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Iran Press TV

North Korea: 'Only option left to counter nuclear with nuclear'

Iran Press TV

Saturday, 27 June 2020 6:00 AM

North Korea says Washington has left Pyongyang with no choice but to "counter nuclear with nuclear" in a bid to confront hostile US policies against the Asian country.

"In order to eliminate the nuclear threats from the US, the DPRK government made all possible efforts either through dialogue or in resort to the international law, but all ended in vain," North Korean state news wrote in an essay, using an abbreviation for the country's official name.

"The option left was only one, and that was to counter nuclear with nuclear," it added.

The 5,000-word article documented the history of North Korea's grievances with the US, South Korea and its allies and came a day after all of these countries marked the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War.

It also came just days after the North said it was suspending "military action plans" against the South after it had blown up a liaison office used for talks between the two countries in a North Korean border city.

The two Koreas were on a path of rapprochement beginning in January 2018 before US intransigence to relieve any of the sanctions on the North effectively killed diplomacy.

North Korea has been under harsh US sanctions for years over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

US President Donald Trump has attempted to court Pyongyang, and although he has met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un three times, he has refused to relieve any of the sanctions on the North. That has in turn hampered efforts to demilitarize the Korean Peninsula.

Kim outlined last month a plan to further boost his country's nuclear deterrence capabilities.

The Washington-Pyongyang nuclear talks have made little progress since late last year, particularly after the global fight to curb the pandemic, which has so far infected nearly 10 million people and killed over 496,000 others around the world.

North Korea's hardening of stance comes amid reports that the US is preparing to conduct its first full-fledged nuclear test since 1992.

Last December, Kim ended a moratorium on the country's missile tests and said North Korea would soon develop a "new strategic weapon."

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