N. Korea nukes threat

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

NORTH Korea has warned it could re­vive a state pol­icy aimed at strength­en­ing its nu­clear ar­se­nal if the US does not lift its eco­nomic sanc­tions.

The state­ment re­leased by the For­eign Min­istry came amid a sense of un­ease be­tween Wash­ing­ton and Seoul over the use of sanc­tions and pres­sure to get the North to re­lin­quish its nu­clear pro­gram.

The min­istry said North Korea could bring back its “py- ongjin” pol­icy of si­mul­ta­ne­ously ad­vanc­ing its nu­clear force and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment if the US doesn’t change its stance.

The North came short of threat­en­ing to aban­don the nu­clear ne­go­ti­a­tions with the US, but it ac­cused Wash­ing­ton of de­rail­ing com­mit­ments made by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump at their June sum­mit in Sin­ga­pore.

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