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Minister of the PAF Issues Statement on Nukes

Photo: NK Leadership Watch graphic

Photo: NK Leadership Watch graphic

The Minister of the People’s Armed Forces (North Korea’s defense minister equivalent), General Pak Yong Sik issued a statement on June 9 (Thursday) on the DPRK’s nuclear weapons program.  On the pretext of the recently concluded IISS Shangri-La Dialogue held in Singapore during June 3 through June 5, General Pak said:

If the objective of the conference had been to ensure security in Asia, it should have discussed and solved necessary practical measures.

But the defense chiefs of the US, Japan and south Korea held a confab irrelevant to the conference at which they cried out for “thoroughly enforcing the sanctions against the north” and boosting “cooperation,” claiming that the DPRK’s fourth nuclear test and missile launch are a “violation” of the UNSC’s “resolution” and international law.

In the end, they blustered that they would not hastily opt for dialogue before the DPRK clarifies its “will to dismantle its nukes” and discussed the issue of boosting military cooperation in the efforts to cope with the “threat from the north” including the increased “sharing of military information about the north” by kicking off a missile warning drill in July.

It is the height of shamelessness for them to mislead public opinion by terming the DPRK’s dignified nuclear force for self-defense and Strategic Force a “threat” even at the international security conference.

The US is the only nuclear criminal state in the world and the largest nuclear weapons state in the world.

Japan is a militarist state which is vociferating about a military giant and nuclear weaponization after throwing away even the showy “Pacifist Constitution” and “three non-nuclear principles”.

The south Korean puppet forces are crying out for even “nuclear weaponization to counter the north’s nukes”, not content with getting frantic with confrontation while conducting Hyonmu missile launching test with the firing range of 800 km they claimed capable of putting all areas of the DPRK in the striking range at the prodding of their masters US and Japan.

Openly revealed at the tripartite confab was the scenario to further intensify new hostile acts against the DPRK while taking issue with its nukes and missile “threat”.

It is preposterous for those wholly responsible for ensuring peace and security on the Korean peninsula to justify their attempt at aggression, blaming others.

Availing ourselves of this opportunity, we reiterate our stand that nuclear deterrent for self-defense is an all-powerful treasure sword tightly held by the DPRK to cope with the hostile forces’ moves for invading it.

Our warning is by no means an empty talk.

Any force hostile to the DPRK is bound to go to ruin.

This is proved by history.

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