DPRK expresses grief over talks with US

By Monitoring Desk
Monday – July 9, 2018
PYONGYANG (DPRK): Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) foreign office (FO) spokesperson on Saturday noted with resent that the United States (US) came up only with its unilateral and ‘gangster-like’ demand in July 6-7 meetings for complete verifiable irreversible denuclearisation (CVID), declaration and verification, all of which run counter to the spirit of the Singapore summit meeting and talks.

According to DPRK FO spokesperson, the DPRK side, during the talks, put forward the proposals to take wide-ranging proactive steps of simultaneous actions in a respective manner such as realising multilateral exchanges for improved relations between the DPRK and the US.

Secondly, making public a declaration on the end of war on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Korean armistice agreement (KAA) to build a peace regime on the Korean peninsula.

Thirdly, dismantling the test ground of high thrust engine to make a physical verification of the suspension of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) production as part of denuclearisation steps and making an earliest start of the working-level talks for recovering prisoner of war (POW) remains.

However, the US side never mentioned the issue of establishing a peace regime on the Korean peninsula which is essential for defusing tension and preventing a war.

It took the position that it will even backtrack on the issue it had agreed on to end the status of war under certain conditions and excuses.

As for the issue of announcing the declaration of the end of war at an early date, it is the first process of defusing tension and establishing a lasting peace regime on the Korean peninsula, and at the same time, it constitutes a first factor in creating trust between the DPRK and the US

This issue was also stipulated in inter-Korean Panmunjom declaration as a historical task to terminate the war status on the Korean peninsula which has lasted for nearly 70 years.

US President Donald Trump, too, was more enthusiastic about this issue at the DPRK-US summit (Singapore) talks.

The issues the US side insisted on at the talks are all roots of troubles, which the previous administrations also had insisted on to disrupt the dialogue processes, stoke the distrust and increase the danger of war.

The US side, during the talks, made a great publicity about suspension of one or two joint military exercises. But suspension of one action called exercises is a highly reversible step as all of its military force remains intact in it's previously held positions without scraping even a rifle.

This is ‘incomparable’ with the irreversible step taken by the DPRK to explode and dismantle the “nuclear test ground”.

If the objective situation does not stand in favour of the denuclearisation against our will, this will rather cast a heavy cloud over the atmosphere of developing bilateral relations which had shown its good movement in it's beginning.

If the headwind begins to blow, it will cause a great disappointment not only to the international society aspiring after global peace and security but also to both the DPRK and the US.

If so, this will finally make each side seek for another choice and there is no guarantee that this will not result in yet another tragedy.

“However, the DPRK leadership still cherishes good faith in President Trump,” DPRK FO spokesperson concluded.

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