Sunday, June 27, 2010

NKorea says it suffered $64.96 trillion in damage from US-International Business-News-The Economic Times

NKorea says it suffered $64.96 trillion in damage from US-International Business-News-The Economic Times

BEIJING: North Korea claims to have suffered $64.96 trillion in human and material damage from the United States over the 60-year period from September 1945, the Pyongyang's official news agency said.

Of the total, $26.17 trillion relates to at least 5,060,770 civilians North Korea says were killed, wounded, or abducted by United States, and $13.73 trillion stemmed from economic sanctions, Korean Central News Agency said in a report.

Another $1.17 trillion in damage was incurred by the stoppage in construction of light water reactors and suspension of the provision of heavy oil to North Korea as agreed in the US-North Korea Agreed Framework in 1994, the report said.

The deal required Pyongyang to freeze and eventually dismantle its weapons-grade nuclear facilities in exchange for being provided with two light-water reactors for power generation.

The calculation was made by the Committee for Investigation into Damage Done by the US to the Northern Half of Korea, taking into account damage North Korea suffered from the 1950-1953 Korean War, economic sanctions and other "crimes" it alleges to have committed by the United States.

"The total amount will be incalculable" if political and moral damages caused by slandering the sovereignty and dignity of North Korea and infliction of moral pressure on the Koreans by the US moves for a new war and threats of preemptive nuclear attack are included, according to the report.
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