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  • Foreign Ministry Issues Memorandum on N-Issue  
      Pyongyang, April 21 (KCNA) -- The DPRK Foreign Ministry, in a memorandum issued on the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula on Wednesday, underscored the need to get a correct understanding of how nuclearization started on the peninsula and what was the root cause of it if a solution to the denuclearization of the peninsula is to be found with proper understanding of its essence. According to the memorandum, no nation in the world has been exposed to the nuclear threat so directly and for so long time as the Koreans. Koreans were the second biggest victims of the U.S. A-bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki next to Japanese as they directly suffered from them.
    So, A-bomb threat made by the U.S. during the last Korean War was a nightmare in the true sense of the word. This nuclear blackmail resulted in the mass exodus of "A-bomb-driven refugees" from the north to the south in the Korean Peninsula during the war.
    The DPRK has invariably maintained the policy not to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states or threaten them with nukes as long as they do not join nuclear weapons states in invading or attacking it.
    The process of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula clarified in the September 19 Joint Statement adopted at the six-party talks in 2005 called for totally eliminating substantial nuclear threats posed to the peninsula from outside in a verifiable manner, thereby turning the whole Korean Peninsula into a nuclear-free zone on that basis. The denuclearization presupposes confidence-building. An earlier conclusion of a peace treaty on the Korean Peninsula still in the state of ceasefire would help build confidence needed for denuclearization as early as possible.  [Nuclear weapons]
  • DPRK on Reasonable Way for Sept. 19 Joint Statement
    Pyongyang, January 18 (KCNA) -- The DPRK's proposal for concluding a peace treaty is a reasonable way for comprehensively and fully implementing the September 19 Joint Statement, declared a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK in a statement issued Monday. If the joint statement is to be implemented, the spirit of mutual respect and equality, which keeps the statement vital, should not be violated and there should not be such practice as distorting the order of action, the statement said, and went on: The joint statement calls for "harmoniously" settling the issues of denuclearization, normalization of relations, energy compensation and the establishment of a peace-keeping regime. There is no agreed point that the issue of establishing a peace-keeping regime can be discussed only when denuclearization makes progress. Only the principle of "commitment for commitment" and "action for action" is laid down as the only principle for implementing the joint statement. Taking the situation of the U.S. side into consideration, the DPRK made such magnanimous efforts as keeping the discussion of denuclearization ahead of the debate on the issue of concluding a peace treaty at the six-party talks for more than six years. In 2008 the international community witnessed the blowing up of the cooling tower of the nuclear facility in Nyongbyon. The process of denuclearization made such substantial progress that the U.S. stopped applying the Trading with the Enemy Act and de-listed the DPRK as a "sponsor of terrorism". [NK US policy] [JS050919] [Satellite] [Sanctions]

  • Second-Phase Actions for the Implementation of the Joint Statement
    Full text of joint document of the second session of the sixth round six-party talks
    October 04, 2007 A joint document, named the Second-Phase Actions for the Implementation of the Joint Statement, was released here Wednesday after a two-day recess of the second session of the sixth round of the six-party talks. The full text is as follows:….

  • Sixth Session of Second Phase of Six-party Talks Held
    Pyongyang, October 5 (KCNA) -- The sixth session of the second phase of the six-party talks was held in Beijing from Sept. 27 to 30. The session reviewed the implementation of February 13 agreement, the first-phase measure for the implementation of the September 19, 2005 joint statement for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and discussed the next-phase goals and commitments of the six parties before adopting a joint document. According to the joint document made public on October 3, the U.S. decided to take such political measures as delisting the DPRK as a terrorism sponsor and putting an end to the application of the Trading with the Enemy Act in return for the DPRK's neutralization of its nuclear facilities by the end of 2007 on the principle of "action for action" and the five parties decided to wind up the economic compensation equivalent to one million tons of heavy fuel oil whose supply has already started and is now underway under February 13 agreement.

    Agreement of 13 February 2007
    Initial Actions for the Implementation of the Joint Statement

  • Joint Statement of 19 September 2005

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