongue, but the south Korean authorities pretended ignorance, uttering "in-depth discussion" and "necessity of visit by a joint inspection team".
The south Korean authorities left the facilities for the tour of Mt Kumgang untouched for over a decade in fear of the U.S. Only after they are pressed with the withdrawal of those facilities, they are dismayed, begging us to let them stay even at a corner of the mountain and take part in the resumption of the tour. How can they be called, pitiful or shameful?
Provided that the timetable is set, we can not while away time, only exchanging messages.
Therefore, on November 11 we sent an ultimatum, warning that if the south Korean authorities persist in their useless assertion, we will take it as an abandonment of the withdrawal, and take resolute measure for unilaterally pulling down the facilities.
However, they have remained answerless until today.
When we gave enough time and opportunities, enduring huge losses on our side, and when we showed the magnanimity out of compatriotic feelings of allowing the resumption of the tour of Mt Kumgang without any precondition and in return for nothing, they remained retracted while reading this face and that face. Now they are faced a bolt from the blue. It's like raising an axe to bring it down on its own feet.
Being steeped in the sense of flunkeyism to the marrow of their bones, they, not coming to their senses even at this crucial moment when the fate of their facilities is like a light before the wind, went to the U.S. to make an entreaty, letting loose senseless utterances that "the issue of tour of Mt Kumgang should be handled in the DPRK-U.S. negotiations" and "substantial discussion of the tour can be possible only when progress is made in the negotiations for the denuclearization". But their master only remained cold.
By origin, the issue of the development of Mt Kumgang tourist area is never an issue to be interfered in by the south Korean authorities and they have already disqualified from doing so.
To make it clear again, Mt Kumgang is our land where our sovereignty is exercised and our noted mountain where even a tree and a cliff is associated with our sovereignty and dignity.
The diamond mountain, the best in the world, which all the world people want to see saying "See Mt Kumgang and then die" is clearly neither the common property of the north and the south nor the place symbolic of north-south reconciliation and cooperation.
We will develop Mt Kumgang to be the world renowned tourist resort with responsibility and in our own way as its owner for the sake of the nation and posterity.
There is no room for south Korea to find its place there. -0-
Another Test-Fire of Super-large Multiple Rocket Launchers Conducted in DPRK
Pyongyang, November 1 (KCNA) -- The Academy of Defence Science of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea succeeded in another test-fire of super-large multiple rocket launchers on Thursday afternoon.
The Academy of Defence Science organized the test-fire to verify the security of launchers' continuous fire system.
The successful test-fire result was directly reported to the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea on the spot.
After receiving a report of the Academy of Defence Science on the military and technical appreciation of the test-fire, Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un expressed satisfaction over it and sent congratulations to the national defence scientists who are devotedly struggling for developing the self-defensive military muscle of the country and bolstering up its armed forces.
The perfection of the continuous fire system was verified through the test-fire to totally destroy with super-power the group target of the enemy and designated target area by surprise strike of the weapon system of super-large multiple rocket launchers. -0-
Japanese Authorities Accused of Driving DPRK-Japan Relations to Worst Phase
Pyongyang, October 22 (KCNA) -- The Japanese authorities eventually excluded kindergartens of Korean schools from the "program for free education and upbringing of children" being enforced from Oct. 1.
A spokesman for the DPRK-Japan Friendship Association in a statement Tuesday said in this regard:
The exclusion of the children of Koreans in Japan, who are paying consumption taxes just like the Japanese people, from the waiver program is against the Japanese law and international law, which is also an intolerable act of national discrimination in view of humanitarianism.
This situation vividly shows once again that the Japanese reactionaries can never change in their hostile policy toward the DPRK and the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan and their malicious discrimination against the Koreans in Japan.
Though belatedly, the Japanese authorities should sincerely fulfill their bounden legal and moral duty that obliges them to treat Koreans in Japan and their children favorably and protect them.
As long as Abe regime does only a foolish and evil act of harassing children, guided by national chauvinism, they can never open a door to the DPRK nor get rid of its miserable plight of being sidelined from the discussion of matters related with Korean peninsula and the world political trend.
The Japanese authorities must stop at once the suicidal act of driving the DPRK-Japan relations to the worst phase and behave themselves, heeding the DPRK's repeated warnings. -0-
Statement by Roving Ambassador of DPRK Foreign Ministry
Pyongyang, September 20 (KCNA) -- Kim Myong Gil, roving ambassador of the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, released the following statement on Friday:
I have read with keen interest the report that U.S. President Trump pointed to the injustice of applying the mode of "Libyan-style abandonment of nukes" to the DPRK and proposed a "new method" for the improvement of the DPRK-U.S. relations.
