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KCNA Terms U.S. Assertion about Financial Sanctions Self- Contradictory

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

    Pyongyang, April 24 (KCNA) -- The U.S. is now standing more strongly censured by the world public than ever before as the U.S. assertion about financial sanctions against the DPRK proved hypocritical. Hill, assistant secretary of State who is head of the U.S. delegation to the six-way talks, addressing the recent Tokyo international seminar on Northeast Asian Security, repeated the assertion that financial sanctions against north Korea are a separate issue from the six-way talks.
    But, after flying into Seoul right after the seminar, he blustered that the U.S. would closely monitor north Korea's financial transaction unless the latter dismantles its nuclear weapons.
    The hypocritical nature of the U.S. oft-repeated assertion has thus been fully revealed by its self-contradictory statements.
    The world community is deeply concerned about the six-way talks that remain stalled due to the U.S. pressure and sanctions against its dialogue partner and some people even assert that the talks are useless.
    It is against this backdrop that the U.S. seeks to calm down the worldwide criticism of the deadlocked talks and shift the blame for it on to the DPRK by floating groundless misinformation.
    The recent remarks of Hill can be neither an expression of his individual view nor a misstatement. It is no exaggeration to say that they represented an official stand of the U.S.
    In this regard, the world public censured the U.S., saying what Hill uttered is different from its previous stand that financial sanctions are an issue separate from the nuclear issue but related to the U.S. financial interests only.
    The inconsistent assertions and statements recently made by U.S. officials over its financial sanctions against the DPRK and its double standards in dealing with the nuclear issue reveal the reactionary nature of the U.S. foreign policy characterized by lies and deception.
    Explicitly speaking once again, financial sanctions against the DPRK are an issue directly related to the six-way talks for a solution to the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula.
    The nuclear issue surfaced due to the U.S. hostile policy towards the DPRK, a policy aimed at denying its ideology and system and imposing Washington's ideology and system upon it. It is, therefore, the key to its solution for the U.S. to renounce its hostile policy and opt for coexistence with the DPRK.
    It is hard to expect any solution to the nuclear issue unless the U.S. makes a policy switchover.
    The U.S. financial sanctions against the DPRK are an obstacle to the resumption of the six-way talks.
    There is no ground for the U.S. to refuse lifting the sanctions, if it truly hopes for the six-way talks.

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