Pyongyang, June 19 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to the question raised by KCNA on Sunday as regards the foolish moves of the U.S. to block economic exchange and cooperation between the DPRK and African countries:
An assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of State during the recent
visits to some African countries talked rubbish that "the nuclear
threat from north Korea is not far away" and "the period that a nuclear
weapon may be used again has come after the lapse of 70 years because of
north Korea." Moreover, he reportedly claimed that African countries
should break off all their relations with the DPRK if they are to evade
the "nuclear threat."
As known to the world, the U.S. is the world's first country that made a
nuclear weapon, the only user of it and the very one hell-bent on
committing high-handed and arbitrary practices through nuclear threat
Such a country, masking its criminal colors, has gone so impudent as to
groundlessly assert that the DPRK is posing "nuclear threat" to far-off
The DPRK's nuclear weapons are targeting not African countries but the
U.S. persisting in its hostile policy toward the DPRK and serve as a
treasured sword of justice to blow up the U.S., the den of all evils in
It is no more than a clumsy trick that the U.S. seeks to tarnish the
image of the DPRK and sow discord between the DPRK and African countries
through all sorts of paradoxes and estrangement moves.
The traditions of friendship and cooperation between the DPRK and
African countries are long-standing and historical ones that were forged
and have developed since the early period of the struggle for
independence and the building of new society in those countries. They
are being further consolidated through mutually beneficial cooperation
based on independence, equality and mutual respect.
As for the DPRK's cooperation with Uganda, it started at the request of
the Ugandan government long ago and has given substantial help to the
country. As a relevant contract has expired, the personnel of the DPRK
are now withdrawing themselves from the country according to an
agreement between the two countries.
Nevertheless, the U.S. is giving an impression that Uganda has ceased
its cooperation with the DPRK under the pressure of the former. This is
The U.S. act of openly instigating African countries to sever relations
with the DPRK is bound to go belly-up under strong denunciation of the
countries in the region as it is a blatant interference in the internal
affairs of sovereign states standing for independence.
The government of the DPRK will as ever invariably boost its traditional
friendly and cooperative relations with African countries in the idea
of its foreign policy--independence, peace and friendship. -0-