Pyongyang, July 23 — The chairman of the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs of the International Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, in a statement at a hearing claimed it is north Korea that threatens the stability in Northeast Asia.”
His utterances betray the U.S. intention to brand the DPRK as a “nuclear criminal” in a bid to put international “pressure” upon it.
It is a wrong action contrary to an atmosphere of dialogue for the U.S. to point an accusing finger at its dialogue partner at a time when the six-party talks for the settlement of the nuclear issue in the Korean Peninsula are expected to be resumed soon.
Can the utterances of a politician in charge of regional affairs be interpreted as his personal view?
Had he been a politician of the slightest reason, he should have taken note of the fact that the justification and condition for the resumption of the six-party talks were nothing but the withdrawal of such hostile accusation against the DPRK as listing it as an “outpost of tyranny”.
It is impossible for any sovereign state to sit at the negotiating table with its counterpart unless the label attached to the former by the latter is lifted. This is an essential requirement in light of the norms governing the international relations. The DPRK has expected the U.S. to show a trustworthy sincere attitude since the mature conditions were provided for the resumption of the six-party talks thanks to the joint efforts of the DPRK and the parties concerned.
Those who are truly concerned for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula wish to see each party concerned to respect each other and not to miss the favorable opportunity to show sincerity. Given their wishes, what he uttered cannot be construed otherwise than an intention to hurt the confidence among states and scuttle the talks even before their resumption.
In the past period an extreme behavior rejecting and ignoring a dialogue partner and an attempt to isolate and stifle a participating country in the past adversely affected the fate of the talks. If this is taken into consideration, it is important for the talks to make a good start.
A high level of political and moral ethics is prerequisite to the talks, which will deal with sensitive issues related to peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula, the Asia-Pacific region and the rest of the world.
If the U.S. really wants to settle the nuclear issue through the six-party talks, it should be decent enough to stop uttering anything getting on the nerves of other dialogue partner and approach the talks with sincerity.
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