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DPRK Fully Ready for Dialogue and War: Spokesman for Its Foreign Ministry

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

Pyongyang, March 9 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to the question raised by KCNA on Tuesday as regards the start of Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises in south Korea:

The U.S. and south Korean authorities finally kicked off nuclear war exercises aimed at mounting a preemptive attack on the DPRK defying its repeated warnings and the concern of the international community.

They launched such large-scale war exercises at a time when the DPRK government advanced an important proposal for building a lasting peace-keeping regime on the Korean Peninsula. This cannot be interpreted otherwise than a grave provocation. It is an act of chilling the efforts to realize the denuclearization of the peninsula.

This fact indicates that though there was a regime change in the U.S. there is no change in the U.S. administration's hostile policy towards the DPRK, a policy to bring down by force the ideology and system chosen by its people. The U.S. is leaving no means untried to bring down the DPRK including military threat, economic sanctions and ideological and cultural poisoning.

Military threat and economic sanctions cannot go with dialogue based on equality and they are incompatible with the process for denuclearization, in particular. Without a peace treaty it is impossible to defuse the military confrontation on the Korean Peninsula and it can never be denuclearized unless this confrontation is put to an end. The justice of the DPRK's proposal for concluding a peace treaty has been proved once again.

The DPRK is fully ready for dialogue and war. It will continue bolstering up its nuclear deterrent as long as the U.S. military threats and provocations go on.

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