Pyongyang, November 2 (KCNA) -- Kwon Jong Gun, director of the Institute for American Studies of the Foreign Ministry of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Friday issued a commentary titled "When does the United States wake up from the foolish greed and daydream".
The commentary reads in full:
The U.S. is still suffering from obsessive-compulsive neurosis.
Much water flew under the bridge but the U.S. still sticks to the pressure upon the DPRK, repeatedly clamouring about "denuclearization first, lifting of sanctions next".
Every day the high-ranking officials of the White House and the U.S. administration claim that "sanctions should be kept up until north Korea is denuclearized" at a time when the DPRK-U.S. negotiations are under way in Pyongyang for the improved bilateral relations and the international community is excited to see the "September Pyongyang Joint Declaration".
The U.S. feels uneasy about the failure of the international sanctions against the DPRK, frequently issuing the "caution notice" related with the sanctions and imposing sanctions upon objects supposed to have relations with the DPRK irrespective of nationality.
It puts pressure upon south Korea to adjust the improvement of inter-Korean relations according to the speed of the DPRK-U.S. nuclear negotiations, inform the U.S. of the concrete programs and timetables of the undertakings for inter-Korean cooperation in advance before pushing ahead with them and confirm the possible violation of sanctions.
Is this a way of removing the hostile relations between the DPRK and the U.S. and making a new history of improving their relations?
We can not but ask the U.S. whether the project of the century for peace on the Korean Peninsula and rest of the world should be conducted in such way.
What top leaders of the DPRK and the U.S. promised at historic Singapore meeting in June shaking hands is to put an end to the hostile relations of centuries between the DPRK and the U.S. and make a new history of improving the relations.
That's why it was hailed and supported by the whole world.
The U.S. is derailed from the main subject, the basic orbit of the improvement of the DPRK-U.S. relations and peace, losing the destination confirmed in Singapore and dashes for "denuclearization based on maximum pressure".
There is no justification for sanctions, and a summit of the century took place in Singapore in the wake of the active and preemptive measure of the DPRK. The U.S. still resorts to sanctions and pressure, though.
The U.S. should not forget what it promised.
The improvement of relations and sanctions are incompatible.
"Friendship" is inconsistent with "pressure".
Undoubtedly the U.S. is convinced that the sanctions and pressure increase the bargaining power in negotiations. It is the height of absurdity.
It can be said that the U.S. mode of thinking that the brutal way of hurting the other partner in the era of civilization helps increase its bargaining power in negotiation still remains in the medieval ages.
The U.S. thinks that its oft-repeated "sanctions and pressure" lead to "denuclearization". We cannot help laughing at such a foolish idea.
Now is the time for the U.S. to abandon a foolish idea that the DPRK came out to the negotiating table, yielding to the sanctions.
The U.S. claims that north Korea's response to dialogue is to get rid of the tough sanctions and the sanctions will not lift until the denuclearization is completed. Even middle school students in Korea ridicule the U.S. assertion.
The U.S. should admit that it came out to the negotiating table after it understood that "strategic patience", nuclear blackmail, military threat and intensive offensive to isolate and stifle the DPRK can never work on the DPRK and that the nuclear threat to the U.S. mainland is a matter of time.
On the contrary, the U.S. thinks that the DPRK came to the negotiations giving in to sanctions. The foolish judgment is the factor of all tragicomedies of the U.S. striking the world people dumb.
The U.S. cannot get rid of a pitiful lot unless it discards its foolish idea and frankly lays bare its inner feelings.
The U.S. would be well advised to look at the records of the DPRK-U.S. dialogue before making nonsense, if it cannot believe our warning.
Then it will clearly see the records of history that the DPRK came to the negotiations with the U.S. when the national power of the DPRK was fully displayed and its military muscle reached a higher stage, not when the DPRK could hardly stand under someone's pressure.
The U.S. should stop misleading the public into thinking that a key to the improvement of DPRK-U.S. relations lies in denuclearization.
By randomly calling for a mixture of things for denuclearization like declaration and verification, allegedly for the mending of the DPRK-U.S. relations, the U.S. is trying to get the world people confused, by making them into believing that denuclearization of the DPRK would solve everything.
Our question is if the nuclear issue of the DPRK is really a sore spot that caused all the complicated problems including the tension on the Korean peninsula and the bedeviled DPRK-U.S. relations.
In this context, a subjunctive mood may help probe the truth.
Let's imagine the U.S. is right when it claimed the DPRK's nuclear issue is a "root cause".
If so, "rare spectacles" should have been witnessed before the DPRK began nuclear development. In other words, the DPRK-U.S. relations should have been improved to be matchless and the Korean peninsula should have turned into a peaceful land without the threat of a war tens of years ago. Then it should be put it that the DPRK's access to nukes led to the disappearance of "all these good things" and appearance of "all the evils".
Can this be explained by the U.S. However brazen-faced one is, one must go ablush and would remain tongue-tied.
History sharply tells the world that without the U.S. presence in south Korea that led to the division of the land of Korea and the start of war to be followed by unceasing military provocations and nuclear blackmail, the nuclear issue of the Korean peninsula wouldn't have been raised from the outset.
As shown, the U.S. is totally to blame for all the problems on the Korean peninsula including the nuclear issue and therefore, the very one that caused all those must untie the knot it made.
The UN also said that sanctions were not unchangeable.
Nevertheless, the U.S. is crying out for putting the "maximum pressure" upon the DPRK, claiming that "there is nothing to give the DPRK before its denuclearization". It is just like a guilty party filing the suit first.
The U.S. should come to its senses as early as possible and behave reasonably and rationally, properly understanding who its rival is.
It had better stop the self-destructive act of putting pressure on the DPRK, aware of distress of predecessors who said that the U.S. drove its head into the wall of north Korea for more than seven decades but there is no change in north Korea and the U.S. head terribly ached.
Days ago, heard at the UN were laments and warning that "the world is sick with bad disease dubbed 'lack of confidence', confidence among states and confidence in international order have reached the deadline, and we should advance on the basis of facts, not fear, and reason, not illusion". The U.S. deserves to lend an ear to the laments and warning.
The U.S. should accept the advice of the international community that it is a big mistake to expect that the DPRK with strong sense of independence will meet the unilateral demand for denuclearization as long as tough sanctions against the DPRK go on and that the DPRK-U.S. negotiations should be simultaneous and phased course based on reciprocity and equality."
Now that we gave all things possible to the U.S., things it hardly deserves, by taking proactive and good-will measures, what remains to be done is the U.S. corresponding reply.
Unless there is any reply, the DPRK will not move even 1 mm, how costly it may be.
If the U.S. keeps behaving arrogant without showing any change in its stand, while failing to properly understand our repeated demand, the DPRK may add one thing to the state line for directing all efforts to the economic construction adopted in April and as a result, the word "pyongjin" (simultaneously conducting economic construction and building up nuclear forces) may appear again and the change of the line could be seriously reconsidered.
It is worth recalling that such view has already begun to appear in the DPRK.
The DPRK has waited for a long time with patience. However, nothing has changed in its surroundings but itself.
The U.S. will be able to dodge piteous future that may do harm to itself and the world only when it gives up its high-flying desire and one-sided viewpoint.