NKorea vows to strengthen nukes as US increases pressure
NKorea vows to strengthen nukes as US increases pressure
GETTY- STOCK IMAGETensions on the Korean Peninsula have been rising
22 May, 2017, 03:11
South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in, held a National Security Council meeting to discuss Sunday's launch, which came hours after he named his new foreign minister nominee and top advisers for security and foreign policy.
"Relating to cyber attack, this linkage to DPRK is ridiculous", he said, adding that such allegations are part of the United States' hostile policies as the USA side is in the habit of mounting a loud anti-North Korean campaign each time something out of the ordinary happens.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said at a press conference on Friday that the US was engaged in diplomatic efforts to counter Pyongyang.
North Korea denies allegations about its involvement in the recent global cyber attack as ridiculous, North Korea's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Kim In Ryong said on Friday.
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The launch came a week after North Korea successfully tested a new midrange missile that it said could carry a heavy nuclear warhead.
The rocket was sacked from an area near the North Korean county of Pukchang, in South Phyongan Province, and flew eastward about 500 kilometres (310 miles), said South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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A turn towards diplomacy would be a drastic change for the United States, which has engaged in saber rattling with North Korea over the last few months.
North Korea conducted two nuclear tests past year alone, possibly improving its ability to make nuclear weapons small enough to fit on long-range missiles.
The ambassador praised the latest successful North Korean missile launch, stating that the country would not give in to USA pressure.
"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 Pyongyang's development through opening its doors and scrapping its nuclear programme", CNN quoted Hong as saying.
But Kim responded to such proposals of dialogue with skepticism, arguing that "what is important is not words, but actions", and asserting instead that the USA must take the first step. "You have to choose, you have to pick a side".
U.S. Pacific Command said it tracked the missile until it landed into the sea.
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