Pyongyang, December 10 (KCNA) — Conservative hard-liners of the United States are these days making outbursts throwing a wet blanket over the results of the Berlin talks at which it was agreed to hold DPRK-U.S. high-level talks in near future.
According to news reports, republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives criticized the U.S. administration’s DPRK policy as a “concession policy” and released a separate “report on policy toward North Korea” as a counter-measure against Perry’s report. They also made a groundless argument that the DPRK had further accelerated its nuclear development while the U.S. offered huge amount of assistance to it.
Worse still, they committed themselves to totally examining the Clinton administration’s DPRK policy by invoking the legislative power next year, contending that “tougher measures” should be taken to change the DPRK’s system.
Such unpardonable move spoils the atmosphere for the improvement of the DPRK-U.S. relations and casts a cloud over the prospect of the DPRK-U.S. high-level talks.
Those republican congressmen have stood against the U.S. administration’s DPRK policy from the outset and are now getting more overheated in such campaign with the presidential election due next year.
Under this situation we can not but doubt which will be the real U.S. policy out of the two conflicting U.S. policies towards the DPRK, shaped by the democratic party and the republican party.
We will be compelled to change our stand if a policy, which is intended to disarm and lead the DPRK to change and “collapse” is adopted in the U.S. as a basic one.
It is a gamble for us to discuss such an important matter as the missile issue pertaining to the sovereignty of the country with the present U.S. administration whose tenure will expire in one year.
The essence of the U.S. “carrot and stick” policy is to disarm and topple the DPRK. Accordingly, we cannot but approach the present U.S. administration’s policy toward the DPRK with apprehension.
We pay heed to the fact that the allegation of the republican party may surface as a U.S. policy.
If the U.S. takes the road of military confrontation, we cannot but take all self-defensive measures corresponding to this.
We are fully prepared for both the improvement of relations and military confrontation with the U.S.
We will take a relevant decision after following the future attitude of the U.S. a little longer.
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