KCNA: DPRK on new US Administration

Macdonald Stainsby mstainsby at SPAMtao.ca
Fri Jan 26 00:38:41 MST 2001


DPRK ready to cope with whatever stand to be taken by new U.S.
administration

  Pyongyang, January 25 (KCNA)-- The spokesman of the Foreign Ministry of
the Democratic People's Republic of Korea gave today the following answer to
the question put by KCNA as regards the recent provocative remark made by
U.S. Secretary of State Powell against our supreme leadership. At a U.S.
senate confirmation hearing held on Jan. 18 he dared make such reckless
remark going against the elementary common sense as slandering our supreme
leadership as "dictator of north Korea."
It cannot but be something surprising that he did not bother to make
such a statement debasing the dignity of the DPRK.
This is an anachronistic behaviour diametrically contrary not only to
the world peace-loving people's expectation and desire for genuine peace and
stability on the Korean peninsula in the new century but to the present
level of the DPRK-U.S. relations.
The DPRK cannot but interpret what he said as a statement reflecting the
sinister intention of big war industrial monopolies and other conservative
hardliners in the U.S. to keep the U.S.-DPRK relations in the hostile and
belligerent relationship forever and thus fish in troubled waters.
The DPRK is fully ready to cope with whatever stand to be taken by the
new U.S. administration towards it.
The DPRK appreciates the progress so far made in the bilateral ties
through negotiations with U.S. politicians of reason but has no idea of
pinning any hope on those forces displeased with this process.
If the U.S. brandishes a sword at us, we will counter it with a sword
and if it shows good faith, we will reciprocate it.

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