The Korean Peninsula is the focus of the world’s attention. It is because the Peninsula is fraught with the biggest danger of war. There exists neither a mechanism nor an agreement with binding force to prevent war.
The Korean armistice agreement has already been scrapped.
Since the Peninsula was bisected into the north and south, peace has been maintained there for over half a century. But it was an unstable peace on the eve of nuclear war and in an acute confrontation between the DPRK and the U.S.
It was a fortune that the touch-and-go situation has not been turned to a war as international analysts predicted.
Then what keeps the tense situation from being converted into war?
It is the invariable peace policy of the DPRK.
The DPRK has made sincere efforts to put an end to ceasefire and achieve peace on the Peninsula.
At the Geneva talks held in 1954 for peaceful settlement of the Korean issue the DPRK government advanced a concrete proposal to pull out all foreign forces from the Peninsula in accordance with the armistice agreement and bring about peace and peaceful reunification.
It did its best to reach even a principled agreement to the minimum when the talks faced rupture.
After disrupting the Geneva talks intentionally the U.S. continued to beef up its forces in south Korea, but the DPRK government reduced the troops of the Korean People’s Army by a large margin and took a measure to withdraw the Chinese People’s Volunteers.
The 3rd Session of the 5th Supreme People’s Assembly in March 1974 proposed holding talks between the DPRK and the U.S. to agree non-aggression, stop introducing all kinds of weapons, operation equipment and war materials from the outside of boundary of Korea, withdraw all foreign troops from south Korea and disallow the Korean Peninsula to be used as foreign military base or operation base.
In January 1984 the DPRK government advanced a peace package to hold tripartite talks involving the DPRK, the U.S. and the south Korean authorities for concluding a peace agreement between the DPRK and the U.S. and adopting a declaration of non-aggression between the north and the south of Korea and also set forth disarmament proposals containing detailed measures for peace on the Peninsula.
In April 1994 too, the DPRK government put forward a proposal to set up a new peace mechanism on the Korean Peninsula.
It also proposed concluding a tentative agreement between the DPRK and the U.S. replacing the armistice agreement to remove armed conflict and war danger and maintain peace on the Peninsula till a complete peace agreement is concluded.
Thanks to our positive efforts, general-level talks of the DPRK and U.S. military took place at Panmunjom to form a new armistice management organization on the Korean Peninsula.
In the latter half of the 1990s the issue on establishing a lasting peace mechanism on the Peninsula was discussed between the DPRK and the U.S. and at the quadripartite talks between the DPRK, the U.S., China and south Korea.
At the talks the DPRK government, proceeding from its will to achieve actual peace on the Peninsula, consistently proposed an issue on withdrawing the U.S. troops from south Korea and signing a peace agreement between the DPRK and the U.S.
Our fair and aboveboard peace proposals were unanimously supported by the progressives of the world.
The DPRK has made ceaseless efforts for peace in the new century too.
Despite our sincere efforts, however, the Korean Peninsula does not yet witness a lasting peace entirely because of the U.S. dishonest attitude to our proposal.
If the U.S. had accepted any one of our fair proposals, a lasting peace would have settled on the Peninsula.
It is a steadfast stand of the DPRK to promote peace on the Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia and the rest of the world. In the future the DPRK will maintain a firmer stand to defend stability and peace on the Korean Peninsula and contribute to global peace.