I, as the chief delegate of the DPRK side to the DPRK-U.S. working-level negotiations, would like to welcome the wise political decision of President Trump to approach the DPRK-U.S. relations from a more practical point of view now that a nasty trouble-maker who used to face everything out of his anachronistic way of thinking has disappeared from the U.S. administration.
If the former shilly-shallying U.S. administrations with a rigid way of thinking were still in power, an uncontrollable situation would doubtless be created on the Korean peninsula, and no one would deny that this would come to be a direct threat to the U.S. security.
At the moment I am not quite sure what he implied in his suggestion of "new method" but to me it seems he wanted to imply that a step-by-step solution starting with the things feasible first while building trust in each other would be the best option.
The depth of what he uttered is something to give a second thought later, but the political decision to turn to a new alternative, finding it utterly impossible to make it with the old method is the manifestation of the political perception and disposition peculiar to President Trump, which no preceding U.S. chief executives even wanted to think of nor were able to do.
I would like to keep myself optimistic about the results of the upcoming DPRK-U.S. negotiations with the anticipation that the U.S. side would come out to the talks with a proper calculation method. -0-
Spokesperson for DPRK Foreign Ministry Denounces Japan for National Discrimination
Pyongyang, August 23 (KCNA) -- A spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea made public a press statement on Friday in denunciation of the unfair move of national discrimination now being taken by the Japanese government against the Korean children resident in Japan.
The statement said that it is an extremely unequal and heinous move of national discrimination to exclude from the free-of-charge system the children of the Korean residents in Japan who discharge their consumption tax payment obligation exactly the way the Japanese people do.
It went on: This unfair discrimination by the Japanese reactionaries is a fascist act unprecedented in history, designed to throw all the Korean residents in Japan into the vortex of national chauvinism and obliterate by all means the nationality within the community of Korean residents in Japan.
This reality explicitly attests to the hypocrisy of the previous remarks occasionally made by the Japanese authorities that they will not be discriminatory but friendly towards the Korean residents in Japan.
Abe regime is especially subjecting the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) and the Korean residents in Japan to the political pressure and unfair discrimination in a more cunning and vicious manner, though clamoring for "dialogue without conditions."
We could never tolerate the attempts to suppress and obliterate with hostility the Chongryon, a legitimate overseas organization of the citizens of our dignified Republic and the Korean residents in Japan, members of our nation, as these attempts constitute the undisguised hostile acts against the DPRK.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea will never remain indifferent to the reckless moves of the Japanese government and will take all necessary measures to defend the dignity, rights and interests of our citizens. -0-
Japanese Thrice-Cursed Crimes under Fire
Pyongyang, August 15 (KCNA) -- A spokesperson for the Association of Korean Victims of Forcible Drafting and Their Bereaved Families made public a statement Thursday, seventy four years since the Japanese imperialists sustained a defeat after being sternly judged by history for launching overseas aggression with the blood-stained "flag of rising sun shedding rays" flying.
The statement said that no matter how much water may flow under the bridge, the DPRK will never forget the heinous crimes committed by Japan.
It went on: We can not but emphasize that the Japanese imperialists dragged about 8 400 000 Korean young and middle-aged people to the sites of the war for overseas aggression and hard-work sites in order to invade the continent, compelled 200 000 Korean women to suffer the miserable fate as sexual slaves for the Imperial Japanese Army and mercilessly killed more than one million people.
This being a hard fact, the Japanese government is leaving no means untried to evade the responsibility for the settlement of its past, far from sincerely admitting all the crimes committed by Japan against the Korean people and reflecting on them.
It is also rushing headlong into militarism in order to realize its daydream about the "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" by describing the heinous killers as "heroes" and imbuing the rising generation with ultra-nationalism while groundlessly beautifying and justifying the history of crimes.
The horrible climate of the Japanese society affected by the harsh whirlwind of national chauvinism and hostile policy towards the DPRK and the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan reminds everyone of the days when the Japanese imperialists embarked upon the road of invading Korea with sharp military swords a century ago.
All the Korean victims of Japan's past crimes and their bereaved families sharply denounce with bitter resentment the arrogant and anachronistic behaviors of Japan which is running amuck to realize its ambition to reinvade the Korean Peninsula while going against the trend of the times without any guilty conscience of its past crimes.
Japan's settlement of the past is not an issue which may be settled or not, but is the moral duty of the Japanese government under international law and historical and bounden state duty that must be fulfilled even after the replacement of generations.
