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KCNA Urges U.S. to Drop Its Biased Nuclear Policy

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

    Pyongyang, March 11 (KCNA) -- The U.S. biased nuclear policy is upsetting the general view of the international community on the energy issue. The U.S. is still working hard to completely block the DPRK's nuclear activities for a peaceful purpose although it talks about the provision of nuclear technology and fuel for a civilian purpose and the like to those countries outside the NPT. The public opinion is focused on the question as to why the U.S. takes an uncompromising hard-line stand toward some countries and why it zealously protects and encourages some countries over the nuclear issue.
    The U.S. has long shut its eyes to its allies or those countries in which it is interested over the matter of R&D for nuclear weapons and its intensification and covertly helped them, unhesitatingly transferring even nuclear technology to those countries although they are outside the NPT.
    This notwithstanding, it urged the other countries to strictly observe the NPT and has applied sanctions against them in a coercive manner.
    The U.S. not only insists that those countries incurring its displeasure including the DPRK be denied access to nuclear technology including that for a civilian use but threatens that it would not rule out a preemptive nuclear attack on them. This proves that the U.S. call for nuclear non-proliferation is nothing but sophism intended to pressurize other countries to meet its own interests. The U.S. biased application of double standards concerning the settlement of major international issues found a clear manifestation in the issue of providing light water reactors (LWRs) to the DPRK.
    The U.S. declared the complete stop of their construction despite its commitment to provide them under the DPRK-U.S. Agreed Framework. Even at the six-party talks it opposed the provision of the LWRs, a cornerstone for building confidence, imposing unacceptable conditionality upon the DPRK, and pressurized it to completely stop its on-going peaceful nuclear activities.
    The U.S. demand is a wanton violation of the sovereignty of the DPRK and a brigandish practice in view of the current trend of the world toward the development of nuclear energy for peaceful use and even in view of the fact that it is the legitimate right of the sovereign and independent countries to conduct nuclear activities for a peaceful purpose.
    How can the Korean people cave in to the outsiders' pressure and give up the independent nuclear energy industry which they have built up for decades, tightening their belts.
    Now that the U.S. has completely given up its commitment to the provision of the LWRs the DPRK can never stop its peaceful nuclear activities even a moment. It is quite intolerable for the U.S. to overlook nuclear issues of some countries, treating them in a friendly manner, and unconditionally reject some countries over nuclear issues, seeking its own interests.
    The U.S. nuclear policy aimed at meeting its own interests away from impartiality and equality has only earned distrust of the international community and the U.S. dictation of this or that in the nuclear issue would get it nowhere.
    The U.S. attempt at totally blocking the DPRK's nuclear activities for a peaceful purpose will not be favored by the world people as it is quite unfair. The U.S. should recognize the right of all countries to use .nuclear technology for a peaceful purpose.
    It is our assertion that the DPRK should be treated the same way as those countries possessing nuclear weapons outside the NPT are done.

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