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U.S. "Annual Report on Religious Freedom" Rebuffed

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

    Pyongyang, November 22 (KCNA) -- The United States in a recent "annual report on religious freedom" in different countries of the world listed eight countries including the DPRK as "states suppressing religion," charging that those countries are still suppressing religious freedom. Rodong Sinmun Tuesday observes in a signed commentary in this regard: This is part of the U.S. moves to tarnish the image of the DPRK and isolate and stifle anti-U.S. countries one by one.
    The U.S. authorities have found fault with the religious views and faith criticizing or refusing to accept the American-style bourgeois view on value and life style, persecuted, arrested and killed religionists for offering resistance to the U.S., discontent with its anti-popular and unequal state and social system. They have not hesitated to suppress and kill foreign religionists.
    The United States has dared slander the DPRK and list it as a "state suppressing religion" from its self-righteous and hostile point of view. This is an open interference in the internal affairs of the DPRK and a political provocation to it. This is, at the same time, a violation of the joint statement adopted at the fourth six-way talks that calls for respect for sovereignty and peaceful co-existence.
    Since the publication of the joint statement the U.S. administration has increased its pressure upon its dialogue partner as evidenced by its steps to apply sanctions against the DPRK such as financial sanctions in contravention of the spirit and requirements of the statement. Meanwhile, a whole string of remarks intended to interfere in the internal affairs of the DPRK is heard from among senior U.S. officials, a serious provocation to it. The U.S. diatribe against the DPRK over its "religious issue" is an extension of its smear campaign.
    These facts prompt the DPRK to judge that the U.S. administration feels very uncomfortable with the joint statement and deliberately lay obstacles to its implementation.
    If the U.S. truly wants the implementation of the joint statement for denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula it should stop its hostile sanctions and pressure campaign against the DPRK.

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