North Korea rules out negotiations on nuclear weapons

Elias Hubbard
November 20, 2017

"The conclusion that our army and people have reached via the history of North Korea-US confrontations is there is no way other than standing against the repressive US imperialists only with a nuclear deterrent of justice", said Rodong Sinmun, the mouthpiece of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party that often mirrors the views of the Kim Jong-un regime.

In an interview with Reuters, North Korean Ambassador to the UN Han Tae-song brushed off the new sanctions the Trump administration has said it is preparing as well as the possibility of North Korea being added to a US list of states sponsoring terrorism.

"There has to be commitment from North Korea to fully abandon its nuclear program", he said.

He also criticised the country's sanctions, saying they were aimed at "isolating and stifling it and to intentionally bring about humanitarian disaster instead of preventing weapons development as claimed by the USA".

Anxious that the existing USA missile defense system might fail to deter a possible North Korean missile strike, Washington is looking for other ways to confront Pyongyang, like cyber weapons and armed drones, The New York Times has reported.

US President Donald Trump has previously said negotiating with North Korea would be "a waste of time".

The last North Korean missile test was carried out nearly two months ago, but United States officials say they have seen no signs that Pyongyang has stopped development. On the issue of trilateral military cooperation with South Korea and Japan, Schriver said the North Korean threat "compels [the three sides] to work together", adding that he hoped to contribute to that if confirmed.

"As long as there is continuous hostile policy against my country by the United States and as long as there are continued war games at our doorstep, then there will not be negotiations", he said. Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Affairs nominee Randall Schriver acknowledged in his confirmation hearing the same day at the Senate Armed Services Committee that [the US] could theoretically initiate a war with North Korea without South Korea or Japan's consent.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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