Pyongyang, December 22 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to the question raised by KCNA Tuesday as regards the fact that Canada is taking issue with the entirely just judgment made by a judicial organ of the DPRK:
The prime minister and other official figures of Canada are recklessly spouting rubbish against the DPRK over the judgment its Supreme Court made by giving the penalty of life hard labor to Rim Hyon Su, a Canadian citizen, on Dec. 16.
Rim was arrested while being involved in a thrice-cursed subversion plot against the DPRK, pursuant to the U.S. and the south Korean authorities' hostile policy toward the DPRK.
It is very shocking that the Canadian government is accusing the DPRK of its fair and square judgment, describing it as violation of international law that provokes concerns, far from feeling guilty about the hideous crime committed by Rim.
It is explicitly specified in the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations that the right to contact a consulate should be exercised in compliance with laws and regulations of the country of its residence.
During the period of investigation into Rim we did not allow him to meet an official looking after consular affairs under the law of the DPRK. But after the investigation we invited a Canadian delegation as an exception and allowed its members to take part in the trial as observers and also let Rim contact a consulate.
So the Canadian government has no legal justifications whatsoever to find fault with the DPRK.
The government is obliged to make an apology for the hideous anti-DPRK crimes acknowledged by him and take steps for the prevention of the recurrence of similar case. However, it shielded Rim and pointed an accusing finger at the DPRK just like a thief crying "Stop the thief". We can never remain an on-looker to it.
The Canadian side's unreasonable and uncouth response would only render the situation more complicated.
Now the Korean people are demanding heavier punishment on Rim, hardly repressing their indignation at his crimes.
It should be understood that the law of the DPRK punishes whoever harbors hostile feelings toward the ideology and social system of the country and whoever is set to undermine them. -0-