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Establishment of Peace-Keeping Regime Called for

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

Pyongyang, July 27 (KCNA) -- Such conspiratorial farce as the "Cheonan" case put the hostile relations between the DPRK and the U.S. to the worst phase and drove the situation on the Korean Peninsula to the brink of war in a moment. It is the basic way of bringing this grave situation under control to replace the outdated Armistice Agreement by a new peace treaty as early as possible so as to establish a lasting peace-keeping regime on the peninsula. Minju Joson Tuesday observes this in a signed commentary.

After orchestrating such farce as the "Cheonan" case the U.S. kicked off large-scale joint military maneuvers targeted against the DPRK under that pretext, leading the situation to an extreme phase, the commentary notes, adding that this is aimed at putting the whole of Korea under its control by means of war and using the peninsula as a military springboard for launching Asian aggression.

Due to the U.S. hostile policy towards the DPRK its nuclear threat to the peninsula has further increased, far from decreasing, the commentary notes, and goes on: In order to bring the process of denuclearization of the peninsula back on its orbit it is necessary to pay primary attention to building confidence between the DPRK and the U.S., the principal parties concerned with the nuclear issue, and to this end it is essential to put an end to the state of armistice, the root cause of the hostile relations between the two countries, and conclude a peace treaty to begin with.

Now is the time for the U.S. to make a decision to replace the AA which exists in name only with a peace treaty. If the U.S. truly stands for settling the issue of the peninsula, it will not be hard for it to conclude a peace treaty and the denuclearization process will make rapid progress.

Everything depends on the stand and attitude of the U.S.

It should not evade its heavy responsibility as the arch criminal that strained the situation on the peninsula and sparked off a nuclear crisis but respond to the DPRK's just call for replacing the AA with a peace treaty as early as possible.

Doing so is beneficial not only to the peace and security in Northeast Asia and the rest of the world but to the U.S.

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