It is the common aspiration and desire of humankind to live in freedom and happiness in a peaceful world with no nuclear weapons and nuclear war.
Today, due to the U.S. and its vassal forces, the danger of nuclear war is increasing in the Korean peninsula and various regions of the world and national sovereignty and the right to existence are severely threatened and violated. The prevailing reality today demands that all peace-loving forces make joint efforts to fight against the high-handedness and arbitrariness, nuclear threat and nuclear war provocations of the imperialists in their attempt to threaten the humankind and dominate the world with nukes.
Amidst such aspirations and expectations of the humankind, UN conference for negotiating the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was held twice this year and its Treaty was formally adopted on July 7.
However, the U.S. as the world-largest nuclear power and the main state party to be involved in eliminating the nuclear weapons is openly asserting that it would not sign or accede to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, insisting that this Treaty ignores the environment of international security.
Although the Treaty was adopted with the support and consent of over 120 UN member states, not only the nuclear weapon states but also those countries under the “nuclear umbrella” of the U.S. including Japan and south Korea are opposed to accession to the treaty. As such, the misgivings about the effectiveness of the treaty are increasing with dark shadow hovering over the prospect for its future.
What cannot be ignored is that the U.S. which persistently opposes the treaty itself is vociferating more loudly about the “nuclear threat” of the DPRK to seek an excuse for its opposition.
From the early days of negotiating the treaty, the U.S. referred to the treaty as unrealistic by taking an issue with the DPRK’s measures for bolstering nuclear forces. And as soon as the treaty was adopted, the U.S. published a joint statement with some nuclear weapon states and made a stream of criticism of the treaty saying that the treaty does not provide any solution to the serious threat posed by the nuclear program of the DPRK and that it endangers the existing international security system which contributes to the maintenance of international peace and security.
In the meantime, the American newspaper “Wall Street Journal” dated July 16 last tried to justify stand of the U.S. administration on opposing the treaty claiming that north Korea does not join the treaty but develops more nukes and missiles.
It cannot but be an extreme impudence for the U.S., the world-largest nuclear power and the worst nuclear criminal state, to hype up “threat” from someone and clamor as if it were an “apostle of justice and peace”. It is also intolerable mockery of justice and conscience.
The U.S. is the very country that made nuclear weapons first in the world and the only country that inflicted nuclear disaster on humankind. It is also none other than the U.S. which is the prime culprit that designates sovereign states as targets of nuclear attack and makes it its daily business to impose nuclear blackmail and threats.
Though it has passed over half a century, the humankind still remembers vividly the crime against humanity by the U.S. that committed a massacre of peaceful population by dropping nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki 72 years ago.
The U.S. never hesitated to commit such barbarous acts of dropping nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, with a view to realizing the ambition of dominating the Asia-Pacific region.
The number of the victims of the U.S. nuclear bombs dropped at the time amounted to nearly 700,000.
About the miserable state caused by the nuclear dropping, even William Reggie, the then adviser to U.S. president Roosevelt confessed that Americans as the first users of atomic bombs have now reached the same moral level of the barbarians in the medieval times.
It is the unchangeable ambition of the U.S. to dominate the world with nuclear weapons.
The U.S. is now possessed of and also developing thousands of nuclear weapons whose explosive power is incomparably stronger than the nuclear bombs dropped in Hiroshima or Nagasaki.
According to a report on the nuclear weapons status of the world released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute(SIPRI), the U.S. is scheming to squander US$ 400billion on maintaining and upgrading nuclear weapons for a decade from 2017 and enormous fund totaling US$ 1 trillion on modernizing them for three decades in the future.
Former President Obama who became a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for his advocacy of building “a world without nuclear weapons” also used to talk about “reduction of nuclear weapons” and “denuclearized world” while running amuck to develop nuclear-tipped missiles, nuclear strategic bombers and nuclear submarines, pouring astronomical sum of money into the plan for modernizing nuclear weapons.
Concerning the status of the U.S. nuclear weapons whose stockpile are more than enough to put the world into a nuclear catastrophe, the American scientists themselves acknowledge that the U.S. could bring the world into a disaster of “nuclear winter” with only 100 of them
President of the Center of American Studies of the Chinese Institute of International Affairs wrote in an article that the U.S. is the state which possesses largest amount of nuclear weapons, used the nuclear weapons alone and threatened to use them against other countries several times. He continued to say that the core policy of the nuclear weapons strategy of the U.S. remains to use them first and it has continuously upgraded and developed its nuclear arsenal.
The aggressive and hegemonic ambition reflected in the nuclear policy of the U.S. that regards the nuclear weapons as almighty means necessary to violate and obliterate the sovereignty of other countries has not changed even the least. Today, it finds clear expression in its strategy to dominate the whole of Korea.
In order to realize its aggressive strategy for domination of the Asia-Pacific, the U.S. has designated the DPRK as a primary target of attack and object of subversion and incessantly intensified political, military and economic pressure against it. It has also ceaselessly conducted nuclear war exercises under the pretext of their “annual” and “defensive” nature.
This year also the U.S. staged the largest-ever joint military exercises against the DPRK by introducing into the Korean peninsula and its vicinity all sorts of nuclear strategic assets including nuclear carriers, nuclear submarines and nuclear strategic bombers and mobilizing huge amount of aggression forces, and has driven the situation on the Korean peninsula to the brink of war where nuclear war could break out at any moment.
All these facts clearly show that the U.S. is the worst nuclear criminal state in the world, the ringleader of nuclear arms race and nuclear proliferation and the enemy of peace who threatens and destroys the security and stability of the world.
Had the U.S not come into being on this earth, there would not have existed the nuclear threats nor the terminology of denuclearization ever found.
If the U.S. had not developed the nuclear weapons and indulged in nuclear threats and blackmail, the other countries would not have taken the trouble to develop nukes with so much effort and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons itself would not have come into being in this world.
Such being the case, the U.S. is doggedly condemning others for “nuclear threats.” It is no more than a despicable attempt to cloak its ambition to dominate the world with nuclear weapons in hands forever.
Moreover, it is an intolerable challenge and mockery of the humankind’s desire to live in a peaceful world free from nuclear weapons.
The nuclear deterrent of the DPRK is not the “threat” to the world peace. Rather, it is a valuable weapon of justice to deter the nuclear threat and the danger of nuclear war of the U.S. against the DPRK and to safeguard the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and the world.
It is exactly this valuable nuclear weapon that the DPRK holds in hands to defend its sovereignty and the right to existence in the face of the extreme hostile policy and nuclear threat and blackmail of the U.S. against the DPRK.
Kim So Hye, Researcher of the Institute for Disarmament and Peace,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DPR Korea