DPRK Government's Efforts for Peaceful Solution to Nuclear Issue

Reprinted from the Korean Central News Agency.

Pyongyang, January 11 (KCNA) -- One year has passed since the DPRK formally withdrew from the NPT. Last year the DPRK government made every effort to seek a peaceful solution to the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula.

After the DPRK government's statement on its withdrawal from the NPT was made public on January 10, Juche 92 (2003) the United States, persistently turning away from the DPRK proposal for concluding a non-aggression treaty with the U.S., has viciously moved to create an international atmosphere of pressurizing the DPRK by misleading the public opinion over its peaceful nuclear activities.

The DPRK government has disclosed and denounced the injustice and shamelessness of the imperialist allied forces' hostile policy towards it through statements of the Foreign Ministry spokesmen.

At a time when the U.S. imperialists made the Iraqi war of aggression a fait accompli, reinforced the armed forces for aggression in and around the Korean peninsula and launched frantic war drills to threaten the DPRK with an attempt to make a preemptive nuclear attack under the pretext of "contingency," the DPRK declared all the U.S. moves as a complete abrogation of the Armistice Agreement through a statement of a spokesman for the Panmunjom Mission of the Korean People's Army and took a resolute military measure.

And when laying international siege to the DPRK, military pressure and nuclear threat did not go down any longer, the U.S. could not but change its former stand "No negotiation but talk" and come out to the negotiating table in response to the DPRK's just demand.

The DPRK government put forward a new and bold proposal for the settlement of the nuclear issue between the DPRK and the U.S. at the Beijing tripartite talks in April last year with a view to materialising denuclearization of the Korean peninsula at any cost and ensuring peace and security.

Thanks to the initiative proposal and positive efforts of the DPRK government the Beijing 6-way talks was arranged in August 8 last year amid the expectation and concern of the world peace-loving people. But owing to the foolish and brigandish assertion of the U.S. who had no willing to drop its hostile policy towards the DPRK, the talks did so much harm but not any good.

The DPRK government at the 1st Session of the 11th Supreme People's Assembly solemnly declared at home and abroad that it would keep strengthening self-defensive means to check the nuclear preemptive attack of the U.S. and ensure peace and security on the Korean peninsula and the region in an effort to cope with the reckless moves of the U.S. Even under the situation in which the U.S. legalised research into smaller nukes against the DPRK and allocated a large amount of budget to it, the DPRK government repeatedly expressed its will to freeze its nuclear activity. And it proposed a package solution based on the principle of simultaneous actions as a basic way of settling the nuclear issue and provided a framework of resuming the 6-way talks to agree at least on the action program of the first stage.

The DPRK's just proposals for the settlement of the nuclear issue have been supported worldwide.

The 13th summit meeting of the non-aligned countries held in February last year in its final document expressed the unanimous view on settling the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula by the parties concerned by a means of dialogue and negotiation.

The world is now watching whether the U.S. has a true will to settle the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula on the principle of simultaneous actions and peaceful co-existence.