Continuing U.S. Pressure Against the DPRK

November 7, 2005

Recently, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) released several statements commenting on the continuing U.S. pressure against North Korea. The articles point out that the U.S., far from taking a serious approach to dialogue and negotiations, is instead applying military, economic and political pressure against the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) with the goal of "regime change."

Below we reprint excerpts from these articles (minor editorial changes made by the staff of the AINS).

"Human Rights" and the Six-Party Talks

Pyongyang, October 29 (KCNA) -- At least 30 representatives from conservative political parties, Congress, religious bodies and human rights organizations had a meeting in Washington on Oct. 19 at which they made public a draft principle and recommendation regarding the human rights policy toward the DPRK. The document urged the U.S. administration and the international community to include a "human rights" proposal when pursuing its security policy towards the DPRK, and underscored the need not to overlook the human rights issue in north Korea at the 5th six-party talks.

This is part of the campaign to pressure the DPRK... As already known, the U.S. vicious attempt to increase the international pressure upon the DPRK over the nuclear issue has been frustrated. This compelled the U. S. to use the non-existent human rights issue as a means for putting pressure upon the DPRK.

The ulterior aim sought by the U.S. is to politicize and internationalize the human rights issue and bring down the dignified political system in the DPRK at any cost....

The system and political regime in the DPRK are the most popular and democratic system chosen and built by the Koreans themselves. Therefore, the Koreans regard their system and regime as their life and soul and are ready to defend them at any cost...

Such behavior by the U.S. is little short of upsetting the common understanding reached by the countries concerned at the last six-party talks.

The basic spirit of the joint statement of the talks is mutual respect and peaceful co-existence. The pressure campaign launched by the U.S. under the groundless pretexts of "human rights abuse" is little short of annulling the statement.

180 Cases of U.S. Aerial Espionage in October

Pyongyang, October 31 (KCNA) -- The U.S. imperialists committed at least 180 cases of aerial espionage against the DPRK in October with strategic and tactical reconnaissance planes of different missions, according to military sources. U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance planes made long flights in the sky above Tokjok Islet, Phochon and Sokcho almost everyday to spy on strategic objects of the DPRK....

These aerial espionage flights clearly prove that the U.S. imperialists are desperately trying to stifle the DPRK militarily while paying lip-service to the negotiated settlement of the nuclear issue.

Dialogue and Sanctions Can Never Go Together

Pyongyang, November 2 (KCNA) -- The U.S. Department of Treasury recently declared its decision to freeze the overseas properties of companies of the DPRK having economic ties with the U.S., and lists the companies and individuals of third-party countries dealing with the DPRK companies as objects of its sanctions.

It is not hard to guess that the U.S. Department of Treasury's decision on sanctions against the companies of the DPRK is not a simple issue related to economic relations but a link in the whole chain of carefully prearranged provocative and hostile moves of the U.S. to stifle the DPRK. The U.S. armed invasion of other countries has always been accompanied by its persistent racket for sanctions against them.

The U.S. freezing of the properties of the DPRK companies did not come by chance. The above-said decision is aimed at pressurizing the DPRK to scrap its nuclear program first. Herein lies the main reason why the U. S. is becoming so vociferous about the sanctions against the DPRK in the run-up to the fifth round of the six-party talks...

Dialogue and sanctions can never go together. Such U.S. behavior can not be construed otherwise than an act of backtracking from the spirit of the joint statement of the fourth round of the six-party talks.