calendar>>October 22. 2008 Juche 97
End to U.S. Nuclear Threat to DPRK Called for
Pyongyang, October 21 (KCNA) --The U.S. nuclear threat to the DPRK should be ended and the former's hostile policy toward the latter be withdrawn definitely if the Korean Peninsula is to be denuclearized, said a DPRK delegate in a speech at the meeting of the First Committee of the 63rd UN General Assembly on Oct. 13.

Noting that the situation in Northeast Asia centering around the Korean Peninsula still remains tense, he recalled that there are ceaseless developments that arouse concern as evidenced by the undisguised large-scale joint military exercises aimed at mounting a preemptive nuclear attack on the DPRK being staged behind the scene of dialogue and the moves taking place to integrate the U.S.-Japan military alliance and the U.S.-south Korea military alliance.

He went on:

The option taken by the DPRK to have access to nuclear deterrent was attributable to the U.S. deep-rooted hostile policy and its policy of nuclear threat to the DPRK that have persisted for more than half a century.

Referring to the steadfast stand and sincere efforts of the DPRK government to seek a peaceful negotiated settlement of the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula, he said:

In order to ensure sustainable peace and security of the world, it is necessary, first of all, to totally eliminate all the nuclear weapons from the earth.

The high-handed nuclear policy based on double standards is the main factor of reducing the disarmament conventions including NPT to dead ones devoid of binding force and driving the world to a nuclear arms race.

It is entirely thanks to the DPRK's independent politics and Songun politics that a war is averted and peace is preserved on the peninsula and the region at present.

The DPRK will in the future, too, make persevering efforts to ensure peace and security there.

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