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DPRK to Fulfill Its Commitment to Maritime Security and Protection of Sea Environment

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

    Pyongyang, November 29 (KCNA) -- The DPRK will as ever fulfill its noble duty in the work for the maritime security and the protection of sea environment as a member state of the International Maritime Organization. The head of the DPRK delegation to the 24th general assembly of the organization said this in his speech made on Nov. 22 One of the important issues pending solution in the maritime field is to ensure coordination and impartiality in the way of implementing the standard of the organization, he noted, and went on:
    If the regulations of the maritime law to be newly adopted and effectuated are to be effectively implemented it is necessary to steadily narrow down the disparity among its member countries in the level of their development and capacity to implement them and to this end it is necessary to rejuvenate the organization's aid projects for creating the technological capability of the developing countries.
    Last year the organization's technological aid surpassed the $ 14 million mark. This can be viewed as a very positive development but it is necessary to steadily increase the technological aid in the next fiscal year.
    The organization should not allow all forms of illegal acts of infringing upon the free navigation of sovereign states' ships and crews' personal safety under the pretext of combating "maritime terrorism" and unfair treatment toward ships and crew of other member states in a bid to achieve an unreasonable political aims.
    The DPRK government has exerted great efforts to increase the capability of its maritime institution and taken necessary measures for it.

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