Following is the full text of a statement by North Korea's foreign ministry, as released in English by the North Korean news agency KCNA:
PYONGYANG, North Korea, Feb. 10 -- The DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement Thursday to clarify its stand to cope with the grave situation created by the U.S. hostile policy towards the DPRK.
The statement says:
The second-term Bush administration's intention to antagonize the DPRK and isolate and stifle it at any cost has become quite clear.
As we have clarified more than once, we justly urged the U.S. to renounce its hostile policy towards the DPRK whose aim was to seek the latter's "regime change" and switch its policy to that of peaceful coexistence between the two countries. We have closely followed with patience what policy the second-term Bush regime would shape after clarifying the stand that in that case it would be possible to solve the nuclear issue, too.
However, the administration turned down our just request and adopted it as its policy not to coexist with the DPRK through the president's inaugural address and the State of the Union address and the speech made by the secretary of state at the Congress hearing to get its approval, etc.
The remarks made by senior officials of the administration clarifying the official political stance of the U.S. contained no word showing any willingness to coexist with the DPRK or make a switchover in its policy towards it.
On the contrary, they have declared it as their final goal to terminate the tyranny, defined the DPRK, too, as an "outpost of tyranny" and blustered that they would not rule out the use of force when necessary.
And they pledged to build a world based on the U.S. view on value through the "spread of American style liberty and democracy."
The true intention of the second-term Bush administration is not only to further its policy to isolate and stifle the DPRK pursued by the first-term office but to escalate it.
As seen above, the U.S. has declared a new ideological stand-off aimed at a "regime change" in the DPRK while talking much about "peaceful and diplomatic solution" to the nuclear issue and the "resumption of the six-party talks" in a bid to mislead the world public opinion.
This is nothing but a far-fetched logic of gangsters as it is a good example fully revealing the wicked nature and brazen-faced double-dealing tactics of the U.S. as a master hand at plot-breeding and deception.
The DPRK has clarified its stand that it would not pursue anti-Americanism and treat the U.S. as a friendly nation if it neither slanders the political system in the DPRK nor interferes in its internal affairs. It has since made every possible effort to settle the nuclear issue and improve the bilateral relations.
However, the U.S. interpreted this as a sign of weakness, defiled the dignified political system in the DPRK chosen by its people and wantonly interfered in its internal affairs.