DPRK on the Agreement of the Six-Parties

September 22, 2008

The following statement concerning U.S. violation of the agreement made at the six-party talks was released by the DPRK Foreign Ministry on September 19, 2008. It is reprinted from the Korean Central News Ageny (KCNA) online edition. Minor grammatical changes have been made.

A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA Friday as regards the U.S. act of misleading the public opinion while persistently evading the implementation of the October 3 agreement:

As already clarified by the DPRK, it suspended the disablement of its nuclear facilities and work has been under way to restore its nuclear facilities in Nyongbyon to their original state since some time ago as a counter-measure against the action taken by the U.S. to indefinitely put on hold the effectuation of the measure for delisting the DPRK as a "state sponsor of terrorism."

This was a logical product of the U.S. non-abidance by the principle of "action for action" stipulated in the September 19 joint statement, the February 13 agreement and the October 3 agreement.

The U.S., however, is asserting that the measure taken by the DPRK is in violation of the agreement of six parties while trying hard to convince the public that the DPRK's presentation of the nuclear declaration was premised on the verification in line with the "international standard."

It is sophism totally distorting the agreements so far reached to claim that the measure for taking the DPRK off the list of the "state sponsors of terrorism" was to take effect only when an agreement is made on the verification of the nuclear declaration in line with the "international standard."

No verbal agreement, to say nothing of a written one on this issue was made either among the six parties or between the DPRK and the U.S.

The core of the October 3 agreement is for the five parties including the U.S. to make political and economic compensation in return for the DPRK's disablement of its nuclear facilities and presentation of the declaration on its nuclear program.

It was the commitment the U.S. was obliged to completely fulfill at the second phase for the implementation of the September 19 joint statement according to this October 3 agreement to implement the measure for delisting the DPRK as a "state sponsor of terrorism." It is, therefore, an issue quite different from the verification of the nuclear declaration.

The issue of setting up a verification and monitoring mechanism which was agreed upon at the talks of heads of the delegations to the six-party talks in July was envisaged as a measure for verifying the fulfillment of the commitments by all six participating parties at the phase of realizing the denuclearization of the whole Korean Peninsula according to the September 19 joint statement.

This notwithstanding, the U.S. is foolishly trying to force the DPRK to dismantle nuclear weapons unilaterally through pressure and deception while misleading the public opinion by creating impression that the process of the denuclearization was put into stalemate because the DPRK evaded the verification.

The U.S. put on hold the effectuation of the measure for taking the DPRK off the list of "state sponsors of terrorism," its commitment, under the pretext of the verification of the nuclear declaration in line with the "international standard," though no agreement was made on it. This glaringly reveals its true intention to step up its hostile policy toward the DPRK in the end.

The U.S. seeks to make a house-search of the DPRK, which is neither signatory to the Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) nor member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA,) under the pretext of "international standard." This is no more than a pipedream.

Now that the U.S. true colors are brought to light, the DPRK neither wishes to be delisted as a "state sponsor of terrorism" nor expects such a thing to happen. It will go its own way.