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Elimination of Leftovers of Cold War Era Called for

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

Pyongyang, April 28 (KCNA) -- It presents itself as an urgent requirement of the times to eliminate the leftovers of the Cold War era on the Korean Peninsula at present, says Rodong Sinmun Wednesday in a signed article.

The tense situation and danger of a war prevailing on the peninsula are attributable to such leftovers of the Cold War era as the Korean Armistice Agreement (AA) and the U.S.-south Korea "Mutual Defense Treaty", the article says, and goes on:

They should have been eliminated from the peninsula along with the demise of the Cold War.

The tense situation in the region is just like a time bomb ready to go off any moment as it poses a constant threat to peace and security in Northeast Asia and, furthermore, in the Asia-Pacific region.

Only when the leftovers of the Cold War era are eliminated from the peninsula is it possible to turn it into a peace zone free from the danger of a war, stabilize the situation in Northeast Asia and create conditions and environment favorable for peace and security in Asia and the rest of the world.

The replacement of the AA by a peace treaty is a precondition for defusing the hostile relations between the DPRK and the U.S. and, furthermore, averting a war and bringing peace to the peninsula.

How to approach the issue of concluding a peace treaty serves as a touchstone judging whether one stands for lasting peace of the world including the Korean Peninsula and the rest of Asia or not.

The U.S. should make a bold decision to fulfill its responsibility for eliminating the leftovers of the Cold War era from the peninsula.

The U.S. will stand more bitterly rejected and censured internally and externally and invite international isolation and destruction if it tries to keep them, persistently turning away from the voices of the Korean and other peoples of the world demanding their earlier elimination.

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