Pyongyang, May 24 (KCNA) — Some EU nations are not behaving fairly in dealing with the DPRK’s pullout of the NPT at the NPT Review Conference now underway in New York.
They are asserting that the DPRK is to blame for possible worldwide unbroken non-compliance with the treaty.
This cannot be construed otherwise than a deliberate distortion of the nature of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula.
As is universally known, the DPRK is outside the NPT. There is, therefore, neither political nor legal ground to take issue with the DPRK over its stand on the NPT.
As the DPRK had already declared, it is none other than the U.S. that compelled it to pull out of the NPT and have access to nukes.
The nuclear issue surfaced entirely because of the U.S. increasing nuclear threat to the DPRK from its forces in south Korea and its vicinity.
The DPRK acceded to the NPT and concluded the Agreed Framework with the U.S. in order to get rid of the U.S. nuclear threat.
However, the U.S. had exploited all this for achieving its goal of isolating and stifling the DPRK.
In order to destroy the DPRK with nukes, the U.S. shipped at least 1,000 nuclear weapons of various types into south Korea, thus, turning it into the biggest nuclear arsenal in the Far East and incessantly escalating its nuclear threat to it.
A particular mention should be made of the fact that the Bush administration has posed an undisguised nuclear threat to the DPRK, compelling it to manufacture nuclear weapons to defend itself.
If EU members are to be impartial in handling the nuclear issue, they have to call into question the U.S. which spurned the nuclear issue in the peninsula and has pushed it to the worst phase.
The U.S. is the world’s largest maker and owner of nukes.
Nuclear arsenals in the U.S. are filled with at least 20,000 nuclear weapons including more than 5,400 intercontinental ballistic missile warheads and over 1,750 nuclear bombs and cruise missile warheads.
The U.S. nuclear forces are large enough to engulf the whole world in a nuclear war and exterminate all human beings several times.
The nuke policy of the Bush administration has gone beyond its tolerance limit. It has conducted more than 20 nuclear tests since 1997, refusing to ratify the CTBT.
The global nuclear crisis can never end unless the nuclear weapons states fulfill their commitments to nuclear disarmament and the “nuke-all powerful” notion disappears.
At the current conference delegates became increasingly critical of the U.S. for having failed to honor its commitment under the NPT and driven the NPT into catastrophe and assertive that a proper solution of the nuclear non-proliferation issue should be preceded by the settlement of the issue of nuclear disarmament by the nuclear weapons states. This reflects the call of the world community at large.
As is the case with some EU nations, if one continues allowing the NPT to be used as leverage for pulling up the non-nuclear nations over the exercise of their legitimate rights, turning blind eyes to the U.S. violation of the treaty, it will only lose the confidence of its signatories in it and finally put its existence into jeopardy.
EU nations should face up to the reality and pay attention to removing the factor of having caused the DPRK to pull out of the NPT before arguing about its withdrawal.
This would be an impartial attitude towards the nuclear non-proliferation.
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