Date: Sun, 24 Nov 2002 09:24:52 -0700 (MST)
From: thekoba 
Subject: [azsecularhumanists] [ Two DPRK items]

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From: (Abdallah Tahhan) To: thekoba Subject: Two DPRK items Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2002 07:56:34 -0800 (PST)

Dear Kevin,

Here are a couple news updates from the Korean Central News Agency



DPRK Foreign Ministry spokesman on U.S. decision to stop supplying heavy oil Pyongyang, November 21 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea today issued a statement as regards the fact that on November 14 the U.S. announced a decision to stop supplying heavy oil to the DPRK from the upcoming December. The U.S. has provided supply of heavy oil to it under the DPRK-U.S. Agreed Framework. The statement says:

The decision is a wanton violation of article 1 of the framework which stipulates that the United States of America, representing the Korean Energy Development Organization in accordance with the October 20, 1994, guarantee message of the U.S. President, shall adopt a measure to make for the loss of energy in return for the freezing of the graphite moderated reactors and their related facilities of the DPRK till the completion of light water reactor no. 1 and it shall supply heavy oil for the use of heat and electricity production as alternative energy.

The above-mentioned article is the only one of the four articles of the framework that has been observed.

With a view to playing down the responsibility for breaking its international commitment, the U.S. described the decision as "collective will" of KEDO member nations. It is as clear as noonday that in actuality the U.S. Government made a decision to stop supplying heavy oil before forcing it upon KEDO which is not a signatory of the framework.

In making public the decision the U.S. claimed that the DPRK violated the framework first. Now that the U.S. unilaterally gave up its last commitment under the framework, the DPRK acknowledges that it is high time to decide upon who is to blame for the collapse of the framework.

It is well known to the world that the U.S. has violated the framework and boycotted the implementation of its commitments.

The U.S. has drastically delayed the construction of LWRs, worked out a plan for a preemptive nuclear attack on the DPRK and listed the latter as part of an "axis of evil."

It is also well known to the world that the U.S. has so far threatened the DPRK by incessantly staging large-scale nuclear war exercises of various types against the DPRK, a variant of the "Team Spirit" war exercise, in South Korea and its vicinity.

The U.S. hard-line policy to stifle the DPRK fully betrayed its true colors in the wake of the Bush administration's listing the DPRK as part of an "axis of evil" and announcement of its plan for a preemptive nuclear attack on the DPRK.

The U.S. outcries for disarming the DPRK are, in essence, little short of calling upon the DPRK to abandon its system. This was more clearly evidenced by the statement of the U.S. President issued on Nov. 15.

The U.S. gravely insulted the spirit of the UN Charter by listing a UN member nation as part of an "axis of evil", to say nothing of the agreed framework. It also wantonly transgressed the basic spirit of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty by singling out nuclear-free states as the targets of its preemptive nuclear attack.

The DPRK has exercised its forbearance to the full.

With a view to keeping the AF from being derailed at any cost the DPRK proposed the U.S. for concluding a non-aggression treaty between the DPRK and the U.S. as a way of settling the nuclear issue on Oct. 25.

The DPRK proposal for concluding a non-aggression treaty is, in essence, the only realistic solution to the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula as it is aimed to settle the issues caused by the threat from the U.S. by the way of removing it.

The U.S. President and all other authorities said that the U.S has no intention to invade the DPRK. So, if they are sincere in their remarks, there is no reason whatsoever for them not to give legal assurances of non-aggression to the DPRK.

But the U.S. responded to the DPRK proposal for concluding a non-aggression treaty with a decision to stop supplying heavy oil to the DPRK.

The U.S. assertion that the DPRK violated the framework is a burglary logic of America-style superpower chauvinism that a big country may threaten a small country as it wishes but a small country should not try to cope with such threat.

The U.S. is seriously mistaken if it thinks this logic will work on the Korean Peninsula.

KPA navy command on S. Korean military's provocation on West Sea Pyongyang, November 21 (KCNA) -- A warship of the South Korean army committed such a grave military provocation as firing a gun at a patrol boat of the Korean People's Army (KPA) navy on its routine patrol duty in the West Sea on Nov. 20. In this regard the KPA navy command released a press release on Nov. 21.

It says:

At around 14:00 on Nov. 20 a patrol boat of the KPA navy rushed to the scene to intercept more than 10 unidentified vessels that had illegally sailed into the territorial waters of the DPRK. Timed to coincide with this, a warship of the South Korean army on alert in waters west of Paekryong islet threatened the patrol boat of the KPA, navy, suddenly firing several artillery shells towards it. The reckless provocation committed by the South Korean warship in broad daylight can not be construed otherwise than a deliberate and premeditated move of the South Korean military to aggravate the military tensions between the north and the south, keeping pace with the U.S. frantic nuclear racket.

The South Korean military authorities have recently persisted in their military provocations by sending warships one after another to the territorial waters of the DPRK in the West Sea. In November alone they illegally infiltrated 15 warships into the territorial waters of the DPRK five times including those provocations perpetrated on Nov. 12, 13, 16 and 19.

The reality proves that the South Korean military seeks to push the situation in the West Sea to an extreme pitch of tension as was the case with the last West Sea clash in a bid to curry favor with the U.S. keen on the moves to put international pressure upon the DPRK and isolate it. The KPA warns the South Korean military authorities not to run amuck, clearly understanding that such military provocations committed, pursuant to the U.S. strategy, may spark a new clash and entail irrevocable consequences.

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