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DPRK's Stand on Satellite Launch for Peaceful Purposes Re-clarified

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

Pyongyang, March 26 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave the following answer to the question raised by KCNA Thursday as regards the March 24 statement clarifying the DPRK's stand on its satellite launch for peaceful purposes:

In the statement we sternly warned that if such hostile act is committed in the name of the UN Security Council as to infringe upon the sovereignty of the DPRK while denying its right to peaceful use of space, it will just mean the UNSC's denial of the September 19 joint statement.

Some media are, however, releasing reports with a deliberate misinterpretation that the hostile act of the UNSC would be confined only to such strong measures as application of "sanctions" and adoption of "a resolution" against the DPRK.

Lurking behind this is a foolish ploy of the hostile forces to blame the DPRK's satellite launch in the name of the UNSC and avoid its consequences under any circumstances.

We would like to remind once again that there are not a few countries in the world that launched satellites but the UNSC has never dealt with nor taken issue with the satellite launches by other individual countries.

The UNSC's discussion on the DPRK's projected satellite launch for peaceful purposes itself, to say nothing of its adoption of any document containing even a single word critical of the launch whether in the form of a "presidential statement" or a "press statement", will be regarded as a blatant hostile act against the DPRK.

The moment the September 19 joint statement is ignored due to such act the six-party talks will come to an end, all the processes for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, which have been pushed forward so far, will be brought back to what used to be before their start and necessary strong measures will be taken.

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