In the absence of official documentation, information provided by DPRK
refugees, defectors, and travelers to the country indicates that drug use within North Korea appears to have increased in recent years.
The so-called human rights issue in the DPRK
is politically fabricated and, therefore, it is not at all relevant to the regional or international peace and security" DPRK
Ambassador to the UN Ja Song Nam said.
The Government of North Korea has not only imposed heavy fines on, but has also detained, arrested, and imprisoned persons who violated DPRK
laws, such as entering the country illegally or attempting to contact private DPRK
citizens without government authorization.
South Korea and the DPRK
agreed at the working-level talks Monday to hold their first high-level talks in six years, but the talks scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday in Seoul were called off on Tuesday due to disagreement over the level of chief delegates.
is set to light a fuse for a nuclear war, the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK
will exercise the right to a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors and to defend the supreme interests of the country," the Korean Central News Agency quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying in a statement.
In October 2007, President Bush approved the lifting of some sanctions imposed on the DPRK
under an act governing human trafficking.
should comply with its international obligations.
The long-range missile launch isolated the DPRK
further from the international community, the resolution said, noting that consequent harsh prices, which Pyongyang should pay for its provocation, will be blamed totally on the DPRK
But its posture and rhetoric have only made the DPRK
more determined to accelerate its "historic cause" of nuclear development to guarantee its security.
The EU has repeatedly expressed its expectation that the DPRK
engage in a credible and meaningful dialogue aimed at pursuing the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
Unpardonable are that Pence dared to defame the inviolable DPRK
government, terming it 'dictatorial regime', and absurdly slandered our congratulatory missions including the first Vice department director of the WPK Central Committee," the Spokesman said in the statement, read out by a stern-faced male broadcaster at the Korean Central Television.
This was the second time for the DPRK
and South Korea to hold talks at the truce village of Panmunjom, after they held their first high-level meeting on Jan.