The longer the Japanese government evades the settlement of its past, the greater the national anger of our people will become beyond control, and it will have to pay dearly for it. -0-
Letter to Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un from Participants in European Meeting
Pyongyang, July 14 (KCNA) -- Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un received a letter from the participants in a European regional solidarity meeting for peace, prosperity and reunification of the Korean peninsula on June 29.
The letter said that the solidarity meeting took place in Helsinki, Finland in token of friendship and solidarity with the Korean people.
It noted that the meeting strongly denounced the negative moves harmful to the implementation of the north-south declarations and the June 12 DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement and peace on the peninsula and maneuvers of the hostile forces to stifle the DPRK.
It said that friendly and solidarity organizations in Europe discussed practical issues to conduct proactive activities for supporting the Korean people in the building of a powerful socialist country and the reunification of the country.
It reiterated full support for the principled stands declared by Kim Jong Un in his policy speech at the First Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK.
It noted that they will push ahead with colorful activities for supporting the struggle of the Korean people and making a contribution to peace, prosperity and reunification of the peninsula. -0-
Use of Strength Is Not at All Monopoly of U.S.: Policy Research Director of Institute for American Studies, FM of DPRK
Pyongyang, May 29 (KCNA) -- The Policy Research Director of the Institute for American Studies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK made public the following press statement on May 29:
It has now become disclosed that the United States conducted the 29th subcritical nuclear test at the nuclear test site of Nevada on February 13, and this arouses grave concern and denunciation of the international society.
What should be taken serious is the fact that the subcritical nuclear test was carried out just prior to the Hanoi DPRK-U.S. Summit that would discuss the issue of building a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean peninsula.
The U.S. has thus showcased its ulterior intention that it seeks a strength-based solution of the issues, though outwardly it advocates for dialogue.
That intention can be fully justified by the political, economic and military hostile acts committed by the U.S. against the DPRK, its dialogue partner, since the historic Singapore DPRK-U.S. Summit Talks.
Even after the U.S. committed to an "establishment of new DPRK-U.S. relations" in the June 12 DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement, Bolton, White House National Security Advisor, Pompeo, Secretary of State, and other high-ranking officials of the U.S. diplomacy and security circles have insulted the dignity of our supreme leadership and spitted out abusive language to the DPRK, calling it as "rogue regime", and unveiled their hostile scheme to stifle us by force, saying that the U.S. would "change its path" if the DPRK does not give in to the former's demand for dismantlement of the nuke first.
At the same time, the U.S. has continued to pursue its strategy of "maximum pressure" against us and attempted to suffocate us economically.
Since August 2018, the U.S. has imposed arbitrary sanctions for 11 times on more than 40 entities and individuals from several countries including the DPRK, China, Russia, Singapore and South Africa, continued to change the regulations on the anti-DPRK sanctions and made public "advisories" of all hues on several times in order to force an interruption of the financial and shipping transactions with us.
The U.S. even committed a crime of dispossessing our cargo ship under the preposterous ground that we had violated the heinous American sanctions acts.
At present, the U.S. is moving in a crafty manner to impose additional sanctions on our ships, organizations and individuals and restrict even the legitimate activities of our diplomats, by employing the anti-DPRK sanctions committee of the United Nations Security Council.
The U.S. has also militarily threatened the DPRK by staging Marine Corp Joint Exercise, "Dong Maeng (Alliance) 19-1", Joint Aerial Combat Drill and other various war games with south Korea in November last year and in March-April this year.
During the period between March and May this year, the U.S. conducted a missile interception test simulating the interception of the DPRK's ICBMs at the air force base in California, test-launched ICBM "MinuteMan-3" and SLBM "Trident-2 D-5" targeted at the DPRK and its surrounding countries and also increased the reconnaissance flights over the DPRK.
The U.S. now maneuvers to forward-deploy sophisticated landing crafts in Japan and even deploy SLCMs, that could mount nuclear warhead, around the Korean peninsula.
All the above clearly shows that the June 12 DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement is not within the consideration of the United States and there is no change at all in the American evil ambition to conquer the DPRK by force.
When cloud is frequent, rain will follow. The U.S. should better bear in mind that its hostile acts will only bring about the result of adding tension to the already unstable Korean peninsula and inviting adverse current.
Use of strength is not at all a monopoly of the United States. -0-
S. Korean Military Authorities Urged to Stop Talking Nonsense
Pyongyang, May 8 (KCNA) -- A spokesman of the delegation of the DPRK's side to the north-south general-level military talks gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on May 8 as regards a litany of rhetoric from the south Korean military authorities over the recent just strike drill held by the Korean People's Army (KPA):
As was already reported, there took place a strike drill of the defence units of the KPA in the frontline area and on the eastern front in the East Sea of Korea on May 4.
