Excerpts from an English-language statement released Thursday by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on its nuclear weapons program and relations with the United States. The North Korean government refers to the country as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or the DPRK.
"The second-term Bush administration's intention to antagonize the DPRK and isolate and stifle it at any cost has become quite clear. . . .
An overview of North Korea's current nuclear and missile capabilities and a chronology of events and diplomacy since 2001.
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Full Text: The full statement by North Korea's foreign ministry on its nuclear program, as released in English by the North Korean news agency KCNA.
"We justly urged the U.S. to renounce its hostile policy toward 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."
"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."
"The U.S. has declared a new ideological standoff 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."
"It is by no means fortuitous that the world people raise their voices cursing and censuring the Bush administration as a group pursuing tyranny prompted by its extreme misanthropy, swimming against such trend of the world.
"We have shown utmost magnanimity and patience for the past four years since the first Bush administration swore in.
"We can not spend another four years as we did in the past four years and there is no need for us to repeat what we did in those years."
"The present deadlock of the six-party talks is attributable to the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK.
"There is no justification for us to participate in the six-party talks again given that the Bush administration termed the DPRK, a dialogue partner, an 'outpost of tyranny,' putting into the shade the hostile policy, and totally negated it. . . .
"The U.S. disclosed its attempt to topple the political system in the DPRK at any cost, threatening it with a nuclear stick. This compels us to take a measure to bolster its nuclear weapons arsenal in order to protect the ideology, system, freedom and democracy chosen by its people. . . .
"We had already taken the resolute action of pulling out of the NPT [nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty] and have manufactured nukes for self-defense to cope with the Bush administration's evermore undisguised policy to isolate and stifle the DPRK.
"Its nuclear weapons will remain nuclear deterrent for self-defense under any circumstances.
"The present reality proves that only powerful strength can protect justice and truth. . . .
"The DPRK's principled stand to solve the issue through dialogue and negotiations and its ultimate goal to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula remain unchanged."