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2008/07/10 10:40 KST
NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 11 (July 10, 2008)

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Statement Made by Foreign Ministry's Spokesman on U.S. Lifting of Major Economic Sanctions against DPRK (KCNA/ June 27, 2008)

A spokesman for the DPRK (North Korea) Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to the question put by KCNA Friday as regards the U.S. announcement of its decision to lift major economic sanctions against the DPRK:

   On June 26 the U.S. made public a decision on starting the process of taking the DPRK off the list of "state sponsors of terrorism" and exempting it from the "Trading with the Enemy Act" as a practical measure for lifting economic sanctions against the DPRK under the October 3 agreement reached at the six-party talks.

   The DPRK appreciates and hails this as a positive measure.

   What is important in the days ahead is for the U.S. to fundamentally drop its hostile policy toward the DPRK, a policy that compelled it to have access to a nuclear deterrent.

   The measure taken by the U.S. to lift the major sanctions which it has applied against the DPRK, listing it as an enemy state for more than half a century, should lead to totally withdrawing its hostile policy toward the DPRK in all fields in the future.

   Only then can the denuclearization process make smooth progress along its orbit.

   Other participating nations of the six-party talks should also fully honor their commitments to make economic compensations in time as already promised.

   The six parties should have the fulfillment of all their commitments verified and monitored on the principle of the September 19 joint statement which calls for denuclearizing the whole Korean Peninsula in a verifiable manner.

   The DPRK will sincerely implement the September 19 joint statement, closely following each party's fulfillment of its commitment on the principle of "action for action" in the future, too, as it submitted a complete and accurate declaration on its nuclear activities this time in keeping with the U.S. measure for political compensation.

  
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Statement Made by Foreign Ministry's Spokesman on Implementation of Agreement Adopted by Six-Party Talks (KCNA/ July 4, 2008)

A spokesman for the DPRK (North Korea) Foreign Ministry released the following statement on July 4 as regards the implementation of the October 3 agreement adopted by the six-party talks.

   The October 3 agreement has entered a new phase in its implementation thanks to the DPRK's sincere efforts.

   The disablement of the nuclear facilities in the DPRK has been done more than 80 percent as of now and it implemented the agreed point that calls for presenting an accurate and complete nuclear declaration.

   The DPRK took the measure of completely blowing up the cooling tower of the pilot atomic power plant, in particular, going beyond the phase of disablement.

   This constitutes a step taken out of good will, a proof of the DPRK's will for the denuclearization, as it means that it has taken in advance the action to be done at the phase following the dismantlement of the nuclear facilities.

   The other participating parties of the six-way talks should join the DPRK in its efforts by honestly fulfilling their commitments.

   The U.S. published the measure for political compensation according to the October 3 agreement, but the measure for taking the DPRK off the list of "state sponsors of terrorism" has not yet taken effect due to its procedural factor and the measure for putting an end to applying the "Trading with the Enemy Act" against the DPRK has not been implemented to the full in the light of its substance, though the U.S. claims it came into force.

   The commitments of the five parties to make economic compensation have been fulfilled just 40 per cent as of now.

   A party whose chief delegate had seconded the above-said agreement by raising his hand at the six-party talks is refusing to participate in the undertaking to implement it, but it is still connived at.

   The DPRK is ready to cooperate in verifying the nuclear declaration but is maintaining the basic principle that the principle of "action for action" should be observed.

   By origin, the denuclearization of the whole Korean Peninsula in line with the September 19 joint statement presupposes its verification. The fulfillment of the commitments by all participating parties including the U.S. should be verified without exception.

   Only when all the participating countries accurately wind up the fulfillment of their commitments, is it possible to see the full implementation of the October 3 agreement and only then can the discussion of the issues at the next phase make smooth progress.

   This is the basic requirement of the principle of "action for action" and the consistent stand of the DPRK.

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