The drill designed to estimate the regular combat readiness could never be called into question as it was conducted within the territorial waters of the DPRK under a routine drill plan of the KPA.
That's why the U.S. and Japan as well as the international community clarified the view that the recent strike drill was not a "breach of promise" as the firing of neither the intermediate-and long-range missile nor ICBM was involved in it.
Moreover, it was acknowledged that the flying objects launched in the drill did not pose any threat to the U.S., south Korea, Japan and others as they dropped into the KPA-controlled northeastern waters of the East Sea of Korea.
We could not but be surprised by the nonsensical story from south Korea.
From May 7, the south Korean military has let its spokesman claim that the "drill is contrary to the purport of the military agreement reached by the north and the south and it is a drill for an actual war that may cause military tension, and the south Korean military demands a stop to acts of escalating tension".
The south Korean military have no face to utter any word about the DPRK, the north-south military agreement, in particular, though others may fault the DPRK under unreasonable pretexts.
They staged a provocative combined air drill against the sovereign state DPRK together with the U.S. for two weeks with the involvement of a lot of flying corps and offered its land for their master's drill for deploying THAAD and also kept mum about the U.S. launch of ICBM Minuteman meant to threaten the DPRK. Yet, they are so shameless as to point an accusing finger at their fellow countrymen.
There is a saying that he that has no shame has no conscience. Feigning ignorance of what they did, the south Korean military are slandering our regular drill. We can not but be taken aback by their brazen-facedness.
The south Korean military seem to regard the combined air drill they staged together with the United States and the U.S ICBM as an acrobatic flight and fireworks, while the tactical guided weapon of the fellow countrymen a bolt from the blue.
We are worried about the weak nerve of the south Korean military abnormally reacting to the regular drill of our army.
Their reaction vividly shows how much the south Korean military are afraid of our army.
If the south Korean military were really astonished by the recent strike drill, they would have to fall into a swoon in case of a strike drill involving more powerful cutting-edge weapons.
The south Korean authorities would be well advised to look at what they committed to do in the north-south military agreement and to reflect on what they did before claiming that the strike drill "runs counter to the purport of the agreement".
Doing so will "discourage" them from taking issue with the dialogue partner and make them be careful of their speech lest they might be subject to a pelting rain of kicks and blows although they could feel guilty of their provocative acts of perfidy against us.
Before wagging their tongue, the war-thirsty south Korean military should understand that their military provocations that got on the nerves of ours in the past prompted our army to almost pull the trigger several times.
They should not forget that their double-dealing tactics of disguised hostility, to say nothing of the acts of undisguised hostility challenging the historic north-south declarations and military agreement, rouse bitter denunciation and curses of the whole nation.
They had better hold their tongue, mindful that their litany of rhetoric will be a laughing stock of the world people as they have no qualifications to say anything. -0-
CPRC Spokesman Warns S. Korean Authorities against Acts of Perfidy
Pyongyang, April 25 (KCNA) -- The south Korean military kicked off a provocative combined aerial drill with the U.S. forces against its dialogue partner DPRK on April 22, with the involvement of a number of warplanes like F-15K, KF-16, F-16.
A spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country (CPRC) of the DPRK in a strongly-worded statement Thursday blasted the drill as an outright challenge to the historic April 27 Panmunjom Declaration and the September Pyongyang Joint Declaration reflecting the unanimous will of the entire nation for peace and prosperity of the Korean peninsula, and an open violation of the agreement on the military field in which the north and the south committed to make joint efforts for the ease of military tension and removal of hostility.
The statement continued:
The acts of perfidy on the part of the south Korean authorities have greatly disappointed us, as they, far from trying to keep to preserve the valuable spark of peace, reconciliation and cooperation, have gone against the trend toward the reconciliation on the peninsula which the north and the south nurtured by their joint efforts for the past one year.
While staging the large-scale combined aerial drill, the south Korean authorities claim that Max Thunder was thrown into the history and they reduced the scope of the drill by taking into consideration the situation on the Korean peninsula. They are seriously mistaken if they think they can give relief to us and stay clear of the public criticism at home and abroad with such trite nonsense.
In March also, the south Korean authorities held a joint military drill under the codename of Alliance that replaced Key Resolve which was agreed to be suspended, and now it mulls going ahead with it in the future, too.
