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Preserving Independence and Peace Called for: Rodong Sinmun
Pyongyang, January 9 (KCNA) -- Preserving independence and peace is a banner to be held fast to by the Korean people and progressive humankind, says Rodong Sinmun Wednesday in a bylined article.

The article goes on:

Peace is a desire common to humankind and the essential requirement for popular masses in defending independence.

The imperialists' interference in internal affairs and military aggression against sovereign states on the international arena risk the peace and security of humankind.

At present, it is of very important significance in ensuring peace in the Asia-Pacific region to preserve peace and stability of the region, home to more than half of the world population.

In order to preserve regional peace and stability, the source of the danger of a war must be removed from the Korean Peninsula.

Peace and stability in Asia and the rest of the world would be unthinkable without peace on the peninsula.

Preserving peace on the peninsula means removing one of the fundamental factors posing a threat to the peace and stability in Asia and the rest of the world, and greatly advancing the human cause of peace.

Strengthening the defense capability amounts to a measure for self-defense in face of the imperialists' war moves.

Strong defense capabilities would help smash the imperialists' moves to ignite a war and preserve peace and stability in the region.

The Workers' Party of Korea and the DPRK government will make positive efforts to oppose aggression and war moves of the imperialists and preserve the regional peace and stability under the uplifted banner of independence and peace, the article concludes.

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