DPRK Resists U.S.-U.N. Pressure

October 21, 2006

Pyongyang, October 17 - Below we publish a statement issued on October 17 by a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). Minor grammatical changes made by the staff of The Worker.

On Oct. 14 the United States instigated the UN Security Council to pass another "resolution" calling for harsh international sanctions and blockade against the DPRK, unreasonably describing its nuclear test for self-defence as a "threat" to international peace and security.

The successful nuclear test in the DPRK was an exercise of its independent and legitimate right as a sovereign state. It was a positive defensive counter-measure to protect the sovereignty of the country and life and security of the people from the escalating U.S. nuclear war threat, sanctions and pressure.

The DPRK was compelled to legitimately pull out of the Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty (NPT) in accordance with its relevant provisions and to begin the manufacture of nuclear weapons after undergoing the most fair, aboveboard and transparent processes because the U.S. seriously encroached upon the supreme security of the DPRK and the fundamental interests of the Korean nation under the pretext of the nuclear issue.

The DPRK conducted the test proving its possession of nukes in a legitimate manner after fairly announcing it in advance, something unprecedented in international practice.

It conducted the nuclear test under the conditions where its security was fully guaranteed and clearly declared that the DPRK, a responsible nuclear weapons state, would never use nukes first and will not allow nuclear transfer.

It also clarified that it would make every possible effort to promote worldwide nuclear disarmament and the final elimination of nuclear weapons and invariably adhere to the principle to realize the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula through dialogue and negotiations.

However, the U.S., the very one that has driven the DPRK to the nuclear test, is describing the DPRK's nuclear test as a "threat" to international peace and security, while concealing what it has done like a thief crying "Stop the thief!" This totally preposterous act is intolerable.

The nuclear test in the DPRK was a great deed that greatly contributed to defending peace and stability not only on the Korean Peninsula but in the rest of Northeast Asia as it demonstrated a powerful deterrent for coping with the U.S. nuclear threat and blackmail and foiling its attempt to ignite a new war.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC), paying no heed to all these facts, feigned ignorance of the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK - the policy that spurned the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula - and is now incriminating the DPRK's exercise of its sovereign right to defend the sovereignty of the country, while trumpeting about the denuclearization of the peninsula. This is immoral behavior utterly devoid of impartiality.

The UNSC "resolution," needless to say, cannot be construed otherwise than a declaration of a war against the DPRK because it was based on the scenario of the U.S. which is keen to destroy the Korean-style socialist system centered on the popular masses.

The DPRK vehemently denounces the "resolution," a product of the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK, and totally refutes it.

The adoption of this "resolution" made it impossible for the UNSC to evade the historic responsibility for having patronized and connived with the U.S. which caused the division of Korea - the root cause of all misfortunes of the Korean nation - in violation of the UN Charter the cornerstone of which is the principle of sovereignty, equality and self-determination. The U.S. has systematically perpetrated undisguised moves to "bring down the system" in the DPRK.

The present development clearly proves once again that the DPRK was entirely right when it decided to have access to nuclear weapons, its people's choice.

The U.S. would be well advised not to miscalculate the DPRK.

If the Bush group, oblivious of the lessons drawn from the shameful setbacks recorded in the history of the relations between the preceding U.S. administrations and the DPRK, calculates it can bring the DPRK to its knees through sanctions and pressure, pursuant to the already bankrupt hostile policy toward it, there would be nothing more ridiculous and foolish than its behavior.

The DPRK had remained unfazed in any storm and stress in the past when it had no nuclear weapons. It is quite nonsensical to expect the DPRK to yield to the pressure and threat of someone at this time when it has become a nuclear weapons state.

The DPRK wants peace but is not afraid of war. It wants dialogue but is always ready for confrontation.

As already clarified by the DPRK, it will fulfil its responsibility for realizing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. But if anyone attempts to infringe upon the DPRK's sovereignty and right to existence, even a bit, under the signboard of the UNSC "resolution," it will deal merciless blows at him through strong actions.

The DPRK will closely follow the future U.S. attitude and take corresponding measures.