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DPRK's Stance on Nuclear Disarmament Clarified

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

    Pyongyang, March 11 (KCNA) -- A DPRK delegate, addressing the plenary meeting of the Geneva disarmament conference on March 2, clarified the view of the DPRK that the nuclear disarmament is the most crucial and primary task before the conference and the international community. Noting that the negative nuclear policy and nuclear doctrine affecting the international relations and the nuclear threat and blackmail are causing serious misgiving to the international community and creating instability, mistrust and adverse consequences, he went on: Now the principle of equal sovereignty laid down in the UN Charter is not being respected and inequality and imbalance persist in the international relations. This is chiefly attributable to the unjust nuclear policy and nuclear doctrine. Such practices as preserving and bolstering one's own nukes, while hamstringing the nuclear activities of other countries are little short of rejecting the establishment of fair and equal international relations.
    It is impossible to eradicate the hotbed of the nuclear proliferation as long as such nuclear doctrine and nuclear threat persist.
    It is necessary to do away with the viewpoint that the existing inequality and imbalance caused by dint of force in the international relations are "useful". Nuclear disarmament is a key point in disarmament.
    The DPRK can not agree with the view that it is "unrealistic" to demand the modification of the negative nuclear doctrine right now.
    It is essential and urgent to put into practice such matters as the withdrawal of the doctrine on nuclear upper hand, the removal of nuclear threat, a halt to the research into the qualitative improvement of nukes, the pullback of nuclear forces from other countries, the withdrawal of nuclear umbrella provided to other countries and the guarantee for the non-use of nukes for the total elimination of nukes as immediate tasks. The DPRK is of the view that it is possible to start the negotiations for nuclear disarmament in this direction.
    It supports the proposal to set up a special committee on nuclear disarmament and start the negotiations for it.

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