They can never conceal the aggressive, offensive and confrontational nature of their hostile acts no matter how hard they may try to give impression about "reduction in scope" by replacing the codename.
Wind naturally brings wave. Now that the south Korean authorities get undisguised in their military provocation against the DPRK together with the U.S., there will be corresponding response to it from our army.
Whatever steps we take, the south Korean authorities can never make any complaint, and if they cavil at, that will render the issue and the situation further complicated to let it go out of control.
The south Korean authorities have to behave with discretion, mindful that their open perfidy to the DPRK at the crucial moment of whether to preserve the atmosphere of the improvement of the north-south ties may put the overall bilateral ties at risk. -0-
S. Korea-U.S. Starts New Joint Military Drill
Pyongyang, March 7 (KCNA) -- South Korea and the U.S. reportedly started a joint military drill under new codename Alliance from March 4.
South Korea and the U.S. announced that the drill Alliance is the one replacing the former Key Resolve and it will continue until March 12. As for joint military drill Foal Eagle, they said they would stage it without codename round the year in the form of small-scale field mobile drill involving units smaller than battalion.
They said that the on-going drill aims at examining wartime operation plan through computer-aided simulation of "the north's all-out invasion of the south" and increasing the capabilities to fight a war.
The ill-boding moves of the south Korean military authorities and the U.S. are a wanton violation of the DPRK-U.S. joint statement and the north-south declarations in which the removal of hostility and tensions were committed to, and an open challenge to the aspiration and desire of all Koreans and the international community for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. -0-
Spokesperson for DPRK Foreign Ministry on Recent Developments in Venezuela
Pyongyang, February 3 (KCNA) -- A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on February 3 as regards recent developments in Venezuela:
An abnormal situation developed in Venezuela where the speaker of the parliament declared null and void the result of the presidential election held in last May and claimed himself as provisional president on January 23.
The situation in Venezuela is developing into a complicated international issue, as evidenced, inter alia, by the convening on January 26 of the UN Security Council emergency meeting on Venezuelan issue.
Any attempt by outside forces to remove a president legitimately elected according to the constitution of a sovereign state is an undisguised interference in internal affairs and a wanton violation of international law.
It is our firm stand that Venezuelan issues should be resolved in a peaceful way in accordance with the independent will and decision of the government and people of Venezuela.
Peoples of the whole world aspiring to justice and peace will ever stand by the government and people of Venezuela for safeguarding their sovereignty and stability. -0-
Press Statement of Policy Research Director of Institute for American Studies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK
Pyongyang, December 16 (KCNA) -- The policy research director of the Institute for American Studies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Sunday issued the following statement:
It is a significant event for ensuring peace and security of the region and beyond that the top leaders of the DPRK and the U.S. committed themselves to improve the DPRK-U.S. relations at the historic DPRK-U.S. summit held in Singapore last June, and the current DPRK-U.S. relations are advancing along the steadfast will of the top leaders to follow through on the Singapore DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement in good faith.
However, the continued commission by the United States of vicious anti-DPRK hostile actions, running counter to these developments, prompts my shock and indignation.
During the past six months since the Singapore DPRK-U.S. summit, the U.S. high-ranking politicians including the secretary of state have almost every day slandered the DPRK out of sheer malice, and the State Department and the Treasury Department have taken anti-DPRK sanctions measures for as many as eight times against the companies, individuals and ships of not only the DPRK but also Russia, China and other third countries by fabricating pretexts of all hues such as money laundering, illegal transactions through ship-to-ship transfer and cyber-attack.
Recently, the U.S. is resorting to anti-DPRK human rights plot in such a way that it carries deliberate provocation by adding high-ranking government officials of the DPRK, a sovereign state, to its unilateral sanctions list, while taking issue with the non-existent "human rights issue".
Now, the international society is unanimous in welcoming the proactive denuclearization steps taken by the DPRK and urging the U.S. to respond to these steps in a corresponding manner. And president Trump avails himself of every possible occasion to state his willingness to improve DPRK-U.S. relations.
Far from the statements of the president, the State Department is instead bent on bringing the DPRK-U.S. relations back to the status of last year which was marked by exchanges of fire. I cannot help but throw doubt on the ulterior motive of the State Department.
If they are a sort of diplomats of "only superpower", they should at least realize from the past record of the DPRK-U.S. relations that sanctions and pressure would not work against the DPRK.
The United States will not be unaware of the self-evident fact that its threat, blackmail and pressure against the other side cannot be a solution under the relations of pent-up confrontation, mistrust and hostility between the DPRK and the U.S. and deterioration of the situation that might be incurred by these hostile actions would not be beneficial for peace and security of the Korean peninsula and beyond.
