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Foreign Ministry Issues Memo and Timeline on Nuclear Diplomacy (Haters, back off)

DPRK Foreign Ministry and DPRK government office buildings in central Pyongyang (Photo: NK Leadership Watch).

DPRK Foreign Ministry and DPRK government office buildings in central Pyongyang (Photo: NK Leadership Watch).

The DPRK Foreign Ministry issued a memorandum on November 21 (Monday) entitled “The DPRK’s Strengthening of its Nuclear Forces Is a Righteous Choice to Defend Itself from the Extreme Moves of the US to Stifle It.”  The memo concludes that the country “has chosen the road of possessing nuclear weapons as a self-defensive measure to safeguard its state and system from the constant nuclear threat of the US”  and that the “the US should face up to the new strategic position of the DPRK and take actual measures to show that they are willing to scrap its anachronistic hostile policy and nuclear threat against the DPRK.”

DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho addresses the UN General Assembly in New York on September 23, 2016 (Photo: UN).

DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho addresses the UN General Assembly in New York on September 23, 2016 (Photo: UN).

According to KCNA, the memo said:

Five years have gone by since the DPRK, after having lost its great leader, engaged itself in an all-out confrontation with the US imperialists to cope with their ever-worsening hostile moves and increasing nuclear threat against it.

The people of the DPRK have turned out in the struggle to implement the behests of the great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il), overcoming the pain and sorrow of having lost him. The US has employed all kinds of means and methods in vicious moves to check the advance of the DPRK and tried to seize the opportunity to stifle it.

However, the anachronistic hostile policy and nuclear threat that the US has enforced with unprecedented recklessness against the DPRK have only provoked its just and righteous countermeasure for self-defense and ended up in total and complete failure.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK hereby issues this memorandum to disclose the criminal acts of the US which has pushed the DPRK towards strengthening of its nuclear forces by making ceaseless hostile moves against it after it suffered the greatest loss of the nation.

1. Heinous hostile maneuvers against the DPRK aimed at political suffocation and system collapse

Since the year 2012, soon after the passing away of the great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il), the US began to openly pursue the objective to politically stifle the DPRK and overthrow its system by all means.

Blatant remarks denying the DPRK’s government, system and policy were made by high-level officials of the US and even Obama himself has constantly heaped malicious slander and criticism on the DPRK in his public appearances.

The gravity of hostile maneuvers of the US against the DPRK lies in the fact that they have grown extremely reckless and dangerous as to target the supreme leadership of our revolution.

The Obama administration dared to defame the supreme dignity of the DPRK as an extension of their malicious slander on it. This is the gravest of all sins which will never be forgiven for eternity.

This fully reveals the true nature of the policy of “strategic patience” pursued by the Obama administration, which is none other than an aggressive and heinous “strategic suffocation” policy against the DPRK.

By this time, the “human rights” racket which the US has long made against the DPRK has grown so reckless as to attempt to put their wild ambition of overthrowing the DPRK’s system into practice.

The US has gone so far as to breach the basic principles of international laws and ditch its dignity of a superpower by pleading with other countries to join their pressure racket against the DPRK through downgrading or severing ties with it.

The US political acts of hostility against the DPRK find graphic accounts in the following record of events;

– On March 25, 2012, Obama clamored about “isolation” of the DPRK while condemning its strengthening of nuclear deterrent.

– In June 2012, the U.S. Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues disclosed the provision of funds by the State Department to anti-DPRK media entities.

– On August 16, 2012, Obama signed the “North Korea Human Rights Reauthorization Act”.

– From March to June 2013, the US State Department released “International Narcotics Control Strategy Report”, “DPRK Human Rights Report”, “International Religious Freedom Report” and “Trafficking in Persons Report” to intensify its condemnation against the DPRK on baseless or fabricated data and allegations.

– On January 17, 2014, Obama signed the “Appreciation Act” for the 2014 fiscal year which allocated huge amount of funds for anti-DPRK “human rights” racket.

– On February 26, 2014, the US Secretary of State Kerry, in a press interview, labeled the DPRK as an “evil place” and said they should “hold it accountable”.

– On April 15, 2014, the US State Department officially announced its provision of funds to anti-DPRK “human rights” groups.

– From April 23 to 26, 2014, during his visit to Japan and south Korea, Obama criticized the DPRK as the “worst violator of human rights”.

– On September 23, 2014, the US Secretary of State Kerry personally called a “High-Level Meeting on North Korea Human Rights” in New York and fanned the atmosphere of pressurizing the DPRK.

