Our Agenda Preference: I. Setting of the Agenda III. Nuclear Programmes II. Human Rights Situation Session of the United Nations Security Council Position paper of the Democratic People‘s Republic of Korea The delegation of the Democratic People‘s Republic of Korea warmly welcomes the invitation of the UN Security Council to participate in its session. We are pleased being given the opportunity to explain our position regarding the deeply regrettable worsening of the situation on the Korean Peninsula. With the incoming Bush administration the security environment in North East Asia gradually deteriorated. We are noting with deep concern that the United States of America changed its policy on the Democratic People‘s Republic of Korea in various ways. We are especially alarmed by the „State of the Union Address“ (January 2002) of President George W. Bush in which he declared the Democratic People‘s Republic of Korea to be part of an „axis of evil“. Additionally we are very irritated by the „Nuclear Posture Review“ (2002) of the US Ministry of Defense which allows the US military the use of nuclear weapons against our republic and every other state considered to be a „rogue state“. Furthermore the new „National Security Strategy“ (2002) of the USA turns out to be a new doctrine for preemptive warfare as we have so bitterly discovered during the war against Iraq. We are also noting with regret that the UN Security Council was being instrumentalized by the United States of America to cover their aggressive „security“ policy. By signing the North-South Declaration (1991) and the Geneva Agreed Framework (1994) the Democratic People‘s Republic of Korea has shown its will to support the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. We like to draw the attention of the Security Council to our energy shortages which have been worsening since the oil shipments from the USA have been stopped in late 2002. We are also frightened by the latest developments with regard to the US military posture in the region. In early February 2003 the Pentagon announced that 24 heavy bombers, 12 B-1Bs and 12 B-52s, had been put on alert to deploy to the region. By early March all of those bombers had been deployed to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. President George W. Bush also stated that „all options are on the table“ to resolve the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. The Democratic People‘s Republic of Korea is willing to cooperate with the Security Council including the moderate forces on the US American side to resolve the tensions in the region. We are therefore recalling the obligations laid down in the Geneva Agreed Framework with which the government of the United States of America did not comply. We are expecting the United States to fullfil their committments regarding the diplomatic recognition of the Democratic People‘s Republic of Korea and the normalization of the trade relationships between our countries. We are encouraging all delegations of the United Nations Security Council to work closely together to resolve the crisis in a peaceful manner as implied in the United Nations Charter.