Since we know too well that the deep-rooted hostility between the DPRK and the U.S. cannot be redressed overnight, we have been proposing that the DPRK-U.S. relations be improved on a step-by-step approach of resolving what is feasible one by one, by giving priority to confidence building.
If the high-ranking politicians within the U.S. administration including the State Department had calculated that they could drive us into giving up nuclear weapons by way of increasing the anti-DPRK sanctions and pressure and human rights racket to an unprecedented level, which has nothing to do with confidence building, it will count as greatest miscalculation, and it will block the path to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula forever - a result desired by no one.
The U.S. should realize before it is too late that "maximum pressure" would not work against us and take a sincere approach to implementing the Singapore DPRK-U.S. Joint Statement. -0-
Inter-Korean High-Level Talks Held
Pyongyang, October 16 (KCNA) -- Inter-Korean high-level talks for implementing the historic "September Pyongyang Joint Declaration" were held at the "House of Peace" in the south side portion of Panmunjom on Monday.
Present there were a delegation of the north side led by Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country of the DPRK, and a delegation of the south side with Minister of Unification Jo Myong Gyun as chief delegate.
At the talks the two sides deeply discussed the practical ways for thoroughly implementing the historic "September Pyongyang Joint Declaration" and developing the north-south relations into a fresh high level, and adopted a joint press release.
It is specified in the press release that north-south general-level military talks will be held at an early date to discuss the technical issues referred to in the "military agreement to implement Panmunjom declaration." It also specified the time range of holding a ground-breaking ceremony for linking the railways and roads of the north and the south along the East and West Seas of Korea and for modernizing them.
It detailed the dates, venues and agendas to be tabled at the talks of various panels.
It also noted that the two sides would discuss and push ahead with the technical issues related to the performance to be given by an art troupe of the north side in a south side area. -0-
Japanese Imperialists' Massacre of Koreans after Kanto Great Quake under Fire
Pyongyang, September 1 (KCNA) -- Due to a great earthquake which hit Tokyo and its vicinity on September 1, 1923, hundreds of thousands of dwelling houses and buildings collapsed in a moment and many people were crushed and burnt to death due to fire.
The Japanese imperialists, regarding the quake in Kanto area as a good chance for suppressing the Koreans in Japan, hurled army and police troops and gangsters into mercilessly killing more than 23 000 innocent Koreans in a little more than ten days, a spokesman for the Association of Korean Victims of Forcible Drafting and Their Bereaved Families said in a statement on Saturday.
The statement went on:
History records many natural disasters but knows no such massacre the Japanese imperialists committed in an extremely hideous manner by making Koreans a scapegoat in a bid to calm down the public uneasiness caused by a natural disaster and divert elsewhere the public discontent at the regime's unpopular rule.
The massacre committed against the Koreans in Japan right after the great Kanto quake clearly shows that the Japanese imperialists are, indeed, cutthroats with extreme misanthropy and national chauvinism, vampires, devilish manslaughters and sworn enemy of the Korean people.
Japan has not yet clearly probed the truth behind the massacre though 95 years have lapsed. Worse still, it has neither atoned nor apologized for the thrice-cursed crime.
No matter how much water may flow under the bridge, the DPRK will never forget all evil deeds committed by the Japanese imperialists but will surely force Japan to pay dearly for them.
The Japanese authorities should clearly know that their blood-stained past can never be justified and written off, and clearly probe the truth behind the massacre and make a sincere apology and reparation for it. -0-
Press Statement of Spokesperson for DPRK Foreign Ministry
Pyongyang, August 9 (KCNA) -- The spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea made public the following press statement on Thursday:
At the first historic DPRK-U.S. summit meeting and talks, the top leaders committed to work together toward putting an end to the extremely hostile relations through confidence building and establishing new DPRK-U.S. relations in favor of the requirements and interests of the peoples of two countries and to make active contribution to peace, security, and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula and over the world.
Whereas we already took such practical denuclearization steps as discontinuing nuclear test and ICBM test fire, followed by dismantling the nuclear test ground since the end of last year, the U.S. insisted on its unilateral demand of "denuclearization first" at the first DPRK-U.S. high-level talks held in Pyongyang in early July.
Nevertheless, for the sake of building confidence between the DRPK and the U.S., a foremost and indispensable process for implementation of the joint statement of the DPRK-U.S. summit, we took such broadminded measures as repatriating POW/MIA remains.
