End of War Is Not A Gift: KCNA Commentary

Some American experts on Korean issue are recently spouting such rubbish that the U.S. should force the DPRK to not only declare its nuclear program and have it verified but also dismantle its Nyongbyon nuclear facility and missile facility in return for the U.S. response to a war-end declaration.

The issue of the war-end declaration should have been resolved half a century ago, under the Armistice Agreement. It is also the most basic and primary process for the establishment of new DPRK-U.S. relations and peace mechanism on the Korean peninsula, to which the U.S. was also committed.

In actuality, the issue of the war end had been proposed already more than one decade ago by the U.S. during the Bush II administration. And as has been also specified in the “Declaration for Development of North-South Relations and Peace and Prosperity” adopted on October 4, 2007 and the “Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Reunification in the Korean Peninsula” on April 27 last, it is the matter to which the U.S. and other relevant parties paid more attention than the DPRK.

The end of war, which meets the interests of not only the DPRK and the U.S. but also the countries in Northeast Asia wanting peace of the Korean peninsula, is not at all a gift from one side to the other. Furthermore, it can never be a bargaining chip for getting the DPRK denuclearized.

Now that the DPRK and the U.S. are aspiring after the establishment of new relations true to the spirit of the June 12 DPRK-U.S. joint statement, it is quite natural to put an end to the belligerent relations between them.

But, if the U.S. doesn’t want the end of war, the DPRK will not particularly hope for it, either.

As far as the Nyongbyon nuclear facility is concerned, it is just a core one for the nuclear program of the DPRK, as acknowledged by the U.S. and other countries of the world.

Out of its fixed stand to remain true to the joint statement made at the DPRK-U.S. summit, however, the DPRK clarified in the “September Pyongyang Joint Declaration” that it is willing to continuously take such additional steps as eternal dismantlement of the Nyongbyon nuclear facility if the U.S. takes a corresponding measure.

The DPRK is taking substantial and crucial steps to implement the joint statement made at the DPRK-U.S. summit, but the U.S. is still trying to subdue someone by resorting to sanctions, chanting the escalation of sanctions and pressure against the DPRK.

Worse still, those called as experts on the Korean issue are orchestrating a farce of putting a price on the issue which should have been settled 60- odd years ago.

Whoever is truly interested in the settlement of the nuclear issue of the Korean peninsula should approach it with a proper understanding of the historic origin and essence of the nuclear issue of the Korean peninsula.