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N. Korea threatens to further develop nuclear technology

All News 17:20 April 14, 2016

SEOUL, April 14 (Yonhap) -- North Korea said Thursday it will further develop nuclear weapons technology in response to additional sanctions that may be imposed on the isolated country for its nuclear and missile provocations.

The North's latest threat was made by a spokesman for the Disarmament and Peace Institute of North Korea's Foreign Ministry who responded to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's recent warning that Washington is ready to impose even harsher sanctions than the latest U.N. Security Council resolution on Pyongyang.

In the answer to a question posed by the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the North's spokesman said that during the G7 foreign ministerial meeting held in Hiroshima, Japan, on Monday, the U.S. Secretary of State described the North's bolstering of nuclear deterrence as a "challenge" and "provocation."

Kerry issued the warning at a news conference during a landmark visit to Hiroshima amid concerns that Pyongyang could conduct another nuclear test. He said sentiment was uniform at a meeting of the foreign ministers from the so-called Group of Seven advanced economies.

The North Korean spokesman also harshly denounced the U.S. as outwardly talking about building a "world without nuclear weapons" but, in actuality, it spends a colossal amount of funds on the modernization of its own nuclear arsenal and stages ceaseless nuclear war exercises.

"These are a crafty trick to divert international criticism to the DPRK," the spokesman said. DPRK stands for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"The DPRK's access to nuclear weapons is not a threat but an inevitable option for self-defense to protect the country from the nuclear disaster that may be caused by the U.S.," the spokesman was quoted by the KCNA report.

If the DPRK had not opted to gain access to nuclear weapons and not steadily bolstered them, it would have fallen victim to a nuclear attack, the spokesman argued.

"The more desperately the hostile forces escalate the racket for reckless pressure on the DPRK, the more sharply it will whet the nuclear treasured sword for self-defense to stamp out the root cause of nuclear disaster threatening humankind, holding high the banner of the line on simultaneously pushing forward the two fronts," said the spokesman.

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