Friday, 7 August 2015

DPRK Foreign Minister Reiterates Its Commitment to Lasting Peace and Security on Korean Peninsula and Region

    Pyongyang, August 8 (KCNA) -- The DPRK will strive to develop good neighborly relations with all the countries that respect our national sovereignty and that are friendly to us. We will also fulfill our commitment to lasting peace and security in the Korean peninsula and in the region based on the principles of respect for sovereignty, non-interference in internal affairs and equality as advocated by this ASEAN Regional Forum.
    DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong, head of a DPRK delegation, said this on Thursday at the 22nd ministerial meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    He went on:
    Since the last ASEAN Regional Forum was held, the overall security situation of the Asia-Pacific region can be characterized by features of more complex and complicated nature in general.
    The Korean peninsula is the place where the vicious cycle of aggravating situation is continuing in the most serious manner throughout the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large.
    Large scale joint military exercises are being conducted against the DPRK several times a year in south Korea and its vicinity and they present themselves with greater provocations with greater degree of danger with each passing day.
    What the U.S. really wants is not the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula but the Americanization of the entire Korean peninsula.
    The strategic goal that runs through the hostile policy of the United States against the DPRK is to eliminate the socialist system in the Korean peninsula, which is the choice of our people.
    Whoever cares about peace and security in the region has to pay due attention to the situation in the Korean peninsula and to that end, make every possible effort to put an end to the U.S. hostile policy against the DPRK.
    If the U.S. decides to boldly suspend large-scale joint military exercises, source of aggravating situation in the Korean peninsula, many issues including U.S. concerns in the region will stand a chance of opportunity.
    However, if the U.S. continues to use the DPRK as a pretext of only strengthening its military alliances with massive arms buildup aimed at recovering position of hegemony in the Asia-Pacific region, it will inevitably lead to the outbreak of the second Korean War.
    We have the power to face any type of war whatever the choice of the U.S. is. -0-

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