Pyongyang, February 6 (KCNA) — The spokesman for the Disarmament and Peace Institute of the DPRK Foreign Ministry was interviewed by KCNA today over a joint statement former statesmen of various countries issued recently calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons.
He told KCNA:
It is a common aspiration and desire of humankind to live a free and peaceful life in the world without nuclear weapons.
Over the past five decades since the first nuclear weapon made its appearance, humankind has made all efforts for the total elimination of nuclear weapons, setting it as the final goal of nuclear disarmament.
Though tension is said to be decreased to some extent in the world with the end of the cold war, nuclear weapons still remain in the hands of a small number of countries, leaving non-nuclear states subjected to threat in security.
From this point of view, the joint statement is likely to give some affirmative effects to the worldwide efforts for nuclear disarmament because it reflects the world people’s demand and hope for the elimination of nuclear weapons.
The Korean Peninsula is the only region on the globe where the cold war and military confrontation have continued.
This is because the united states keeps its troops in South Korea and continues arms buildup and nuclear threat against the DPRK.
Putting an end to the Cold War on the Korean Peninsula is an urgent task for peace and security not only on the Peninsula but in the world.
If the Cold War is to be terminated and peace to be ensured on the peninsula, the United States, as it pledged in the DPRK-U.S. framework agreement, should give the DPRK unconditional assurances of nonuse of nuclear weapons, discontinue offering nuclear umbrella to South Korea and withdraw its troops from South Korea.
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