calendar>>January 16. 2010 Juch 99
Settling Fundamental Issue of DPRK-US Relations Calls for
Pyongyang, January 16 (KCNA) -- It is time not only for all parties concerned but all the states concerned to opt for dealing with the fundamental issue for the purpose of achieving peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and denuclearizing it and thus make a decisive breakthrough towards settling the hostile relations between the DPRK and the U.S., observes Minju Joson Saturday in a signed commentary.

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This time the DPRK government attached importance to concluding a peace treaty between the DPRK and the U.S. as it has drawn a clear-cut conclusion on the basis of the review of the whole course of the bilateral relations.

It is as clear as noonday that the bilateral relations cannot be settled now that the U.S. retains a hostile aim to stifle the DPRK without fail, never coexisting with it.

Several rounds of the six-party talks had been held for the solution of the nuclear issue on the peninsula but suffered repeated frustrations and failures. This should be viewed as an inevitable product of the behavior of the U.S., the party directly responsible for solving the problem, as it has not dropped its hostility toward the DPRK.

This is the very reason why the DPRK gave primary consideration to building confidence between the DPRK and the U.S., the parties concerned with the nuclear issue, as a precondition for injecting once again vitality into the process for denuclearizing the peninsula.

Nothing is a more effective and constructive proposal than replacing the Korean Armistice Agreement by a peace treaty in order to build confidence between the DPRK and the U.S.

The replacement of the AA by a peace treaty would help bring about a signal innovation in building confidence. It is, therefore, good for having an open-minded exchange of views on the pending problems to reach agreed points and helpful to making a decisive breakthrough towards attaining peace and stability on the peninsula.

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