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Spokesman for DPRK Foreign Ministry Issues Press Statement

Date: 20/05/2024 | Source: Naenara (En) | Read original version at source

A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea released the following press statement on May 20:

The US Nuclear Security Agency recently announced that the US conducted a subcritical nuclear test, the third of its kind under the present US administration.

This is a dangerous act that renders the extremely worsening global security environment more unstable, having a seriously negative impact on the strategic balance among major nuclear powers.

By doing so, the US has revealed itself that it is its strategic goal to militarily control other countries with the unchallenged nuclear edge and that the present administration’s commitment to alleviating the risks of strategic misjudgment and easing military tension by reducing its dependence on nuclear weapons is nothing but lip service.

It is not qualified to talk about a nuclear war threat from other country as it is the world’s biggest nuclear weapons state and the only nuclear weapon user which has conducted nuclear tests more than any other countries in the world.

Last year, it deployed a strategic nuclear submarine in and around the Korean peninsula for the first time in several decades. It has frequently put into operation the “Nuclear Consultative Group” plotting to use nuclear weapons against the DPRK and is planning to stage actual nuclear operation exercises with the ROK in August.

What should never be overlooked is the US recent subcritical nuclear test’s impact on the military security situation of the Korean peninsula as it has added fuel to the military showdown among nuclear weapons states, fomenting the international nuclear arms race.

To cope with the strategic instability in the region and the rest of the world caused by the US unilateral action, the DPRK cannot but reconsider the measures necessary for the improvement of the overall nuclear deterrence posture within the range of its vested sovereign right and possible options.

The DPRK will not allow strategic imbalance and security vacuum to occur in the Korean peninsula, but firmly defend its security, rights and interests through powerful deterrent action against the evolving nuclear threat from the US.

KCNA

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