We hoped that these goodwill measures would contribute to breaking down the high barrier of mistrust existing between the DPRK and the U.S. and to establishing mutual trust. However, the U.S. responded to our expectation by inciting international sanctions and pressure against the DPRK.
The U.S. is attempting to invent a pretext for increased sanctions against the DPRK by mobilizing all their servile mouthpieces and intelligence institutions to fabricate all kinds of falsehoods on our nuclear issue. They made public the "North Korea Sanctions and Enforcement Actions Advisory" and additional sanctions, and called for collaboration in forcing sanctions and pressure upon us even at the international meetings.
Worse still, the U.S. is resorting to such highly despicable actions as hindering international organizations' cooperation with our country in the field of sports and forcing other countries not to send high-level delegations to the celebrations of the 70th founding anniversary of the DPRK.
Now the issue in question is that, going against the intention of president Trump to advance the DPRK-U.S. relations, who is expressing gratitude to our goodwill measures for implementing the DPRK-U.S. joint statement, some high-level officials within the U.S. administration are making baseless allegations against us and making desperate attempts at intensifying the international sanctions and pressure.
Expecting any result, while insulting the dialogue partner and throwing cold water over our sincere efforts for building confidence which can be seen as a precondition for implementing the DPRK-U.S. joint statement, is indeed a foolish act that amounts to waiting to see a boiled egg hatch out.
The international society is struck by this shameless and impertinent behavior of the U.S., and we also closely follow the U.S. behavior with high vigilance against their intentions.
As long as the U.S. denies even the basic decorum for its dialogue partner and clings to the outdated acting script which the previous administrations have all tried and failed, one cannot expect any progress in the implementation of the DPRK-U.S. joint statement including the denuclearization, and furthermore, there is no guarantee that the hard-won atmosphere of stability on the Korean Peninsula will continue.
We remain unchanged in our will to uphold the intentions of the top leaders of the DPRK and the U.S. and to build trust and implement in good faith the DPRK-U.S. joint statement step by step. The U.S. should, even at this belated time, respond to our sincere efforts in a corresponding manner. -0-
Chairmen of June 15 All-Korean Committee Meet
Pyongyang, June 25 KCNA) -- The chairmen of the north, south and overseas sides of All-Korean Committee for Implementation of June 15 Joint Declaration (June 15 All-Korean Committee) met here on June 21-22 to implement the historic Panmunjom Declaration.
Attending the meeting were members of the North Side Committee led by Chairman Pak Myong Chol, a delegation of the South Side Committee led by its Permanent Representative Ri Chang Bok and a delegation of the Overseas Side Committee led by Chairman Son Hyong Gun.
At the meeting they unanimously stressed that the north-south summit held in June 2000 for the first time after national division and the adoption of the June 15 joint declaration were a great national event which put an end to the history of mistrust and confrontation and ushered in a new era of the national reconciliation, unity, peace and reunification.
They expressed resolve to conduct a brisk movement for implementing the Panmunjom Declaration, saying that the present era is a new high stage of the June 15 era of reunification, and made an agreement on the following issues:
1. June 15 All-Korean Committee decided to hold fast to the June 15 joint declaration and its successor Panmunjom Declaration as a reunification milestone common to the nation and press ahead with the pan-national movement for implementation of the declaration and thus positively promote the national reconciliation and unity.
It decided to firmly adhere to the principle of national independence that the Korean nation decides its destiny by itself, in all activities for the improvement of the north-south relations and the national reunification.
It decided to proactively wage a campaign for defusing the military tension and removing the danger of war on the Korean Peninsula and resolutely reject any act obstructive to the implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration.
2. June 15 All-Korean Committee decided to launch a nationwide movement for supporting and implementing the Panmunjom Declaration with all Koreans at home and abroad.
It decided to hold joint national events with splendor on the anniversaries common to the nation such as the 11th anniversary of the October 4 declaration and actively promote visits, contacts and solidarity activities among the organizations of different circles, sections and regions in the north and the south and abroad, with a view to revving up the atmosphere for the implementation of the Panmunjom Declaration among all Koreans.
It decided to discuss the issue of holding August 15 joint national event, depending on the situation.
June 15 All-Korean Committee decided to make every effort for realizing a pan-national grand meeting for reunification.
It decided to jointly stage strong actions to make the Japanese authorities ensure the national rights and interests of Koreans in Japan and liquidate all the crimes committed against the Korean nation.
3. June 15 All-Korean Committee decided to expand itself as required by a new era of history.
It discussed the need to add the issue of implementing the Panmunjom Declaration to its statute and agreed to decide it at the meeting of June 15 All-Korean Committee in the future.