– On November 18, 2014, an anti-DPRK “human rights resolution” was coercively adopted at the meeting of the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly at the instigation of the US

– On December 22, 2014, the US pressed for a meeting of United Nations Security Council with the agenda item of the DPRK’s “human rights situation”.

– On January 22, 2015, Obama made malicious remarks about the “collapse” of the DPRK in an interview.

– From May 17 to 18, 2015, during his visit to south Korea, the US Secretary of State Kerry provoked the supreme leadership of the DPRK by talking about “reckless disregard for human rights” and “the most egregious examples”.

– On December 10, 2015, the US has put the “human rights situation” of the DPRK on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council abusing its presidency of the Council.

– On February 18, 2016, Obama signed the “North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016” which included psychological warfare and “human rights” offensive against the DPRK to disintegrate it from within.

– On July 6, 2016, the US State Department released a report, pursuant to the “North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016”, that made impudent remarks about the supreme leadership of the DPRK while maliciously condemning the country.

– On September 20, 2016, Obama labeled the DPRK as a “wasteland” in his speech at the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

– On October 12, 2016, the US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs made vehement criticism of the supreme leadership of the DPRK.

– On October 28, 2016, during his visit to south Korea, the US Deputy Secretary of State condemned the policy of the DPRK government as “reckless and inhumane”.

The political acts of hostility committed by the US against the DPRK since its great leader passed away was indeed the most vicious, frantic and despicable of all times.

2. Intensification of the extremely dangerous military hostility and nuclear threat and blackmail

During the last five years the US revealed its intention to deliver a preemptive nuclear strike against the DPRK and intensified its military threats against us at a maximum pace.

The U.S. consistently increased the scale and intensity of the aggressive joint military drills which it conducts on annual basis, creating extreme tension on the Korean peninsula and driving the situation into a brink of nuclear war and seriously endangered peace and security in the region.

To take an example of the Key Resolve joint military exercise, one of the typical joint military drills of the US and the south Korean puppets, 2 100 US troops participated in the exercise in the year 2012, but the US steadily increased the number of troops to 3 500 in 2013, 5 200 in 2014 and 8 600 in 2015, and in 2016, 27 000 troops participated in the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle 16 joint military exercises.

Beside the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises, the US conducted over 40 provocative and aggressive military drills under various names on annual basis including Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military exercise, Max Thunder joint air force exercise, Double Dragon joint landing exercise and multilateral RIMPAC naval exercise, joint naval strike exercise, joint special force exercise, joint live firing exercise and so on. The total number of troops the US has committed to these exercises reached over 500 000.

Not only the scale of these war drills has increased, but also their character, purpose and contents became more and more provocative and frantic every year.

The US, obsessed with its ambition to invade the DPRK, has been deploying various kinds of modern military equipment and assets in and around the Korean peninsula and tried to threaten and blackmail it with nuclear weapons.

Since the year 2012, the US has consistently conducted various kinds of military drills against the DPRK, deploying its naval forces in and around the Korean peninsula including the nuclear carriers USS George Washington, USS Nimitz, USS Ronald Reagan, USS John C. Stennis, the flagship of the US Navy 7th Fleet USS Blue Ridge, nuclear submarines USS Ohio, USS San Francisco, USS Bremerton, USS Columbus, USS Olympia, USS North Carolina, USS Mississippi, Aegis cruiser USS Shiloh, Aegis destroyers USS Michael Murphy, USS Kidd, guided missile destroyer USS Spruance and so on.

In addition, the US moved B-1B, B-2, B-52 nuclear strategic bombers from the U.S. mainland to Guam and they flew to south Korea several times to conduct drills for landing and dropping nuclear bombs with the purpose of getting ready for a surprise nuclear preemptive strike against the DPRK.

Despite severe criticism and condemnation at home and abroad, the US proceeded with the deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) to south Korea in full-scale.

The US rapidly intensified its military provocations against the DPRK since the year 2012 and here are some of the examples;
– From February 27 to April 30, 2012, the US conducted the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises. These exercises were aimed at the mourning period in our country after the passing away of the great leader and conducted in accordance with its all-out war scenario OPLAN 5027 and OPLAN 5029 allegedly aimed to cope with “contingency” in the North.

– On June 22, 2012, the US conducted the largest-ever joint live firing exercise together with the south Korean puppet army at the south of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), using the DPRK flag as target.

– From August 20 to 31, 2012, the US conducted the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise in accordance with its “actual war scenario” against the DPRK. The flagship of the U.S. Navy 7th fleet and over 30 000 troops participated in this exercise.

