â€œWithout any trust in the USÂ there will be no confidence in our national security,â€ Ri Yong Ho said, and underscored: â€œThe DPRK Governmentâ€™s commitment to the denuclearization is solid and firm.â€
Yet, â€œif the party to this issue of denuclearization were South Korea (Republic of Korea) and not the US, the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula would not have come to such a deadlock,â€ he explained, underscoring the â€œfirm determinationâ€ of Chairman Kim Jong-Un, â€œto turn the Korean peninsula into a land free of both nuclear weapons and threats.â€
The Foreign Minister cited â€œsignificant goodwill measuresâ€ in the past year, such as stopping nuclear and missiles tests, dismantling the nuclear test site, and pledging not to proliferate nuclear weapons and nuclear technology.
â€œHowever, we do not see any corresponding response from the US,â€ he said.
â€œInstead of addressing our concern for the absence of peace regime in the Korean peninsula, the US insists on the â€˜denuclearization-firstâ€™ and increases the level of pressure by sanctions to achieve their purpose in a coercive manner,â€ he stated, adding that it even objected to the â€œdeclaration of the end of war.â€
â€œThe key to consolidating peace and security in the Korean Peninsula is to thoroughly implement the DPRK-US Joint Statement adopted in June at the historicÂ summit in Singapore,â€ he said, explaining that it contains principle issues, such as seeing a â€œcomplete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and humanitarian work between the two countries.â€
Once achieved, the Korean Peninsula, â€œthe hottest spot in the globe, will become the cradle of peace and prosperity that contributes to security in Asia and the rest of the world,â€ he said.
On domestic matters, the Foreign Minister pointed out that in April, Mr. Kim put a new focusÂ on economic construction, which he called â€œa historic taskâ€ requiring a peaceful environment â€œabove anything else.â€
â€œThe international society should support and encourageâ€ these efforts in response to â€œthe bold decisions and good-will measures we have takenâ€ for a peaceful Korean Peninsula, he stated.
Turning to the Security Council, he noted that it had not acknowledged the â€œmomentum for peace on the Korean Peninsula,â€ observing that the 15-member body had even rejected UN Member Statesâ€™ proposals to issue presidential statements welcoming the DPRK-US summit and Joint Statement.
In conclusion Mr. Ri urged the UN to â€œget rid of the stigma that â€˜UNSC equals USâ€™ as early as possible.â€Î¦
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