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N. Korea urges U.S. to stop hostile policy, nuke threats

2014/07/01 15:10

SEOUL, July 1 (Yonhap) -- North Korea called on the United States on Tuesday to quit its hostile policy and nuclear threats against it in order to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, reaffirming its long-held stance of clinging to nuclear ambitions.

"Under such tense circumstances where the U.S.'s plot to stifle the DPRK is about to spark a nuclear war, it is self-evident that we cannot abandon nukes, the powerful physical strength capable of deterring a nuclear war," the Rodong Sinmun, the North's mainstay newspaper, said in an editorial.

While stressing that the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is what its former leaders called for, the daily under the North's Workers' Party said the goal can be achieved "only when the U.S. gives up the hostile policy toward the DPRK and nuclear threat posed to it from outside is totally terminated."

   DPRK is the acronym of the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The communist country has long claimed that its pursuit of nuclear power is to deter Washington, which poses a persistent threat to it to topple the regime.

Such a call came a day after Pyongyang made a surprise proposal to South Korea to stop all military hostilities, while calling for canceling upcoming military drills with the U.S.

The rare reconciliatory gesture comes ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Seoul this week. During the summit, Xi and the South Korean President Park Geun-hye are widely expected to seek ways to deal with the unruly North and its nuclear weapons program.

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