– From March 1 to April 30, 2013, the US conducted the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises. The nuclear carrier USS George Washington, nuclear submarine and huge amount of forces and war machines were mobilized for these exercises and during the exercise B-52H nuclear strategic bomber and B-2 stealth bomber flew into the sky above south Korea and dropped dummy munitions and F-22 stealth fighters were deployed to the Osan Air Force base in south Korea.

– From August 19 to 30, 2013, the US conducted the Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military exercise. Over 30 000 US troops participated in this exercise and during the exercise B-52 nuclear strategic bombers flew into the sky above south Korea several times.

– On February 5, 2014, B-52 nuclear strategic bomber flew into the sky above the west sea of the Korean peninsula and carried out drills for air strike.

– From February 24 to April 18, 2014, the US conducted the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises. The purpose of these exercises were to take control of the DPRK nuclear facilities and to occupy Pyongyang. The US applied the “Protocol for US-ROK combined forces to respond to localized provocations by North Korea” and the “Tailored Deterrent Strategy” to these exercises.

– On August 6, 2014, three B-2 nuclear strategic bombers moved from the U.S. mainland to Anderson Air Force base in Guam.

– From August 18 to 29, 2014, the US conducted the Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military exercise. Over 30 000 US troops participated in this exercise and they carried out a drill for a surprise preemptive strike against the DPRK in accordance with the “Tailored Deterrent Strategy”.

– From March 2 to April 24, 2015, the US conducted the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military exercises aimed at “removing the DPRK headquarters” and “occupying Pyongyang”.

– On January 10, 2016, a B-52 nuclear strategic bomber took off from the Air Force base in Guam and flew into the sky above the Military Demarcation Line.

– From March 7 to April 30, 2016, the US conducted the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle 16 joint military exercises and disclosed its plan for “decapitation operation” and “high-density strike”.

– On April 26, 2016, Obama, in an interview, said “We don’t want them getting close. We could, obviously, destroy North Korea with our arsenals.”

– On June 17, 2016, a B-52 bomber fleet exercised dropping of nuclear bombs in the sky above south Korea.

– On July 8, 2016, the US announced together with the south Korean puppets their agreement to deploy THAAD in south Korea.

– On August 6, 2016, for the first time in ten years, the US stationed several B-1B nuclear bombers in Guam and three additional B-2 nuclear strategic bombers on August 9.

– Around August 23, 2016, B-1B, B-52, B-2 nuclear strategic bombers took off at the same time from Guam and flew to the Korean peninsula.

– On September 13, 2016, two B-1B U.S. nuclear strategic bombers flew into the sky above south Korea and again on the 21st, and this time, one of them landed at the Osan Air Force base in south Korea.

As one can see through the above-mentioned facts, the reckless and dangerous provocations of the U.S. to seek military invasion and collapse of the DPRK were highly intensified and reached an extreme phase.

3. Inhumane sanctions aimed at economic suffocation

The maneuvers of the U.S. to impose sanctions on the DPRK are ages old and their viciousness is also widely known to the world. However, what the U.S. did in the last five years was indeed unprecedented in its pace and intensity.

The US regarded economic sanctions as the main tool for implementing its hostile policy against the DPRK and employed every heinous and vicious means to suffocate the DPRK.
The US made an issue of the DPRK’s legitimate right to peaceful development of outer space and its buildup of self-defensive nuclear deterrence and made frantic attempts to fabricate heinous “sanctions resolutions” by usurping the United Nations Security Council.

All the “sanctions resolutions” fabricated at the UNSC by the US and its followers against the DPRK pursue heinous goal to deprive the DPRK of its right to existence, subsistence and development by blocking the regular economic activities of the DPRK through all despicable means and methods.

Through the so-called UN “sanctions resolutions”, the US seeks to prevent the DPRK from its routine financial transactions with other countries; put all the channels linked to the DPRK under tight control; force the inspection of any vessel sailing to and from the DPRK and prohibit entry of such vessel into ports of other countries; have other countries deny permission to any aircraft of the DPRK to take off from, land in and overfly their territory.

The US went so far as to devise a provision for the “ban on export and import of luxury goods” and prevented import of sport apparatus which has nothing to do with development of arms and even included daily necessities and children’s toys in the list of “banned goods”.

Pursuant to the anti-DPRK “sanctions resolutions” it has forged, the US is running amuck to impose unilateral sanctions while forcing other countries to get on board.

The following are the facts and figures about the abhorrent anti-DPRK sanctions maneuvers made by the US for the last five years;

– On June 18, 2012, Obama declared the extension of state emergency and economic sanctions targeting the DPRK pursuant to the “International Emergency Economic Powers Act”.

