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DPRK reaffirms its denuclearization pledge
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08:58, November 08, 2007

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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea(DPRK) on Wednesday reaffirmed that it will keep its promise on denuclearization.

"It is the consistent stand of the DPRK to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. It remains unchanged in its sincere efforts to achieve this aim," the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a statement.

The comment came after John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, urged Republican lawmakers to oppose the Bush administration's recent agreement with the DPRK to end its nuclear programs.

Since leaving the State Department late last year, Bolton has publicly rebuked the Bush administration on the agreement with DPRK, arguing that it is making a huge mistake by trusting Pyongyang to fulfill its promises.

"What he (Bolton) uttered is no more than a shrill cry intended to tarnish the image of the DPRK, well known to have kept its promise and faith," the KCNA said.

"Earnest talks are now under way between the DPRK and the U.S. in various fields including bilateral working-level talks," it said.

"U.S. conservative hard-liners are keen to have the above-said agreement scrapped and deter the U.S. administration from implementing it," the KCNA said, adding that "this is a clear indication that they do not wish to see the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula but only pursue a stand-off."

The DPRK agreed to disable all existing nuclear facilities and provide a declaration of all its nuclear programs by the end of this year, according to a joint document released on Oct. 3 when the second phase of the sixth round of the six-party talks ended in Beijing.

The United States would lead the disablement and provide initial funding, according to the document.

The six parties -- China, the DPRK, the United States, South Korea, Russia and Japan -- signed a landmark agreement on Feb. 13 that required the DPRK to declare all nuclear programs and disable all existing nuclear facilities, while the other parties must provide a total of 1 million tons of heavy fuel oil or equivalent aid to the country.

Source: Xinhua



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