At the General Debate of the First Committee of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly on Oct. 6, North Korea presented its side of the conflict with the U.S. and explained why it needs nuclear weapons to defend itself.
Following is the statement of the permanent representative of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to the United Nations:
For success of nuclear disarmament efforts, the countries that possess largest nuclear arsenals should take the lead in dismantling nuclear weapons, roll back nuclear doctrines of aggressive nature such as "preemptive strike" and withdraw nuclear weapons deployed outside their own territories.
With regard to the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty (NBT) adopted at the UN in July this year on the initiative of non-nuclear-weapon-states, the disapproval and rejection on the part of nuclear-weapon-states including the U.S. and the military allies cast a gloomy shadow on the prospects of the treaty.
The DPRK agrees with the primary focus of the NBT on total elimination of nuclear weapons; however, since the U.S. that poses nuclear threat and blackmail on the DPRK rejects the NBT, the DPRK is not in position to accede to the treaty.
Its possession of H-bomb and ICBM is a part of legitimate self-defensive measures to put a definite end to the nuclear threats and hostile policy of the U.S. and safeguard its sovereignty and rights to existence and development.
Nevertheless, the U.S. is taking issue with the self-defensive measures of the DPRK for bolstering up its national defense capability, labeling them as "threats" and "provocations". It even rigged up several "sanctions resolutions" against the DPRK at the UN Security Council, thus disguising the issue as one between the DPRK and UN.
UN member states should know correctly with distinction whether the DPRK's possession of nukes and ICBM poses a "global threat" as claimed by the U.S. or the threat confined to the U.S. alone.
The U.S. is the one and only country in this world that massacred hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians by using nuclear weapons in the real war.
No other country in this world has been exposed to the U.S. nuclear threat for a long time, directly with intensity as much as the DPRK.
To all intents and purposes, the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula was spawned and developed into the present phase today because of the U.S. and, accordingly, the blame for it is entirely on the U.S.
The DPRK will neither put the nukes and ballistic rockets on negotiating table in any case nor flinch even an inch from the road to bolstering up the nuclear forces chosen by itself, unless the U.S. hostile policy and nuclear threat to the DPRK are fundamentally eliminated.
Should the U.S. ignore the repeated warnings and pounce upon the DPRK with military force at last, the DPRK will inflict severe punishment with its power of self-reliance and self-development it has so far consolidated.
Today, Saturday, October 7th Donald Trump tweeted:
Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid.... hasn't worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!
China, Russia and North Korea have proposed a freeze of North Korea's nuclear weapons program in exchange for the U.S. freezing its menacing war games targeted at North Korea. The United States refused to consider ending its war games.
North Korea has been consistent in what it wants — for the U.S. to simply stop the incessant threats and war games.
The one thing that would resolve the conflict would be for the United States to simply apologize for its war crimes against North Korea and withdraw its troops from South Korea. North Korea would no longer feel the need to threaten the U.S. or South Korea and could rejoin the rest of the world in pursuing peace and prosperity.
For more information on America's conflict with North Korea see the October issue of Trillions magazine.