calendar>>November 13. 2015 Juche 104
KCNA Commentary Demands U.S. Positively Respond to DPRK's Peace Treaty Proposal
Pyongyang, November 13 (KCNA) -- The assistant secretary of the U.S. State Department for East Asian and Pacific Affairs recently said that if north Korea dismantles its nuclear weapons, everything it wants including the "establishment of diplomatic relations and the building of peace-keeping mechanism" can be put on the negotiating table.

What he uttered is just a trick to shun the fair and aboveboard proposal made by the DPRK for the conclusion of a peace treaty and divert the world criticism of the U.S. to the DPRK.

The world public asserts that only no-strings-attached negotiations between the DPRK and the U.S. for the conclusion of a peace treaty would be helpful to ensuring peace on the Korean Peninsula.

But the U.S., declining such a fair demand made by the DPRK, is galvanizing the public opinion to give impression that the latter is to blame for the failure to open dialogue for ensuring peace on the peninsula.

The U.S. talks that "even though it follows on a daily basis whether north Korea has the willingness to come out for new negotiations but it shows no intent to dismantle nuclear weapons." This is a brigandish assertion that the negotiations are possible only after the DPRK disarms itself and appears before it bare-handed.

This is the height of shamelessness and hypocrisy.

As known, the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula is an inevitable outcome of the nuclear threat and hostile policy pursued by the U.S. for decades.

The U.S. persistent threat of a nuclear war against the DPRK and its hostile policy toward the DPRK are a root cause of the nuclear issue on the peninsula.

In recent years the U.S. has employed every possible means and methods to stifle the socialist system in the DPRK and ratcheted pressure and sanctions in order to deprive the DPRK of its sovereign rights including the right to launch satellite for peaceful purposes, a right pertaining to sovereign state, by setting the UN Security Council in motion.

Even not a single day passes in south Korea without DPRK-targeted nuclear war exercises of the U.S. and its followers.

These decades-old adventurous nuclear war moves compelled the DPRK to have access to nuclear deterrence to protect the security of the nation and the peace on the peninsula.

The U.S. should face up to the reality before urging the DPRK to dismantle its nuclear weapons.

The protracted efforts for the denuclearization of the peninsula proved futile entirely because of the deep-rooted hostile relations between Pyongyang and Washington.

Dialogue between the old belligerent states DPRK and the U.S. has to be a substantial one targeting the termination of the hostile relations, not just negotiation for mere form's sake for so-called "control of situation". The conclusion of the peace treaty between the DPRK and the U.S. is a key to settling all issues and is the only way of ensuring lasting peace and stability on the peninsula.

The U.S. has to give a deep thinking to our proposal and make a proper option and thus show its will for settling the peninsula issue and ensuring regional peace to the international community.

If the U.S. makes a bold switchover in its policy, the security environment of the peninsula will witness a dramatic improvement and the U.S. will also be cleared of its security concerns.

Whether the U.S. positively responds to the DPRK's proposal for peace treaty or not will be a touchstone showing whether it truly hopes for peace and stability on the peninsula or not.

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