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North Korea's Statement of Withdrawal form the Nuclea Non-Proliferation Treaty

Following is the text of the North Korean government's statement yesterday on its withdrawal from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, as provided by the official Korean Central News Agency.

A dangerous situation where our nation's sovereignty and our state's security are being seriously violated is prevailing on the Korean Peninsula due to the United States' vicious, hostile policy toward the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The United States instigated the International Atomic Energy Agency I.A.E.A. to adopt another 'resolution' against the D.P.R.K. on Jan. 6 in the wake of a similar 'resolution' made on Nov. 29, 2002.

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Under its manipulation, the I.A.E.A. in those 'resolutions' termed the D.P.R.K. 'a criminal' and demanded it scrap what the U.S. called a 'nuclear program' at once, by a verifiable way, in disregard of the nature of the nuclear issue, a product of the U.S. hostile policy toward the D.P.R.K. and its unique status in which it declared suspension of the effectuation of its withdrawal from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Following the adoption of the latest 'resolution,' the I.A.E.A. director general issued an ultimatum that the agency would bring the matter to the U.N. Security Council to apply sanctions against the D.P.R.K. unless it implements the `resolution' in a few weeks.

This clearly proves that the I.A.E.A. still remains a servant and a spokesman for the U.S., and the treaty is being used as a tool for implementing the U.S. hostile policy towards the D.P.R.K. aimed to disarm it and destroy its system by force.

A particular mention should be made of the fact that the I.A.E.A. in the recent `resolution' kept mum about the U.S. which has grossly violated the treaty and the D.P.R.K.-U.S. Agreed Framework, but urged the D.P.R.K., the victim, to unconditionally accept the u.s. demand for disarmament and forfeit its right to self-defense, and the agency was praised by the U.S. for `saying all what the U.S. wanted to do.'

This glaringly reveals the falsehood and hypocrisy of the signboard of impartiality the I.A.E.A. put up.

The D.P.R.K. government vehemently rejects and denounces this `resolution' of the I.A.E.A., considering it as a grave encroachment upon our country's sovereignty and the dignity of the nation.

It is none other than the U.S. which wrecks peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and drives the situation there to an extremely dangerous phase.

After the appearance of the Bush Administration, the United States listed the D.P.R.K. as part of an 'axis of evil,' adopting it as a national policy to oppose its system, and singled it out as a target of pre-emptive nuclear attack, openly declaring a nuclear war.

Systematically violating the D.P.R.K.-U.S. Agreed Framework, the U.S. brought up another 'nuclear suspicion' and stopped the supply of heavy oil, reducing the Agreed Framework to a dead document.

It also answered the D.P.R.K.'s sincere proposal for the conclusion of the D.P.R.K.-U.S. nonaggression treaty and its patient efforts for negotiations with such threats as 'blockade' and 'military' punishment and with such an arrogant attitude as blustering that it may talk but negotiations are impossible.

The U.S. went so far to instigate the I.A.E.A. to internationalize its moves to stifle the D.P.R.K., putting its declaration of a war into practice.

This has eliminated the last possibility of solving the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful and fair way. It was due to such nuclear war moves of the U.S. against the D.P.R.K. and the partiality of the I.A.E.A. that the D.P.R.K. was compelled to declare its withdrawal from the Non-Proliferation Treaty in March 1993 when a touch- and-go situation was created on the Korean Peninsula.

As it has become clear once again that the U.S. persistently seeks to stifle the D.P.R.K. at any cost and the I.A.E.A. is used as a tool for executing the U.S. hostile policy towards the D.P.R.K., we can no longer remain bound to the treaty, allowing the country's security and the dignity of our nation to be infringed upon.

Under the grave situation where our state's supreme interests are most seriously threatened, the D.P.R.K. government adopts the following decisions to protect the sovereignty of the country and the nation and their right to existence and dignity:

Firstly, the D.P.R.K. government declares an automatic and immediate effectuation of its withdrawal from the treaty, on which 'It unilaterally announced a moratorium as long as it deemed necessary' according to the June 11, 1993, D.P.R.K.-U.S. Joint Statement, now that the U.S. has unilaterally abandoned its commitments to stop nuclear threat and renounce hostility towards the D.P.R.K. in line with the same statement.

Secondly, it declares that the D.P.R.K., withdrawing from the treaty, is totally free from the binding force of the Safeguards Accord with the I.A.E.A. under its Article 3.

The withdrawal from the treaty is a legitimate self-defensive measure taken against the U.S. moves to stifle the D.P.R.K. and the unreasonable behavior of the I.A.E.A. following the U.S.

Though we pull out of the treaty, we have no intention to produce nuclear weapons and our nuclear activities at this stage will be confined only to peaceful purposes such as the production of electricity.

If the U.S. drops its hostile policy to stifle the D.P.R.K. and stops its nuclear threat to the D.P.R.K., the D.P.R.K. may prove through a separate verification between the D.P.R.K. and the U.S. that it does not make any nuclear weapon.

The United States and the I.A.E.A. will never evade their responsibilities for compelling the D.P.R.K. to withdraw from the treaty, by ignoring the D.P.R.K.'s last efforts to seek a peaceful settlement of the nuclear issue through negotiations.