Pyongyang, December 16 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry Wednesday released the following statement in connection with the fact that the DPRK government's positive and sincere efforts for ensuring solid and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula are facing blatant challenge of the U.S.:
The DPRK proposed the U.S. side to conclude a peace treaty as the
most reasonable way for putting an end to the evil cycle of tension and
confrontation that have lasted for more than six decades.
It is urging the conclusion of the peace treaty with the U.S. in
order to put an end to the hostile policy toward the former by the
latter, the root cause of all problems.
It is a clear reason everybody can understand and sympathize with
that lasting peace and stability are possible on the Korean Peninsula
only when the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK is brought to an end
and hostile relations between them are defused.
Nevertheless, the U.S. is responding to the DPRK's fair and
aboveboard proposal by elaborating in action on its hostile policy
already branded as "failed strategy" far from taking a sincere approach
towards the proposal.
Its typical example is its recent ever more reckless moves to ratchet up "sanctions" against the DPRK.
It is putting the armed forces, munitions and trade organs of the
DPRK and their officials and even diplomats of the DPRK on the list of
"sanctions." Lurking behind this action is a sinister political
intention to tarnish the international image of the DPRK and make other
countries feel uneasy about dealing with it and thus suffocate its
overall economy including munitions industry as well as civilian field.
The U.S. authorities claim they have no hostile intent toward the
DPRK whenever an opportunity presents itself but they are behaving quite
contrary to their words.
The U.S. is so steeped in ill-intended repugnancy toward the DPRK
that it has completely lost sense of the reality and is going reckless,
unaware of who its rival is.
The U.S. row about "sanctions" would only heighten the spirit of
self-reliance and increase the strenuous efforts among the workers in
the field of the munitions industry of the DPRK and boost the proportion
of locally available raw and other materials in its munitions industry.
If the U.S. persistently pursues its anachronistic hostile policy
toward the DPRK this way, this would only entail unimaginable
consequences quite contrary to what the U.S. desires, warns the