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Respect for Independence Called for
Pyongyang, December 14 (KCNA) -- To maintain independence is one of the fundamental principles to be abided by to establish fair international relations. Rodong Sinmun Sunday says this in a signed article.

If fair international relations are to be established and developed, it is necessary to protect independence and respect it to ensure that all countries and nations protect and meet their interests and requirements, the article observes, and goes on:

Only when countries and nations firmly maintain independence can they settle all the problems arising in the international relations in their interests and in the interests common to humankind. It is the way of exalting the dignity and honor of the nation to maintain independence.

Any country unable to adhere to independence and pursue an independent foreign policy, though it has sovereignty and territory, cannot claim to be a sovereign state, in fact.

All countries are interested in the development of the international relations and the world civilization as equal members of the international community. Respect for sovereignty provides a basic guarantee for the independence, peace and development of the world.

It is possible for all the countries and people to establish the relations of good neighborliness and friendship and achieve common prosperity and development irrespective of ideology and system only when they stand for abiding by the principle of respect for sovereignty.

It is the consistent foreign policy stand and principle of the DPRK to establish and boost the relations of good neighborliness and friendship and cooperation with all the countries that respect its sovereignty. The strong political and military potentials the Workers' Party and people of the DPRK have built by thoroughly implementing the revolutionary line of independence provide a sure guarantee for safeguarding the country's sovereignty and the gains of the revolution, successfully pushing forward the building of a great prosperous powerful socialist nation and frustrating the imperialists' moves for aggression and intervention.

The DPRK's principled and fair and aboveboard stand and attitude calling for the development of the international relations based on respect for sovereignty are putting spurs to establishing sound international relations and ensuring world peace and stability and achieving prosperity and progress.

The DPRK will make positive efforts to establish and develop the fair international relations on the principle of independence in keeping with the requirement and trend of the present times and thus contribute to the cause of global independence and peace of humankind, concludes the article.

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