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DPRK has power to deter US ‘nuclear threat’

Update : 03 Mar 2015, 06:17 PM

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong said yesterday that his country had the power to deter an “ever-increasing nuclear threat” by the United States with a pre-emptive strike if necessary.

His rare speech at the UN-backed Conference on Disarmament drew a rebuke from the US ambassador Robert Wood who urged Pyongyang to stop making threats and rid itself of nuclear weapons.

Ri said joint military exercises being staged by South Korea and the United States were “unprecedentedly provocative in nature and have an especially high possibility of sparking off a war.”

“The DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) cannot but bolster its nuclear deterrent capability to cope with the ever-increasing nuclear threat of the US Now the DPRK has the power of deterring the US and conducting a pre-emptive strike as well, if necessary,” Ri told the Geneva forum.

DPRK fired two short-range missiles off its eastern coast on Monday, South Korean officials said, in a move seen as a defiant response to this year’s US-South Korean military exercises. 

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