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Diplomat says N. Korea not interested in denuclearization dialogue

All Headlines 10:35 March 14, 2017

NEW YORK, March 13 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's deputy ambassador to the United Nations said Monday that his country is not interested in dialogue with the United States if it's aimed at denuclearizing North Korea.

"If the purpose is making us give up our nuclear program, (North Korea) is not interested in any kinds of dialogue," Ambassador Kim In-ryong, North Korea's deputy permanent representative to the U.N., said through the North Korean mission's spokesman.

The key to resolving all the issues between the countries lies in the U.S. giving up its hostile policies toward North Korea, Kim also noted.

Ambassador Kim In-ryong (C), North Korea's deputy permanent representative to the U.N., holds a press conference in New York in this file photo taken on Nov. 16, 2016. (Yonhap)

In a press conference earlier in the day, the deputy ambassador also refuted allegations of Pyongyang's involvement in the recent assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half brother.

Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, was killed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb. 13 after two women rubbed VX nerve agent on his face. The Malaysian police concluded that several North Korean men, including a Kuala Lumpur-based diplomat, were behind the killing.

The ambassador accused South Korea and the U.S. of falsely laying the blame on North Korea, saying it is politically driven to taint the image of the country and its socialist system.

The ultimate goal of the U.S. is to spur the international community's hatred toward North Korea, Kim also claimed.

Criticizing the U.N. Security Council's sanctions on Pyongyang, he also said they are legally groundless and in violation of North Korea's sovereign rights.

Referring to North Korea's recent series of ballistic missile tests, he also said they are fired in self-defense against the on-going joint military exercise between Seoul and Washington, which he said is a rehearsal for a pre-emptive nuclear attack on North Korea.

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