U.S. and North Korea Move Closer on Anti-terrorism Stance
Office of the Spokesman U.S. Department of State October 6, 2000 Statement by Richard Boucher, Spokesman Joint U.S.-DPRK Statement on International Terrorism Washington, D.C. The United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea held a series of talks in March, August, and October 2000, at which the two sides expressed their views on the issue of international terrorism. At the talks, the two sides agreed that international terrorism poses an unacceptable threat to global security and peace, and that terrorism should be opposed in all its forms, including terrorist acts involving chemical, biological, or nuclear devices or materials. During the talks, the DPRK side affirmed that, as a matter of official policy and as its government has stated previously, it opposes all forms of terrorism against any country or individual. The DPRK noted that it was the responsibility of every UN member state to refrain from organizing, instigating, facilitating, financing, encouraging, or tolerating terrorist activities. On the basis of their common concerns about the threat of terrorism to international peace and stability, the two sides underscored their commitment to support the international legal regime combating international terrorism and to cooperate with each other in taking effective measures to fight against terrorism. The sides shared the view that such measures included not providing material support or resources, including safehaven, to terrorists and terrorist groups, bringing terrorists to justice, and fighting terrorist acts against the safety of civil aviation and maritime navigation. The two sides joined in encouraging all UN member states to sign and become a party to all twelve UN counterterrorism conventions. As a demonstration of their cooperation in the fight against international terrorism, the US and the DPRK intend to exchange information regarding international terrorism and to resolve outstanding issues in this regard between the two sides. Taking account of the DPRK's opposition to international terrorism, the U.S. side noted that, as the DPRK satisfactorily addresses the requirements of U.S. law, the U.S. will work in cooperation with the DPRK with the aim of removing the DPRK from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
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