US double-dealing main stumbling block to settlement of Korean peninsula issue

The US is making much ado these days, describing the recent activities the DPRK conducted for self-defence as "threats to international peace and securityā€¯.

Terming them "armed provocations" timed to a certain occasion and aiming at a specific target, it faulted those measures which belong to our right to self-defence. This arrogant and self-righteous response is a concentrated expression of the American-style double-dealing attitude.

The US is still engrossed in the anachronistic concept that the world must obey its rule.

Today its high-handed practices have gone beyond the limit.

It actively shields some countries whether they violate international law or escalate regional tension. But it is hostile to those countries standing for independence against the US, faulting them over every matter.

Its double-dealing attitude can also be found in calling demonstrators at home who protested against racism "rioters", while eulogizing the "independent forces" and seditionists in other countries as "heroes and fighters".

The Korean peninsula is where the US double-dealing attitude finds most vivid manifestation.

Over the coincidental launches made on the Korean peninsula on September 15, the US said "north Korea's act is a threat to the US and the international community", while keeping mum about south Korea's action.

The US double-dealing act based on its deep-seated repugnance at the DPRK constitutes a stumbling block to the settlement of the Korean peninsula issue and a catalyst for exacerbating tension.

This is the real cause of the stalemate in the DPRK-US talks.

We are aware of the fact that the new US administration has for months been sending a signal wishing for our return to talks, and we also know well that it is misleading the public to convince the world that the DPRK is to blame for the failed resumption of the DPRK-US talks.

We have never opposed the dialogue itself.

Now that the US is wielding the double-dealing yardstick, it is self-evident that it is hard to expect talks at which respect for the dialogue partner, impartiality and equality are guaranteed.

Even though contacts are made and dialogues open now, it is certain that the US would raise the double-dealing yardstick by which it would call our acts for self-defence "threats" to the world peace and its allies.

Sitting for talks with the US would not bring any progress but only earn the US more time as it resorts to double standards in dealing with all the issues related to the DPRK.

What can be talked and negotiated when the US policy of hostility remains unchanged and cannot be changed?

Dialogue is never compatible with pressure.

Unless the US vouches for the withdrawal of its policy of hostility to the DPRK, the word denuclearization can never be put on the table.

The US should have a proper basic attitude in viewing and approaching the DPRK and abandon the customary attitude of doggedly faulting and antagonizing the latter.

The international community should see through the danger and absurdity of the US double standards worsening the situation on the Korean peninsula.


Kim Myong Chol, international affairs commentator