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Confidence-Building between DPRK and US Called for

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

Pyongyang, September 7 (KCNA) -- It is meaningless to talk about non-proliferation without nuclear disarmament in ensuring the world peace and security, said a delegate of the DPRK, addressing the plenary meeting of the Geneva Disarmament Conference on August 31.

He stressed that the role of the disarmament conference, the only multilateral disarmament negotiating forum, is very important for realizing nuclear disarmament.

Clarifying the views of the DPRK delegation for the success of the conference, he said:

Consistent is the stand of the DPRK government to build a solid peace-keeping regime and materialize the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

In order to bring the process for the denuclearization of the peninsula which suffered repeated frustrations and failures back on its orbit it is necessary to build confidence between the DPRK and the U.S., the main parties to the negotiations for the settlement of the nuclear issue.

Confidence-building between the DPRK and the U.S. is the most urgent and it is the key to settling the issue.

If confidence is to be built between the DPRK and the U.S. it is necessary to conclude, to begin with, a peace treaty for putting an end to the state of war, the source of their hostile relationship.

The conclusion of a peace treaty provides the only reasonable way for realizing the denuclearization of the peninsula.

Abnormal developments including various military exercises taking place in the peninsula and its vicinity prove the urgent necessity to conclude a peace treaty.

Had a solid peace-keeping regime been built already in the peninsula, the nuclear issue would not have cropped up nor would have the issue of denuclearization been raised.

The conclusion of a peace treaty would help put an end to the hostile relations between the DPRK and the U.S. and rapidly push forward the denuclearization of the peninsula.



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