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DPRK Delegate Denounces U.S. Nuclear Doctrine

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

    Pyongyang, April 21 (KCNA) -- The DPRK delegate made a speech at a meeting of the UN Disarmament Commission on April 11. The proliferation of nuclear weapons is quite natural in the presence of nuclear weapons and the threat of their use, he said, adding: The U.S. nuclear doctrine is a practical obstacle in the way of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.
    Urging the nuclear weapon states to come to the conference table for a ban on nuclear weapons as demanded by the non-nuclear states including the non-aligned countries, he said: At the UN Security Council and disarmament bodies, the United States and its allies recently came out with the robber-like claim that the only thing that remained to be done was to block the proliferation of nuclear weapons as their nukes posed no threat, separating their nukes from the proliferation issue.
    The U.S., he went on, is pulling its full weight on the development of new nuclear weapons, declaring a preemptive nuclear attack their security strategy, and is applying double standards in its nuclear policy in favor of its interests. This doctrine of the U.S. is a total denial of the NPT and a threat to global peace and security. It will result in frustrating international nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation efforts and fanning up the nuclear arms race.
    The DPRK's possession of nuclear weapons is a legitimate right to defend its sovereignty today when the Bush administration listed it as part of an "axis of evil" and a "tyrannical" state and is getting all the more undisguised in its drive to overthrow it, he declared, and continued:.
    The DPRK cannot renounce nuclear weapons when the U.S. is intensifying nuclear war rehearsals to make a preemptive strike at it, ignoring the joint statement adopted at the 4th-round six-party talks. It will need not a single nuke when the U.S. abandons its hostile policy toward the DPRK and becomes able to co-exist with it. The U.S. should no more engage itself in erecting a roadblock in the way of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula but show its will in practice to fulfill its obligation laid down in the joint statement of the 4th-round six-party talks.

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