Nuclear Issue on Korean Peninsula, Product of U.S. Policy of Nuclear Threat

Pyongyang, October 18 (KCNA) -- No progress can be expected in the discussion of overall arms reduction, let alone nuclear disarmament, unless a stop is put to the attempts at the monopoly of nuclear weapons and to nuclear threat based on it, stated the DPRK delegate, addressing a meeting of the First Committee of the 61st Session of the UN General Assembly on Oct. 9. If global peace and security are to be guaranteed, nuclear disarmament must be carried out before anything else so that nuclear weapons could be totally swept off the face of the earth, he said, and went on:

Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation are inseparably linked with each other and the former is the key point. Non-proliferation is unthinkable apart from nuclear disarmament.

If the robber-like theory that only big countries can possess nuclear weapons and threaten and attack small countries with them is connived at or permitted any longer, the international order will undergo a major change essentially and this will drive the non-nuclear states to the possession of a nuclear deterrent.

The nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, a focal point of the international community, is an offspring of the U.S. policy of nuclear threat based on its deep-rooted hostile policy toward the DPRK for over half a century.

It is the reality today that missile launching and nuclear tests are connived at and they are not laid before the United Nations, given U.S. permission.

Some countries unilaterally urged the DPRK to scrap its nuclear program, disregarding the cause of the occurrence of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula. In this they spoke for the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK. This is flattery to the strength of the United States and is not intended for a true and fair solution to the nuclear issue.

The denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the final goal of the DPRK and there is not the slightest change in its will to realize it in a peaceful way through dialogue and negotiation, as it is committed in the September 19 joint statement.

The DPRK will as ever make persevering efforts to remove threat from outside forces and ensure a durable peace on the Korean Peninsula.