North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador warned on Monday that the situation on the Korean peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.” However, He cited self defense as one of the main causes of conflict and expressed distrust towards the US and other Nuclear states regarding Nuclear disarmament. North Korea’s ambassador to the UN claimed that his country had hoped for a nuclear-free future.
North Korean Ambassador, Kim In Ryong told the UN General Assembly’s disarmament committee that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” from the United States since the 1970s — and said the country has the right to possess nuclear weapons for the purposes of self-defense.
North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador called his country’s nuclear arsenal “a precious strategic asset that cannot be reversed or bartered for anything.”
This year, Kim said, “DRPK completed its state nuclear force and thus became the full-fledged nuclear power which possesses the delivery means of various ranges, including the atomic bomb, H-bomb and intercontinental ballistic rockets.”
“The entire US mainland is within our firing range and if the U.S. dares to invade our sacred territory even an inch it will not escape our severe punishment in any part of the globe,” Kim warned.
“Unless the hostile policy and the nuclear threat of the US is thoroughly eradicated, we will never put our nuclear weapons and ballistic rockets on the negotiating table under any circumstances,” Kim said. Kim further told the disarmament committee that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea(North Korea’s official name) had hoped for a nuclear-free world.
“The DPRK consistently supports the total elimination of nuclear weapons and the efforts for denuclearization of the entire world,” he said. But as long as the United States rejects the treaty and “constantly threatens and blackmails the DPRK with nuclear weapons … the DPRK is not in position to accede to the treaty.”
He said, “All nuclear states are accelerating the modernization of their weapons and reviving a nuclear arms race reminiscent of (the) Cold War era.” He recalled in the past, nuclear weapon states, including the United States, boycotted negotiations for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that was approved in July by 122 countries at the United Nations.