Pyongyang, June 2 -- A spokesman for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA Thursday as regards U.S. Vice President Cheney's vituperation against the supreme headquarters of the DPRK: On May 30 Cheney has gone so imprudent as to let loose vituperation against the supreme headquarters of the DPRK, once again revealing his inveterate intention not to recognize the DPRK.
Cheney is hated as the most cruel monster and blood-thirsty beast as he has drenched various parts of the world in blood.
It is the unshakable will of the people and army of the DPRK never to pardon anyone who dares hurl slanders and calumnies at their supreme headquarters but to mete out a stern punishment to him.
The DPRK has already called attention to the U.S. administration's mandarins' unabated pressurizing remarks intended to create confusion even after the May 13 New York contact at which the latter's side formally informed the former's side of its will to recognize the DPRK as a sovereign state and not to invade it. And it has since closely followed up the subsequent development.
Those remarks made by Cheney at a time when the DPRK-U.S. New York contact has kicked off in the direction of resuming the six-party talks clearly indicate his inveterate rejection of the political system in the DPRK and his intention to put the brake on the process of the six-party talks.
The remarks of Cheney, boss of the hawkish hard-liners, revealed the true colors of this group steering the implementation of the policy of the Bush administration.
We feel once again what good job we have done when we have stood in the stand-off with such hawkish hard-liners over the nuclear issue and the issue of the six-party talks.
What Cheney uttered at a time when the issue of the six-party talks is high on the agenda is little short of telling the DPRK not to come out for the talks. The United States should clearly know that the DPRK, a dignified independent and sovereign state, has never moved under any pressure.
We are strong enough to defy the pressure.
It was none other than the U.S. that compelled the DPRK to have access to nukes. It is, therefore, quite preposterous for the U.S. to take issue with this. Consistent is our stand to maintain the goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and seek a negotiated peaceful solution to the issue. But if the U.S. persists in its wrong behavior, misjudging our magnanimity and patience as a sign of weakness, this will entail more serious consequences.
If the U.S. has a real intention to peacefully settle the nuclear issue through dialogue, it should retract its remarks such as "outpost of tyranny" and provide a justification and conditions necessary for the resumption of the talks.