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UPDATED: 09:21, December 05, 2004
DPRK calls for establishment of peace mechanism in six-party talks
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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Saturday that Pyongyang is not in a hurry to resume the six-party talks on the country's nuclear activities saying it wants to establish a "peace mechanism" with the five other parties involved while discussing nuclear issues on the Korean peninsula.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a commentary Saturday that the United States' claim of wanting "the establishment of a peace mechanism after the settlement of the nuclear issue," gives the impression that the US is interested in settling the Korean Peninsula issue.

The real intention of the US government, it said, is to avoid the establishment of a peace mechanism on the Korean peninsula because the US wants to maintain the current confrontation with the DPRK in order to be able to "fish in troubled waters."

"Under a peace mechanism, the US has to recognize the DPRK's political system and make a switchover in its policy in the direction of co-existing with the DPRK in peace. Then it would be impossible for the US to overthrow the DPRK's regime or lead to the dismantlement of its nuclear program," the commentary declared.

A lasting peace mechanism was proposed by US Assistant State Secretary James Kelly during the second round of six-party talks held in Beijing, pledging that if the DPRK abandons its nuclear ambitions completely, the US and four other parties would sign a long-term peace agreement with the DPRK to replace the current non-aggression pact, known as the armistice mechanism, in place for the last 50 years.

According to the commentary, the establishment of a peace mechanism was envisaged in the Korean Armistice Agreement and a UNresolution supporting it was adopted. All participants in the six-party talks have manifested their stands that the issue of establishing a peace mechanism on the Korean peninsula should be included in the process of settling the nuclear issue, the commentary said.

"It is essential to replace the armistice mechanism by a peace mechanism in order to improve the present situation prevailing in the Korean Peninsula, to remove the acute military standoff in particular," said the commentary, stressing that "it conforms withthe interests of those countries around Korea."

"Only through the establishment of a peace mechanism is it possible to create an atmosphere favorable for the peaceful co-existence of the DPRK and the US and the accomplishment of Korea'sreunification," the commentary said.

It went on to say that a peace agreement between the DPRK and the US should include a comprehensive solution to the political and military issues between the DPRK and the US and between Korea's north and south.

Such an agreement would completely clear the concerns of all relevant parties about the security issues on the peninsula and will naturally lead to the settlement of the nuclear issue, the commentary declared.

Source: Xinhua

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