ㅡ On January 22, 2013, the U.S. made an issue of the DPRK’s peaceful satellite launch and instigated the UNSC to adopt the “sanctions resolution 2087”. On January 24, the US State Department and the Treasury Department announced unilateral sanctions on the basis of the “resolution”.

– On March 7, 2013, the US pushed the UNSC to adopt the “sanctions resolution 2094”, while making an issue of the DPRK’s third nuclear test which was a righteous measure for self-defense. The Treasury Department declared unilateral sanctions, pursuant to the “resolution”.

– In September 2013 and November 2014, the US Treasury Department issued a warning to all the US financial institutions urging them to maintain the financial sanctions against the DPRK at the highest level.

– From April 23 to 26, 2014 during his visit to Japan and south Korea, Obama talked about tougher “sanctions” and “pressure” against the DPRK.

– On January 2, 2015, Obama issued an executive order to impose sanctions on the DPRK as regards the alleged hacking into Sony Pictures Entertainment and, pursuant to the order, the Treasury Department enforced the sanctions.

– In July, September, November and December 2015, the US State Department and the Treasury Department designated the DPRK’s individuals and entities to be subject to the additional sanctions.

– On February 18, 2016, Obama signed the “North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016”, a law on comprehensive sanctions and pressure targeting the DPRK.

– On March 2, 2016, the US instigated the UNSC to adopt the “sanctions resolution 2270” by taking issue with the DPRK’s H-bomb test and peaceful satellite launch. The US State Department and the Treasury Department enforced sanctions pursuant to the “resolution” as well as unilateral sanctions.

– On March 16, 2016, Obama issued an executive order to impose sanctions on the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and the government of the DPRK. The Treasury Department designated the DPRK’s individuals, entities and vessels to be subject to the unilateral sanctions.

– On June 1, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department designated the DPRK as a “jurisdiction of primary money laundering concern”.

– On July 6, 2016, the US State Department bitterly condemned the DPRK in its report issued pursuant to the “North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016”, and the US Treasury Department announced unilateral sanctions as a follow-up.

– On November 4, 2016, the US Treasury Department issued a final rule under section 311 of the “Patriot Act” to further restrict the DPRK’s access to the US financial system.

The ongoing economic sanctions imposed by the US are indeed the toughest of all times and they are vicious hostile acts seeking to suffocate the DPRK’s overall economy, undermine the people’s livelihood and ultimately isolate and stifle the DPRK.

As shown by the facts above, during the last five years the US has designated the DPRK as the primary target for attack and regime change in the implementation of their aggressive Asia-Pacific domination strategy and steadily and systematically intensified political, military and economic pressure on it.

The desperate hostile policy of the US toward the DPRK gave rise to the self-defensive measures from the latter.

In response to the U.S. hostile acts of having wantonly violated the DPRK’s legitimate right to peaceful satellite launch and fabricated another “sanctions resolution” by instigating the UNSC, the DPRK conducted the third nuclear test on February12, 2013 as part of practical countermeasures to safeguard the country’s security and sovereignty.

The H-bomb test conducted for the first time by the DPRK in January 2016 was also a self-defensive measure to firmly protect the country’s sovereignty and the nation’s right to existence and guarantee peace on the Korean peninsula and the regional security from the frantic attempts of the US to put in place the harshest-ever political isolation, economic blockade and military pressure and even impose nuclear holocaust on the DPRK.

Deeply unnerved by the DPRK’s strengthened nuclear forces, the US sought reckless military provocations, even touting about the “decapitation operation” and “high density strike”. To cope with these nefarious provocations of the US, the DPRK demonstrated mighty nuclear strike capabilities of Chuch’e Korea through the disclosure of a miniaturized nuclear warhead and successful test fire of submarine launched ballistic missiles and surface to surface medium and long range strategic rocket “Hwasong-10”.

On September 9, 2016, the DPRK has made a successful nuclear warhead detonation as part of its substantive countermeasures against the threats and sanctions by the U.S. and other hostile forces who severely criticized the DPRK’s exercise of right to self-defense and doggedly denied its strategic position.

All the facts above clearly substantiate the truth that the root cause of escalated tension on the Korean peninsula lies with the US hostile policy and nuclear threats against the DPRK, not the latter’s nuclear and missile tests.

The DPRK has chosen the road of possessing nuclear weapons as a self-defensive measure to safeguard its state and system from the constant nuclear threat of the US.   We are strengthening our nuclear forces both in quality and quantity, holding fast to the line of simultaneously developing the national economy and nuclear forces as our strategic line.

The US should face up to the new strategic position of the DPRK and take actual measures to show that they are willing to scrap its anachronistic hostile policy and nuclear threat against the DPRK.

This, and only this will be the first base of resolving all the issues.

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