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North Korea links nuclear advances to hostile US policy

North Korea links nuclear advances to hostile US policy

But US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis refused to rule out a military solution. Kim In Ryong told a news conference that if the Trump administration wants peace on the Korean Peninsula, it should replace the Armistice Agreement that ended the 1950-53 Korean War with a peace accord and halt its anti-North Korea policy, "the root cause of all problems".

The agreement came after North Korea conducted its latest ballistic missile test Sunday, claiming the USA was within its sights and it had the capability to fire a large nuclear warhead. The test triggered a new USA -backed push for a fresh round of United Nations sanctions against the North.

Speaking from the Pentagon, Mr Mattis said Washington is working internationally to find a diplomatic solution. He said North Korea would never abandon its "nuclear deterrence for self-defense and pre-emptive strike capability" even if the USA ratchets up sanctions and pressure "to the utmost".

Tillerson said North Koreans should trust the United States pledge of no hostility. He said the missile went very high and came down, but he would not characterize it as demonstrating the controlled re-entry of a missile.

Backing off from its aggressive military stance, the United States has given an indication of diplomatically handling the North Korea regime.




The UN Security Council first imposed sanctions on North Korea in 2006 and has strengthened the measures in response to the country's five nuclear tests and two long-range rocket launches.

He added, "North Korea see that they are in isolation and they should ensure their security themselves, and that no one will assist them and see threats for themselves". "You have to pick a side".

Meanwhile, Kim rejected "ridiculous" allegations the WannaCry cyberattack that affected hundreds of thousands of computers around the world originated from North Korea.

Meanwhile, the South Korean Navy revealed a USA nuclear-powered aircraft carrier group was to remain in the vicinity indefinitely, while Seoul's defense ministry warned it was ready to carry out a preemptive strike if it detected a missile threat from North Korea.

If the United States "persists in anti-DPRK sanctions without understanding its rival, the (Trump) administration will have to take full responsibility for the ensuing catastrophic consequences", he warned.


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