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KCNA on Consistent Stand of DPRK Govt. to Denuclearize Korean Peninsula

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

Pyongyang, October 20 (KCNA) -- General Secretary Kim Jong Il in his answers to questions raised by ITAR-TASS of Russia on Oct. 13, 2011 clarified the principled stand on the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula and the resumption of the six-party talks.

The international situation is complicated and there are serious moves challenging peace at present.

The danger of war is increasing due to the imperialist and hegemonic forces on the Korean Peninsula, in particular.

The nuclear issue on the peninsula cropped up as the U.S. posed constant threat to the sovereignty and security of the Korean people.

Dialogues for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula took place from the 1990s thanks to the honest and sincere efforts exerted by the DPRK government. In this process such crucial bilateral and multilateral agreements as the DPRK-U.S. Agreed Framework and the September 19 joint statement were adopted.

But the implementation of these agreements were stopped halfway or completely derailed. The nuclear threat to the Korean Peninsula increased, far from dwindling.

The sovereignty keeps the country and the nation alive.

The DPRK was compelled to access nuclear deterrent to protect itself from the U.S. undisguised nuclear threat and its stepped-up hostile policy.

There was a consensus of views at the August DPRK-Russia summit meeting and talks to resume the six-party talks at an early date without preconditions and implement the September 19 joint statement in a comprehensive and balanced way on the principle of simultaneous actions.

This was a manifestation of the principled stand of the two countries to defend regional and global peace and security.

The stand and efforts of the two countries have commanded support and sympathy from the international community as they were after peace and security in Asia and the rest of the world and new, fair international order, opposed to high-handed practices, hegemony, aggression and war.

Peace on the Korean Peninsula is not a matter confined to the region only. No region in the world has been exposed to the greater danger of war than the Korean Peninsula even though there are many regions where tensions run high under complicated situation.

The U.S. envisages fighting a nuclear war in case it provokes a war on the peninsula. A nuclear war on the peninsula, where the interests of big powers are entwined, will easily spill over into surrounding countries and develop into a global thermo-nuclear war. This will bring disastrous nuclear holocaust to humankind.

The denuclearization of whole Korean Peninsula is a historical task for global peace and prosperity and development of all the countries and nations in the new century.

To bring the process for the denuclearization of the peninsula back to its track, it is necessary to pay primary attention to building trust between the DPRK and the U.S., parties directly responsible for the nuclear issue, and resume the six-party talks without preconditions at an early date.

Consistent is the stand of the DPRK to attain the goal of denuclearizing the peninsula through the six-party talks.

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