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DPRK's Stand on Six-party Talks Reclarified

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

    Pyongyang, March 2 (KCNA) -- We will go to the talks any time if the U.S. takes a trustworthy sincere attitude and moves to provide conditions and justification for the resumption of the six-party talks. The DPRK Foreign Ministry declared this in a lengthy memorandum released Wednesday to explain the reason why it maintains such stand on the talks. The memorandum cites concrete facts to prove that the U.S. is wholly to blame for the fact that the talks have not yet been resumed and the solution to the nuclear issue between the DPRK and the U.S. has been delayed.
    The following points have been stressed in the memorandum:
    The DPRK is left with no justification to sit at the negotiating table with the U.S. for the six-party talks or bilateral talks.
    The second-term Bush administration, just as it did in its first term, adopted it as its policy not to co-exist with the DPRK and bring down the system chosen by the Koreans themselves, thus eliminating any justification for the DPRK to participate in the six-party talks.
    Bush, instead of retracting his remarks listing the DPRK part of "an axis of evil," termed the government in the DPRK installed by its own people an "outpost of tyranny", singling it out as the object to be removed to the last, outcries worse than those remarks.
    How can we sit at the negotiating table with the U.S. given that the U.S. has rejected the government of the DPRK.
    The U.S. should apologize for his above-said remarks and withdraw them, renounce its hostile policy aimed at a regime change in the DPRK and clarify its political willingness to co-exist with the DPRK in peace and show it in practice.
    It is imperative for the U.S. to rebuild the groundwork of the six-party talks and create conditions and atmosphere for their resumption as quickly as possible.
    However, it has gone so shameless as to demand the DPRK come out to the six-party talks, asserting that there are mature conditions for them, while escalating political and diplomatic pressure and military threat to it.
    This reminds one of the "gunboat diplomacy" pursued by big countries to occupy smaller countries in the past 18th- 19th centuries.
    It is foolish of the U.S. to calculate that the DPRK will come out to the talks and yield to it under its military pressure.
    The DPRK's demand that the U.S. renounce its hostile policy toward the DPRK and rebuild the groundwork of the talks is not a precondition.
    If the U.S. truly wants a negotiated solution to the DPRK-U.S. nuclear issue, it should rebuild the groundwork of the talks it had destroyed unilaterally, renounce its hostile policy aimed at a regime change in the DPRK through practical actions and opt for co-existing with the DPRK.
    The DPRK urges the U.S. to make a switchover in its policy towards the DPRK.
    The DPRK's principled stand to achieve the goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and seek a negotiated peaceful settlement of the nuclear issue still remains unchanged.

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