NORTH Korea vowed to “fight fire with fire” if the USA were to attack the rogue state as a senior diplomat insisted having nuclear weapons was a matter of “life or death”.
Pyongyang has no intentions to hold any talks with Washington about its nuclear program, according to Choe Son-hui, director-general of the North American department of North Korea’s foreign ministry.
She said that possessing nuclear weapons was a matter of life and death for North Korea.
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And she added that Pyongyang would be ready to pacify the US and fight “fire with fire” if North Korea was backed into a corner.
Choe said: “This is a matter of life and death for us. The current situation deepens our understanding that we need nuclear weapons to repel a potential attack.
“We will respond to fire with fire.”
She claimed North Korea was “living with a constant nuclear threat from the US”, and that “last week unprecedented nuclear drills were held, involving US aircraft carriers and US strategic bombers”.
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And the United States would just “have to put up” with North Korea’s nuclear status, she told a non-proliferation conference in Moscow today.
She added that North Korea has “nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles,” but won’t deploy them in the absence of a threat.
Choe said: “Our weapons are designed for the protection of our homeland from the constant nuclear threat from the US.”
At the same conference on Friday, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov urged world powers to get behind a joint Russian-Chinese roadmap for settling the crisis over North Korea’s weapons programme.
Lavrov said that the break-up of a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme would send an alarming message about international security mechanisms and could impact the situation on the Korean peninsula.