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U.S. Urged to Make Trustworthy Switchover in its Stance

Pyongyang, June 3 (KCNA) — The nearly month-long NPT Review Conference at the UN ended up without any result. The United States is chiefly blame for this. The U.S. did not bother to perpetrate any act in breach of the NPT such as the development of smaller nukes, the action taken by it to put its commitment to guarantee security on the back burner, its advocacy of the doctrine of preemptive nuclear attack and application of discriminating double standards, while deliberately shunning the implementation of its commitment as a nuclear weapons state such as the reduction of nuclear weapons under the NPT. It has thus reduced the treaty to a dead document and pushed it to the verge of collapse.

Rodong Sinmun Friday observes this in a signed commentary. It continues:

One cannot but view the outcome of the conference in connection with the nuclear issue between the DPRK and the U.S. because this issue surfaced entirely due to the U.S. high-handed policy for world domination and a series of rounds of the six-party talks proved fruitless and were thrown into the danger of collapse owing to the U.S. arrogant attitude.

A common understanding and an agreement were reached among the countries concerned thanks to the DPRK’s innovative and well-intentioned initiatives and sincere and honest efforts to seek a fair solution to the nuclear issue and realize the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. This served as groundwork for advancing the six-party talks. But the U.S. reneged on this agreement and common understanding in less than one month since the close of the last round of the talks, thereby destroying the groundwork of the talks.

The U.S., after demolishing this groundwork, pressed the DPRK to rebuild it in a bid to groundlessly lay all the blames for the failure to resume the talks at its door.

The U.S. is floating the misinformation that the DPRK has a “nuclear ambition” in an effort to brand it as a “nuclear criminal.” In fact, from the outset the DPRK demanded from the U.S. the settlement of the elementary issues which a non-nuclear state deserves to urge a nuclear weapons state to guarantee. But the U.S. took no notice of these elementary demands of the DPRK and became more high-handed in its policy towards the DPRK. In order to cope with this, the DPRK took a crucial decision as pulling out of the NPT to protect the security and supreme interests of the country and opted for having access to nuclear weapons with much effort.

It was none other than the U.S. that compelled the DPRK to withdraw from the NPT and acquire nuclear weapons.

Judging the outcome of the conference, the DPRK cannot but doubt if the U.S. will give it as a special case the promise which it has never granted to any non-nuclear states, even if Pyongyang returns to the six-party talks.

It is our hope that if the U.S. truly wants the resumption of the six-party talks and the settlement of the nuclear issue, it should draw a lesson from the outcome of the conference and make a trustworthy switchover in its policy in practice. Herein lies the prospect of finding a solution to the issue.

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