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N. Korea say will build nuclear power unless U.S. abandons hostility

2017/03/01 18:05

SEOUL, March 1 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Wednesday said it will continue to build its nuclear capabilities unless the United States and South Korea give up what it claims to be a hostile policy of toppling Pyongyang's communist regime.

Calling its own nuclear capabilities the core of its self-defense, the North also blasted the two allies for calling its latest missile test a provocation.

"All the military steps taken by the DPRK in its territorial land, air and waters are the exercise of the legitimate right to self-defense to counter the persistent and brigandish nuclear threats and black mail of the U.S. and its vassal forces," a spokesman for the North's Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee said. DPRK stands for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

In a statement carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency, the unidentified spokesman told South Korean authorities to stop "ridiculous moves of branding the DPRK's measure for self-defense as provocation and mind their own chaotic internal affairs."

   The statement came amid efforts by Seoul and Washington to punish Pyongyang for its Feb. 12 launch of an intermediate-range missile, called the Pukguksong-2, against various U.N. Security Council resolutions that prohibit its weapons tests.

"Invariable is the stand of the DPRK to continuously bolster up the military capabilities for self-defense the pivot of which is a nuclear force and the preemptive attack capability unless the U.S. and south Korea give up their ambition for aggression evidenced by war drills staged at the doorstep of the DPRK under the veil of annual ones," the spokesman said.

The spokesman also filed a direct threat against the U.S., saying the North was not building nuclear weapons simply to use it against the South.

"They should clearly understand that the army and people of the DPRK will not use the precious nuclear weapons, which they built with much effort, just against the puppet group of traitors," the statement said.

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