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KPA Panmunjom Mission Vows to Buildup Nuclear Deterrent

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

Pyongyang, March 7 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the Panmunjom Mission of the Korean People's Army issued a statement Sunday in connection with the fact that the U.S. and the south Korean authorities finally set about the DPRK-targeted Key Resolve and Foal Eagle joint military maneuvers.

The maneuvers clearly indicate once again that the U.S. and the south Korean authorities are the harassers of peace and warmongers keen to bring a war to this land.

Under the prevailing situation the Panmunjom Mission of the KPA is authorized to state as follows:

The revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK will no longer be bound to the Armistice Agreement and the north-south agreement on non-aggression.

There is no reason whatsoever for the DPRK to remain bounded to the AA and the non-aggression agreement now that the other belligerent party scrapped the AA and the other dialogue partner reneged on the non-aggression agreement.

The revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK will, therefore, legitimately exercise their force for self-defence, unhindered, just as they had determined to do.

The process for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula will naturally come to a standstill and the DPRK bolster its nuclear deterrent for self-defence given that the saber-rattling is proven to be nuclear war exercises and maneuvers for a war of aggression against the DPRK in its nature.

It is an inviolable right of the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK for self-defence to counter with powerful nuclear deterrent the U.S. nuclear offensive means threatening the territorial waters and air and land of the DPRK on account of exercises.

The revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK will be left with no option but to exercise merciless physical force as the rival is set to do harm to the DPRK no matter how dear peace, national reconciliation and cooperation are to it.

It is their stand to settle accounts with the rival by actual use of military force if it does not wish neither to conclude a peace treaty nor have reconciliation and cooperation.

All DPRK-U.S. and the inter-Korean military dialogues will be suspended as long as the DPRK-targeted war exercises go on.

It is illogical to sit face to face with the dialogue partner, who brings dark clouds of a nuclear war while leveling its gun at the other party, and discuss "peace" and "cooperation" with him.

The U.S. and the south Korean authorities should bear in mind that their reckless military acts will bring them nothing but bitter disgrace and destruction.

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