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Press Statement by Kim Kye Gwan, First Vice- Minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK

Comrade Kim Jong Un, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, made a strategic

decision to put an end to the unpleasant history of the DPRK-U.S. relations and met Pompeo, U.S. secretary of state for two times

during his visit to our country and took very important and broad-minded steps for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and over the world.

 In response to the noble intention of comrade chairman of the State Affairs Commission, president Trump stated his position for terminating the historically deep-rooted hostility and improving the relations between the DPRK and the U.S.

I appreciated the position positively with an expectation that upcoming DPRK-U.S. summit would be a big step forward for catalyzing detente on the Korean peninsula and building a great future.

But now prior to the DPRK-U.S. summit, unbridled remarks provoking the other side of dialogue are recklessly made in the U.S. and I am totally disappointed as these constitute extremely unjust behavior.

High-ranking officials of the White House and Department of State including Bolton, White House national security adviser are letting loose the assertions of so-called Libya mode of nuclear

abandonment,"complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization", "total decommissioning of nuclear weapons, missiles, biochemical weapons" etc, while talking about formula of "abandoning nuclear weapons first, compensating afterwards".

This is not an expression of intention to address the issue through dialogue. It is essentially a manifestation of awfully sinister move to impose on our dignified state the destiny of Libya or Iraq which had been collapsed due to yielding the whole of their countries to big powers.

I cannot suppress indignation at such moves of the U.S. and harbor doubt about the U.S. sincerity for improved DPRK-U.S. relations through sound dialogue and negotiations.

World knows too well that our country is neither Libya nor Iraq which have met miserable fate.                                                                  

It is absolutely absurd to dare compare the DPRK, nuclear weapon state, to Libya which had been at the initial stage of nuclear development.

 We shed light on the quality of Bolton already in the past, and we do not hide our feeling of repugnance towards him.

i If Trump administration fails to recall the lessons learned from the past when the DPRK-U.S. talks had to undergo twists and setbacks owing to the likes of Bolton and turns its ear to the advice of quasi-"patriots" who insist on Libya mode and the like, prospects of upcoming DPRK-U.S. summit and overall DPRK-U.S. relations will be crystal clear.

We have already stated our intention for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and made clear on several occasions that precondition for denuclearization is to put an end to anti-DPRK hostile policy and nuclear threats and blackmail of the United States.

But now, the U.S. is miscalculating the magnanimity and broad-minded initiatives of the DPRK as signs of weakness and trying to embellish and advertise as if these are the product of its sanctions and pressure.

The U.S. is trumpeting as if it would offer economic compensation and benefit in case we abandon nuke. But we have never ever had any expectation of U.S. support in carrying out our economic construction and will not at all make such a deal in future too.

It is a ridiculous comedy to see that Trump administration, claiming to take a different road from the previous administrations, still clings to the outdated policy on the DPRK - a policy pursued by previous administrations at the time when the DPRK was at the stage of nuclear development.

 If president Trump follows in the footsteps of his predecessors,

 he will be recorded as more tragic and unsuccessful president than his predecessors, far  from  his initial ambition to    make unprecedented success.

 If Trump administration takes an approach to the DPRK-U.S. summit with sincerity for improved DPRK-U.S. relations, it will receive a deserved response from us. However, if the U.S. is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment,

 we will no longer be interested in such dialogue and cannot but reconsider our proceeding to the DPRK-U.S. summit.

 

Pyongyang, May 16, Juche 107(2018)

 

KCNA Blasts U.S. and S. Korea for Staging Large-scale Military Drill

against DPRK

 

Pyongyang, May 16 (KCNA) -- KCNA made public the following report on May 16:

The south Korean authorities, together with the U.S., have been staging the large-scale 2018 Max Thunder joint air combat drill throughout south Korea since May 11 in a bid to make a preemptive air strike at the DPRK and win the air.

Involved in the drill are more than 100 fighters of various missions including a B-52 strategic nuclear bomber and F-22 Raptor stealth fighters of the U.S. forces. The drill is to last till May 25, under the supervision of the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces in south Korea and the south Korean air force.

Public opinions at home and abroad comment that the maneuver is the largest-ever and a reflection of the invariable stand of the U.S. and south Korea to persist in the "maximum pressure and sanctions" against the DPRK.

The DPRK-targeted drill across south Korea is an undisguised challenge to the Panmunjom Declaration and a deliberate military provocation to the trend of the favorably developing situation on the Korean Peninsula.

The north and the south of Korea solemnly stated in the declaration that a new peace era was ushered in and reached an agreement on making joint efforts to defuse the acute military tensions on the peninsula and substantially ease the danger of war. The U.S., too, expressed full support to it.

However, even before the ink of the historic April 27 Declaration got dry, the south Korean authorities and the U.S. started such a drill against the DPRK, reacting to all the peace-loving efforts and good intentions shown by the DPRK with rude and wicked provocation and arousing serious concern and disappointment among all the fellow countrymen and the international community wanting the declaration to be implemented.

If the U.S. and the south Korean authorities regard the phase of improving inter-Korean ties and the DPRK-U.S. dialogue provided by the proactive and broadminded efforts and measures of the DPRK as something allowed any time and any hour, then they are sadly mistaken.

The south Korean authorities, in particular, are resorting to such improper acts quite contrary to the promise to make efforts for the peace, prosperity and reunification of the peninsula together with the north and leaving even human scum to brazenly hurl mud at the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK and its system and play down the Panmunjom Declaration at the building of the "National Assembly".

There is a limit in showing goodwill and offering opportunity.

The historic Panmunjom Declaration cannot be implemented by the efforts of a single party, and it can result in a good fruition only when the two parties create favorable conditions and climate by pooling their efforts.

We cannot but take a step of suspending the north-south high-level talks scheduled on May 16 under the awful situation that a reckless north-targeted war and confrontation racket is being kicked up in south Korea.

The south Korean authorities, lost to all senses, should be held wholly accountable for the scuttled north-south high-level talks and the difficulties and obstacles in the way of the north-south relations.

The U.S. will have to think twice about the fate of the DPRK-U.S. summit now on high agenda in light of the provocative military racket against the DPRK in league with the south Korean authorities.

We will closely watch the ensuing behavior of the U.S. and the south Korean authorities.

 

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