Spokesperson for DPRK Foreign Ministry on Recent Developments in Venezuela

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on February 3 as regards recent developments in Venezuela:

An abnormal situation developed in Venezuela where the speaker of the parliament declared null and void the result of the presidential election held in last May and claimed himself as provisional president on January 23.

The situation in Venezuela is developing into a complicated international issue, as evidenced, inter alia, by the convening on January 26 of the UN Security Council emergency meeting on Venezuelan issue.

Any attempt by outside forces to remove a president legitimately elected according to the constitution of a sovereign state is an undisguised interference in internal affairs and a wanton violation of international law.

It is our firm stand that Venezuelan issues should be resolved in a peaceful way in accordance with the independent will and decision of the government and people of Venezuela.

Peoples of the whole world aspiring to justice and peace will ever stand by the government and people of Venezuela for safeguarding their sovereignty and stability.