The participants in the meeting agreed to hold the meeting of June 15 All-Korean Committee on a regular basis at the beginning of every year and discuss the orientation of the movement for national reunification. -0-
Pomminryon Calls for Nation-wide Struggle for Implementing Panmunjom Declaration
Pyongyang, June 2 (KCNA) -- The north, south and overseas headquarters of the Pan-national Alliance for Korea's Reunification (Pomminryon) released a joint resolution on Saturday.
Stressing that the "Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Reunification of the Korean Peninsula" adopted at Panmunjom on April 27, 2018 is a historic landmark for ushering in a new era of independent reunification by carrying forward the July 4 joint statement, the June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration, the resolution said:
The north, south and overseas headquarters of Pomminryon pledges as follows, hailing together with 80 million Koreans the historic Panmunjom declaration and reflecting the firm will to implement as early as possible this valuable agreement common to the nation;
1. We will positively put in practice the Panmunjom declaration, a new landmark for independent reunification.
Pomminryon will strictly reject the outsiders' interference and arbitrary practices threatening the destiny of all Koreans, open up a new era of independent reunification only in the principle and spirit of By Our Nation Itself, and actively work to establish a mechanism for permanent and durable peace of the Korean peninsula.
2. We will arrange a joint national event involving all circles of people without fail to lay a foundation for holding a great pan-national gathering for reunification.
Pomminryon will make the joint national events specified in the Panmunjom Declaration successful ones, and thus rev up the atmosphere for north-south reconciliation and cooperation and demonstrate the stronger will to achieve the great national unity and independent reunification.
Pomminryon will provide a foundation for the successful great pan-national gathering for reunification in the future by successfully hosting joint national events.
3. We will strive to immediately resolve the humanitarian issue caused by national division and make non-governmental exchange and cooperation brisk.
Pomminryon will make efforts to urgently settle the humanitarian matters caused by the national division and confrontation and vitalize non-governmental exchange and cooperation.
4. We will work hard to get all legal and institutional mechanisms disturbing national reconciliation and unity abrogated and to have the south headquarters of Pomminryon legitimized.
Pomminryon will strive to get the "Security Law", the biggest obstacle to national reconciliation and unity and development of the north-south relations, abrogated as early as possible.
5. Pomminryon will positively work to get the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK withdrawn and a peace treaty concluded.
The north, south and overseas headquarters of Pomminryon will more vigorously stage a nation-wide campaign for implementing the historic Panmunjom Declaration by pooling efforts of all Koreans. -0-
Press Statement by Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of DPRK
Pyongyang, May 24 (KCNA) -- Choe Son Hui, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK, issued the following press statement on Thursday:
At an interview with Fox News on May 21, U.S. Vice-President Pence made unbridled and impudent remarks that north Korea might end like Libya, military option for north Korea never came off the table, the U.S. needs complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization, and so on.
As a person involved in the U.S. affairs, I cannot suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing out from the mouth of the U.S. vice-president.
If he is vice-president of "single superpower" as is in name, it will be proper for him to know even a little bit about the current state of global affairs and to sense to a certain degree the trends in dialogue and the climate of d?tente.
We could surmise more than enough what a political dummy he is as he is trying to compare the DPRK, a nuclear weapon state, to Libya that had simply installed a few items of equipment and fiddled around with them.
Soon after the White House National Security Adviser Bolton made the reckless remarks, Vice-President Pence has again spat out nonsense that the DPRK would follow in Libya's footstep. It is to be underlined, however, that in order not to follow in Libya's footstep, we paid a heavy price to build up our powerful and reliable strength that can defend ourselves and safeguard peace and security in the Korean peninsula and the region.
In view of the remarks of the U.S. high-ranking politicians who have not yet woken up to this stark reality and compare the DPRK to Libya that met a tragic fate, I come to think that they know too little about us.
To borrow their words, we can also make the U.S. taste an appalling tragedy it has neither experienced nor even imagined up to now.
Before making such reckless threatening remarks without knowing exactly who he is facing, Pence should have seriously considered the terrible consequences of his words.
It is the U.S. who has asked for dialogue, but now it is misleading the public opinion as if we have invited them to sit with us. I only wonder what is the ulterior motive behind its move and what is it the U.S. has calculated to gain from that.
We will neither beg the U.S. for dialogue nor take the trouble to persuade them if they do not want to sit together with us.
Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States.
In case the U.S. offends against our goodwill and clings to unlawful and outrageous acts, I will put forward a suggestion to our supreme leadership for reconsidering the DPRK-U.S. summit. -0-