U.S. Nukes Threaten Korea

January 21, 2003

The following is excerpted from the Korean Central News Agency, 1/17.

As already reported, the DPRK Government in a statement solemnly declared its complete withdrawal from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

In this regard, the U.S., the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Japan and other countries and dishonest forces expressed "concern," asserting that it should be "reconsidered" and it would "put the nuclear non-proliferation system in danger".

The DPRK was compelled to withdraw from the NPT as a self-defence step taken after careful consideration to cope with the grave situation where its supreme interests are most seriously threatened by the U.S.

A close scrutiny made into how this situation was created, the background against which the nuclear issue surfaced and its nature from a historical point of view and on the basis of facts clearly explains the U.S. is the author of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula.

The nuclear issue surfaced on the Korean Peninsula as the U.S. has posed a nuclear threat to the DPRK for scores of years by massively deploying and stockpiling nukes in and around South Korea, pursuant to its hostile policy toward Pyongyang in line with its strategy to dominate the world.

The U.S. imperialists tried several times to use an A-bomb against the DPRK already during the last Korean War and began introducing many nuclear weapons into South Korea after the war.

The DPRK clarified its official stand to oppose the U.S. shipment of nuclear weapons into South Korea at the 12th session of its Supreme People's Assembly held in 1956.

In April 1959, the DPRK Government warned the U.S. imperialists against turning South Korea into a nuclear base and put forward a proposal to create a nuclear-free peace zone in Asia.

The U.S. imperialists have staged ceaseless war exercises of different forms such as "Team Spirit", "Ulji Focus Lens" and "Foal Eagle" by mobilizing nuclear forces in South Korea and in its vicinity to threaten the DPRK with nuclear weapons and increase the danger of a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula.

It was the U.S. that compelled the DPRK to withdraw from the NPT.

Under the DPRK-U.S. Agreed Framework (AF) the U.S. was committed to provide light water reactors to the DPRK by 2003 in return for the DPRK's freezing of its graphite-moderated reactors and related facilities.

Though it is already 9 years since the DPRK froze its nuclear facilities, only site preparation was made in the LWR project.

Under the AF both sides were committed to work for fully normalizing the political and economic relations, but the U.S. has persistently enforced its hostile policy and economic sanctions against the DPRK.

The AF also called on the U.S. to give formal assurances against its use or threat of nuclear weapons to the DPRK, but the U.S. has increased its nuclear threat to the DPRK.

The U.S. stopped the supply of heavy oil to the DPRK from December last year, the only commitment that had been implemented under the AF.

Under the situation where a vacuum is created in the power production due to the U.S. stop of its supply of heavy oil to the DPRK, the latter lifted the freeze on its nuclear facilities . . .

The U.S. has increased its nuclear threat to the DPRK by staging nuclear war exercises one after another in and around South Korea after massively deploying nuclear weapons there in violation of the letter and spirit of the NPT.

U. S. President Bush officially declared its policy of confrontation with North Korea in what he called a "statement on the North Korea policy". Early last year the Bush bellicose forces listed the DPRK as part of an "axis of evil" and later a target of its nuclear strikes.

They stepped up the preparations to develop and deploy a new type of nuclear weapon to be used for destroying underground facilities of the DPRK in case of "emergency" on the Korean Peninsula and ordered the U.S. air force in South Korea to load large warheads which can go down deep into the ground and blow up targets. . . .

Though the DPRK withdrew from the NPT, its nuclear activity at the present stage will be limited to such peaceful purposes as electricity production.