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Pyongyang slams Park's anti-nuke remarks at Asia-Europe summit

All News 18:55 July 21, 2016

SEOUL, July 21 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Thursday slammed South Korean President Park Geun-hye for her remarks made against its nuclear and missile ambitions during the recent Asia-Europe summit in Mongolia.

At the 11th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) held in Ulaanbaatar from Friday to Saturday, Park pointed out North Korea's evolving military provocations, including nuclear tests and missile launches, and stressed they threatened global peace.

The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) said Park's remarks calling for the North's denuclearization and for positive change were all underhanded attempts to destroy the North.

It added the president fueled tensions by agreeing to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on South Korean soil.

On Tuesday, North Korea test-fired three ballistic missiles -- two Scuds and one Rodong -- in an apparent protest against the decision by Seoul and Washington to set up a THAAD battery in South Korea by the end of 2017.

"The reckless move to deploy THAAD at a time when distrust and confrontation between the north and the south reached an extreme phase would escalate the military tensions on the Korean peninsula to the worst phase and drive the situation to the brink of war," North Korea said in an English dispatch carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The KCNA also criticized Park for "playing the role of lackey" by following the U.S. strategy for hegemony and that her actions sacrificed the interests of the Korean nation as a whole.

kyongae.choi@yna.co.kr
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