North Korean foreign Minister Lee Yong-Ho said that North Korea is stepping up nuclear capabilities in self-defense against nuclear threats from the United States, conducting joint maneuvers with South Korea.
«The policy of our state is acquiring a nuclear capability. Until there is a nuclear threat, the peace can be safeguarded only reliable nuclear deterrence», — quotes «Interfax» the statement of the Minister in General debate on the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations.
Ri Yong Ho emphasized that «North Korea is doing everything to avoid armed conflict and escalation, taking countermeasures self-protection, when carried out provocative aggressive military exercises the US and South Korea».
«Our decision to consolidate the nuclear weapons is a fair measure of self-defense to protect from the constant nuclear threats from the United States,» — said the head of the foreign Ministry of the DPRK.
In his words, «a successful test of a nuclear warhead, conducted recently, is part of practical countermeasures against threats and sanctions hostile US sanctions».
«The DPRK will continue to take measures to strengthen the national nuclear armed forces, the quality, quantity, to ensure the dignity and the right to genuine measures», — concluded the North Korean Minister.