Pyongyang: Amid fear of war and drills and threats from US allies, North Korea on Saturday snubbed Trump’s motive and said if they don’t stop blackmail and war drills, North Korea will never give up nuclear weapons and tests.
North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date in September and launched three intercontinental ballistic missiles into the sea in July and November, indicating that it is closer than ever to gaining a nuclear arsenal that could viably target the mainland United States.
The aggressive tests have led to more international sanctions and pressure on North Korea amid concerns that the window for stopping or rolling back its nuclear program is closing rapidly. The U.S. and South Korea have maintained that they won’t negotiate with the North unless it is willing to discuss curbing its nuclear weapons and missile program.
In its report Saturday, KCNA said North Korea had taken steps for “bolstering the capabilities for self-defense and pre-emptive attacks with nuclear force” in the face of a continued “nuclear threat and blackmail and war drills” by the United States and its “vassal forces.”
The North often lashes out at the annual military drills between the United States and South Korea, which the allies describe as defensive in nature. KCNA accused President Donald Trump of employing unprecedented hostile policies against North Korea and threatening it with talks of pre-emptive strikes.
It described North Korea as an “undeniable new strategic state and nuclear power.” “Do not expect any change in its policy. Its entity as an invincible power can neither be undermined nor be stamped out,” KCNA said.