[Commentary] Unpardonable Provocation against Dialogue Partner

Date: 16/05/2018 | Source: Rodong Sinmun (En) | Read original version at source

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Unpardonable Provocation against Dialogue Partner


In a statement issued on the occasion of "week for freedom" recently, the U.S. Department of State hurled mud at the DPRK, talking about "suppression", "violence" and "human rights abuses". And it blustered that "maximum pressure" would be maintained.

At a press conference held on the next day, a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State revealed the U.S. scheme to table the "human rights issue" at the talks, saying that they "clearly referred to the human rights situation in the DPRK" in the recently-published "report on human rights practices" and that they never stepped back from the issue.

Meanwhile, the south Korean Ministry of Unification held a "consultative meeting on the policy of human rights in the north", at which discussion was made on a proposal for "promoting the human rights in the north" and the issue of setting up a "foundation for human rights in the north".

It is an unpardonable challenge and blatant infringement upon the dignity and sovereignty of the DPRK.

The U.S. gets hell-bent on putting pressure on the DPRK, raising the non-existent "human rights issue" ahead of the DPRK-U.S. dialogue.

This is a senseless act of disregarding elementary etiquette towards the dialogue partner.

For the U.S. to cling to the provocative anti-DPRK "human rights" racket is little short of turning the trend of dialogue and peace back to the phase of confrontation and tension and, this may spoil the last hard-won opportunity of solving the issue.

Jo Nam Su

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