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Spokesman for DPRK Foreign Ministry on U.S. Rumour over Nuclear Issue


    Pyongyang, October 16 (KCNA) -- The Bush administration is now spreading the rumour that it is preparing a sort of "concession proposal" to seek a peaceful solution to the nuclear issue. But its actual move is quite contrary to the discussion on any "concession" or "peaceful solution." A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK said this in an answer given to the question raised by KCNA today as regards the rumour floated by the U.S. over the nuclear issue. He continued:
    This contradictory move of the Bush administration makes it hard to discern whether its loudmouthed "peaceful solution" to the nuclear issue is a jugglery intended to shirk its responsibility for settling this issue between the DPRK and the U.S. or an artifice to buy time to win the presidential election in 2004.
    If the U.S. delays a solution to the nuclear issue to attain something before the presidential election, there will be nothing bad for us.
    During that time the DPRK will have enough time to perfect and strengthen necessary means which has already been opened to the public.
    We do not oppose dialogue itself in settling the nuclear issue between the DPRK and the U.S.
    There is still no change in the DPRK's stand that it will not stick to the format of dialogue if the U.S. shows a will to make a switchover in its policy towards the DPRK and truly intends to co-exist with it.
    What matters is that the Bush administration is persistently pursuing an aim to use talks for disarming the DPRK without any will to make a policy switchover.
    In fact, the position of the Bush administration at the Beijing six-way talks in August last and in the subsequent period suggests that the problem will be more complicated, far from finding a solution, even if the next round of the six-way talks is opened.
    The Bush administration listed the DPRK as "part of an axis of evil" and a "target of its preemptive nuclear attack." If it insists that the DPRK should "scrap its nuclear program first" and doggedly opposes the mode of simultaneous actions, the DPRK will have no alternative but to take measures to maintain and increase its nuclear deterrent force as means for just self-defence.
    It is entirely due to the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK that the nuclear issue surfaced between the DPRK and the U.S. and it has reached such worst phase.
    The United States, however, is working hard to create impression that the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula is a matter related to the relations between the DPRK and its surrounding countries in a bid to sidestep it and gradually shirk its responsibility for it.
    It is not in line with reality for some countries to talk about the resumption of the six-way talks only, failing to see through this ulterior motive of the U.S. and the essence of the nuclear issue and turning away from the U.S. invariable hostile policy toward the DPRK.
    Recently some people of the international community argued whether the DPRK possesses a nuclear deterrent force or not in an attempt to sound out its inmost thought. The DPRK, however, does not care about this.
    When an appropriate time comes, the DPRK will take a measure to open its nuclear deterrent to the public as a physical force and then there will be no need to have any more argument.

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