Pyongyang, August 17 (KCNA) — The representatives of the organizations for friendship and solidarity with the DPRK and international democratic organizations, taking part in the 5th International Festival in Praise of the Great Persons of Mt Paektu, issued a joint statement here Thursday condemning the U.S. for cooking up the illegal anti-DPRK “sanctions resolution” by abusing the UN Security Council.
The statement said that the DPRK’s measures for self-defence were just ones for defending the sovereignty of the country and the right to existence of the nation from the U.S. high-handed and arbitrary practices. It went on:
1. The U.S. has to withdraw all forms of sanctions against the DPRK and immediately stop all aggression war exercises, not resorting to indiscriminate and inhumanitarian sanctions.
Nothing can be settled by way of sanctions aimed at depriving the Koreans of their right to existence and at “overthrowing the social system” in the DPRK. Moreover, sanctions affecting the life of the peaceable citizens can never be justified.
We demand that the U.S. acknowledge the DPRK and opt for co-existing with it if the U.S. has a true intent to settle the issue of the Korean peninsula.
2. The U.S. should dismantle its nuclear weapons first, before taking issue with the DPRK’s access to nuclear weapons and threatening the country with nukes.
It is a clear fact that the DPRK will never give up the nuclear deterrence for self-defence as long as there continues the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK and nuclear threat to it, and the U.S. should show its efforts and sincerity for world peace and security before talking about nuclear issues of other countries.
We demand that the U.S., the world’s biggest nuclear possessor, lend an ear to the international voices, fairly settle the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula and resolutely opt for denuclearizing the whole world.
3. The U.S. has to face up to the strategic position of the DPRK and finally withdraw its hostile policy toward the DPRK.
It is a well-known fact that no one can deny that the DPRK has had access to ICBM along with a variety of nuclear weapons.
The U.S. has to admit that it is an anachronistic and extremely dangerous act to try to stifle and strangle the DPRK which has ranked itself among the world-level nuclear possessors and military powers, and take an immediate measure to make a switchover in its policy toward the DPRK.
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