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N. Korea says U.S. pushing Seoul into nuke armament

All Headlines 19:19 September 12, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 12 (Yonhap) -- Pyonyang's state media said Monday that the United States is pushing Seoul to develop its own nuclear arsenal, amid the rising voices among lawmakers here that the country should better protect itself from North Korean weapons of mass destruction.

"Not content with making Japan and South Korea awash with its strategic and tactical nuclear weapons as the case is the same with Europe and the Middle East, the U.S. is prodding its allies into nuclear weaponization," read an English statement issued by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

"South Korean experts are now openly claiming that South Korea placed the tenth in its capability to make nukes, adding that it is capable of making one nuke in three months and that its uranium enriching technology is at the world's level," it added.

Conservative lawmakers from South Korea's ruling Saenuri Party have been claiming that Seoul should consider more effective ways to curb Pyongyang's provocations, especially after the communists' regime conducted its fifth nuclear test earlier this month.

North Korea also test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in waters off its east coast last month.

"It was none other than the U.S. that compelled the DPRK to have access to nuclear weapons by pursuing the worst-ever nuclear war policy towards the DPRK," the media outlet added. The DPRK stands for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the North's official name.

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