North Korea Warns U.S. Against Reckless Provocation

The following is excerpted from an article published on December 16 by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Now that the United States is provoking the DPRK under an unreasonable pretext in pursuance of expansion of the "anti-terror war," the DPRK cannot but make preparations to counter it.

Some days ago, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of State said North Korea's "proliferation of missiles" is worrisome and the development and export of ballistic missiles, as well as nuclear inspection, should be discussed in the DPRK-U.S. dialogue.

The U.S. is going to use dialogue with the DPRK as a lever of pressure and an opportunity to find a pretext for military provocation. There is neither condition, nor need, for the DPRK to accept the "nuclear inspection..."

The DPRK development of missiles is for self-defensive purposes and, accordingly, leaves no room for doubt...If the DPRK is called a "rogue state" for the production of missiles for defensive means, the U.S., which has stored up different kinds and sizes of missiles and nuclear weapons, should be termed the biggest aggressor state and war force in the world.

The U.S. intends to escalate pressure on the DPRK and unleash a war when the opportunity presents itself. It regards "anti-terrorism" as a good pretext.

The U.S. bellicose forces are hatching up plots and operation plans to attack the DPRK under the pretext of "controlling the proliferation of weapons of mass-destruction," and "anti-terrorism."

It is the revolutionary position and principle of the DPRK to oppose war, safeguard peace, and defend sovereignty.