|The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday accused the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of taking an unjust attitude toward the nuclear issues of the Korean Peninsula.
"Since the disclosure of the secret nuclear-related experimentsin South Korea ... some forces of the IAEA rushed to cover up the secret nuclear experiments in South Korea, deliberately playing down the gravity of those experiments," said a spokesman for the DPRK's Foreign Ministry.
"Even before the inspection came to an end, they claimed that the experiments were merely done by individual scholars," he said.
"They even use the DPRK's legitimate nuclear activities as a leverage for covering up the South Korean nuclear issue, which they asserted is fundamentally different from the DPRK's nuclear issue as it has no comparison with the latter," he said.
The spokesman accused IAEA officials of creating the impressionthat the settlement of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula is delayed owing to the DPRK.
"The nuclear issue surfaced due to the US hostile policy and the six-party talks could not make any progress owing to its behavior." he said.
"Some forces of the IAEA remain hostile toward the DPRK. In consequence, the issue of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula is facing a new challenge and the prospect of its settlement is becoming gloomier," he added.