The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday slashed the US for doing things contrary to the spirit of the joint statement of the recent six-party talks on the nuclear issue of the Korean peninsular.
"If the United States persists in its hostile acts against the DPRK contrary to the spirit of the joint statement of the six-party talks, the DPRK will be left with no option but to take self-defense steps to cope with those acts," a spokesman of the DPRK's Foreign Ministry said.
The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that "the United States was putting into practice sanctions blocking the legitimate financial transaction of the DPRK."
"The diatribe is nothing but a version of the trite psychological warfare conducted by the US administration to justify its hostile policy toward the DPRK as the former has slandered the latter by attaching a variety of labels such as 'part of an axis of evil' and 'a rogue state'," the spokesman said.
"The US administration's evermore undisguised smear campaign against the DPRK is aimed to put international pressure upon it in a bid to shake its 'system'. This indicates that the US remains unchanged in its real intention to 'bring down the system' in the DPRK," he added.
The spokesman said that the Bush administration managed to put pressure upon the DPRK by applying sanctions in advance to compel Pyongyang to accept the US aim of DPRK's abandoning "nuclear program first" at the six-party talks.
"This compels the DPRK to suspect whether the Bush administration has the willingness to implement the joint statement of the six-party talks or not," the spokesman stressed.
"The DPRK has already declared it would regard the US sanctions against it as a declaration of war. The DPRK does not say empty words," he warned.
The second phase of the fourth round of the six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula's nuclear issue ended on Sept. 19 in Beijing. A joint statement was released by the six sides during the round.