KCNA on Nuclear Scandal in S. Korea

Pyongyang, September 18 (Korean Central News Agency -- KCNA)

The recent disclosure of nuclear-related secret experiments in succession in south Korea is stirring up a big furor in the international community. South Korea made a clandestine laser-aided uranium enrichment experiment in 2000 and a series of plutonium extraction experiments in 1982.

No sooner had the nuclear scandal been disclosed than the United States and the south Korean authorities lost no time to assert that the experiments had nothing to do with the development of nuclear weapons only to arouse a bigger suspicion.

It is open secret that south Korea decided in the 1970s when it was under military dictatorship to develop nuclear weapons and its researchers have since pursued nuclear experiments at the "Taedok Research Center".

In the 1990s it made uranium enrichment experiments in secrecy and 150kg of metal uranium was churned out from a nuclear facility out of three nuclear facilities whose existence was not reported to the IAEA.

The continued disclosure of experiments in south Korea clearly proves that they were directed by the U.S. as they are aimed to develop nuclear weapons.

It is quite impossible for south Korea to make such nuclear-related experiments for years without the U.S. knowledge as it has a dense intelligence network serving the U.S. which has the prerogative of supreme command over the south Korean army. The experiments recently brought to light in south Korea were made with U.S. technology and the uranium with the concentration purity of up to 80 % has no other purpose than developing nuclear weapons.

What is strange enough is that even before the IAEA investigation came to an end, U.S. State Secretary Powell and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld came out to assert one after another that they were just at the experimental stage.

This indicates that the U.S. was aware of the inside story of south Korea's nuclear activities.

South Korea's clandestine nuclear experiments go to prove that the U.S. double standards are a fundamental factor of the nuclear proliferation.

The U.S. transfers nuclear technology to its allies and connives at their development and access to nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, it makes far-fetched assertion without any convincing evidence that the DPRK has pursued clandestine uranium enrichment program in a bid to hold in check its nuclear activities for a peaceful purpose for the mere reason that it has differing ideology and system.

It is by no means fortuitous that French, German and other media claimed that the U.S. was accountable for the nuclear suspicion in south Korea, commenting that had the similar incident occurred in north Korea the U.S. would be the first to make an outcry over it.

It is only the U.S. that tries to hush up the case, asserting that there is no cause for concern, though the international community is unanimously demanding a thorough probe into the truth behind the nuclear-related secret experiments in south Korea. This reveals the U.S. intention to wink at south Korea's nuclear weapons development as it did Israel's.

What infuriates the DPRK is that the U.S. has so far shut its eyes to the secret nuclear activities of its allies under its nuclear umbrella but has pressurized the DPRK to accept the CVID.

This means that the six countries having either access to nuclear weapons or perfect capability to develop them sat at the negotiating table to discuss the DPRK's nuclear issue only.

Now that the U.S. hard-line conservative forces' deliberate provocation have already overturned the groundwork of dialogue, it is self-evident that the resumption of the talks can no longer be discussed unless the U.S. drops its hostile policy based on double standards toward the DPRK and that the latter can never dismantle its nuclear deterrent force. . . .

In order to avert an arms race and ensure lasting peace and security in Northeast Asia it is necessary for the U.S. to come out to dialogue with willingness to drop its double-standards, the root cause of the nuclear issue, and renounce its hostile policy toward the DPRK in practice.