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DPRK refutes human trafficking charges by US
Updated: 2005-06-07 00:33

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Monday rejected the human trafficking charges by the United States, calling it "part of the US anti-DPRK psychological operation."

It is "part of the US anti-DPRK psychological operation aimed to damage the international prestige of the DPRK and realize a ' regime change' in it," the official Korean Central News Agency ( KCNA) said in a commentary.

In an annual report on human trafficking issued last week by the US State Department, Washington termed the DPRK as "a human trafficking source nation" and accused Pyongyang of taking no measures to combat it.

The KCNA commentary said that "the nature of Korean-style socialism does not allow such social vices as human trafficking."

"This only indicates that the US has gone to a reckless phase in its moves to damage the legitimate authority of the DPRK government," the commentary said.

A war of words between the DPRK and the United States has intensified as the six-party talks remain deadlocked.

The DPRK, China, Japan, Russia, the United States and South Korea have held three rounds of talks trying to resolve the DPRK nuclear issue. The six-party talks have been stalled since June last year amid differences between the DPRK and the United States. Pyongyang has accused Washington of adopting a hostile policy on the issue.

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