Nov 23, 2017
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA on November 22 as regards the fact that the US re-listed the DPRK as a "state sponsor of terrorism":
On November 21, the US made a rash act of re-listing the DPRK as a "state sponsor of terrorism".
Following Trump's reckless remarks on the UN arena of "totally destroying" our country, the US labelled the DPRK as a "state sponsor of terrorism" this time. This is a serious provocation and a violent infringement upon our dignified country.
Since 1979, it has been labelling those countries that are not obedient to it as "state sponsors of terrorism". In January 1988, it listed our country as a "state sponsor of terrorism" and de-listed it in October 2008.
It deleted Iraq and Libya from the list of "state sponsors of terrorism" that gave in to its pressure. It also deleted Cuba from the list as a part of normalization of bilateral relations. These facts clearly show that the label of a "state sponsor of terrorism" is just a tool for American-style authoritarianism that can be attached or removed at any time in accordance with its interests.
The US, the kingpin of all kinds of terrorism who cannot even prevent terror in its own territory, is acting like an "international judge on terrorism" while attaching or removing the label of a "state sponsor of terrorism" on sovereign countries. This is clearly an absurdity and a mockery to global peace and security.
The US act of listing other countries as "state sponsors of terrorism" is one of heinous means to suffocate independent countries disobedient to it, and a cloak to hide its incompetence.
The DPRK government values international justice and peace and consistently stands against all forms of terrorism and any sponsorship for terrorism. That's why the DPRK announced that it would faithfully fulfil its duty of nuclear non-proliferation before the international society as a responsible nuclear power.
We have nothing to do with "terrorism", and we do not care whether the US puts a cap of "terrorism" on us or not.
This time, while re-listing the DPRK as a "state sponsor of terrorism", the US announced additional sanctions against the DPRK under the pretext of blocking illegal funds for "prohibited nuclear and ballistic missile program of the DPRK".
The nuclear weapons of the DPRK are the deterrence to safeguard our sovereignty and our rights to existence and development from the US heinous hostile policy and nuclear threats that have lasted for over half a century, and as long as the US continues with its anti-DPRK hostile policy, our deterrence will be further strengthened.
By re-listing the DPRK as a "state sponsor of terrorism", the US openly revealed to the whole world its intention to destroy our ideology and system by using all kinds of means and methods.
Not content with its sanctions against our country, the US is making a last-ditch attempt to suffocate our country by labelling it as a "state sponsor of terrorism". However, no sanctions or pressure can stand up to the great and limitless strength of self-reliance and self-development of our people who are closely rallied around their leader.
Our army and people are full of rage and anger towards the heinous gangsters who dared to put the name of our sacred country in this wretched list of "terrorism" and are hardening their will to settle all accounts with those gangsters at any time in any way.
The US is talking about some kind of "peaceful solution" while making a provocation by labelling our dignified country as a "state sponsor of terrorism". Its pitiful lot reaffirms the philosophical truth that we were absolutely right to choose the path for simultaneously pushing forward the economic construction and the upbuilding of the nuclear force and that we must continue to keep the treasured nuclear sword in our hands more tightly.
The US will be held entirely accountable for all the consequences to be entailed by its impudent provocation to the DPRK.