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North Korea links nuclear advances to hostile US policy

Kim Jong-Un North Korea's leader stands underneath a huge missile which was said to have been launched on Sunday Kim Jong-Un North Korea's leader stands underneath a huge missile which was said to have been launched on Sunday
Eleena Tovar | 20 May, 2017, 11:47

In a rare interview on Iranian television Thursday, North Korea's Kang Sam Hyon said the CIA and Seoul's National Intelligence Service targeted the North Korean leader beginning in June 2014, when USA and South Korean agents in Khabarovsk, Russia, recruited a North Korean national with the surname Kim.

The secretary of state also said that Pyongyang shouldn't question the US' intentions "through back channels", as Washington intends to communicate with the country through public channels.

"Whenever something odd happens, it is the stereotype way of the United States and the hostile forces" to kick off a "noisy anti-DPRK campaign" deliberately linking the country to it, said Kim In Ryong, deputy ambassador to the United Nations.

Kim singled out as "more serious" the push by the US for a new sanctions resolution and the Trump administration's demand for all countries "to decide whether they support for DPRK or U.S".

At the United Nations, North Korea's deputy ambassador, Kim In Ryong, was defiant. "Look", he will tell his people, "not even the United Nations can stop me". The North also probably has a way to go before it can miniaturize a nuclear warhead to mount on such a missile.

The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting this week to discuss further measures in response to Pyongyang's launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile days before.

"The most impressive thing that I heard (from Tillerson) was that sanctions and pressure are not by themselves aimed at harassing North Korea, but are designed to create an opportunity for North Korea's development through opening its doors and scrapping its nuclear program", Hong said. "You have to choose, you have to pick a side".

Kim also dismissed allegations that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea - the country's official name - was behind the recent wave of global cyberattacks as "ridiculous". A U.S. State Department spokesman said the United States remains open to talks with North Korea but the country would have to "cease all its illegal activities and aggressive behavior in the region".

"The U.S. should mind that the DPRK nuclear striking capability will be strengthened and developed at a rapidly high speed as long as the U.S. insists its anti-DPRK policy, nasty nuclear threats and blackmails, sanction and pressure", he said.

Associated Press writer Edith M. Lederer reported this story at the United Nations and AP writer Matthew Pennington reported from Washington.

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