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N. Korea threatens to build up nuclear attack capability against U.S.

All Headlines 20:50 May 12, 2016

SEOUL, May 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Thursday threatened to "remarkably" build up its nuclear attack capability should the United States tries to squeeze Pyongyang more into abandoning its nuclear programs.

"The U.S. keeps making absurd accusations against the DPRK's just measures for self-defense," the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a commentary.

DPRK stands for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the official name of North Korea.

"The hostile forces' desperate moves against the DPRK would only cause it to remarkably bolster up its nuclear attack capability," it said.

The North apparently responded to the recent U.S. reaction to its leader's address during the first Workers' Party Congress in 36 years on Sunday.

The United States has urged North Korea to honor commitments and obligations to give up its nuclear program after the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he will continue to pursue his trademark policy of simultaneously seeking nuclear and economic development.

Kim also said that Pyongyang will not use nuclear weapons against other nations unless its sovereignty is threatened.

"No matter how noisily the U.S. may trumpet about 'North Korea's threat and provocation,' the U.S. can never deny the justice of the DPRK's measure of bolstering up the nuclear force," the KCNA said. "It is a just measure to protect the sovereign right of the country and nation from the U.S. moves to stifle it."

North Korea has conducted four nuclear tests so far: in 2006, 2009, 2013 and January this year. The country has also conducted a series of long-range missile and rocket launches since 1998. In its most recent launches in late 2012 and February this year, the North succeeded in putting a satellite into orbit.

The six-party talks aimed at resolving the North Korean standoff have been stalled since late 2008. North Korea demands the unconditional resumption of negotiations, while the U.S. says that Pyongyang must first take concrete steps demonstrating its denuclearization commitments.
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