North Korea lawmaker: Need nukes because of U.S. threat

Lazo Kim | Daily Texan Staff

"Heightened rhetoric from the administration - statements from President Trump that the North Korean leader will not be around much longer - are harmful to our diplomatic efforts, especially with China", Reed told reporters at a Monday news conference, later urging the president to stop issuing threats against the rogue nation.

Tensions over North Korea's weapons programme have soared in recent months, with Pyongyang launching a flurry of missiles and conducting its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

Mr Kim warned that tensions on the peninsula have "reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment".

"As long as one does not take part in the U.S. military actions against the DPRK (North Korea), we have no intention to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against any other country", according to Kim's prepared remarks for the discussion on nuclear weapons.

Kim issued a strong warning stating that the entire USA mainland is in their firing territory, and in case of any wrong deed by Trump, the United States will not be able to escape from severe punishment.

"As long as one does not take part in the USA military actions against the DPRK we have no intention to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against any other country", read Kim's prepared remarks. In March and April this year, the diplomat reminded, more than 300,000 servicemen took part in the maneuvers, which worked out a preemptive strike on North Korea.

The situation on the Korean peninsula remains extremely tense. Even within Trump's administration, there are conflicts over how to deal with North Korea. In turn, the United States and its allies are constantly carrying out large-scale naval exercises in the region. Sugiyama, briefing reporters separately, reiterated Japan's support for President Donald Trump's policy of keeping all options open, but stressed the need for a diplomatic solution by bolstering cooperation among Japan, U.S. and South Korea, as well as via cooperation with China and Russian Federation.

"We want the United States to end its hostile policy as for North Korea", said An Tong Chun, who is leading the North Korean delegation.

"They stressed once again that they consider possession of nuclear weapons as the only effective way to protect their country and their people and the only guarantee of their sovereignty".

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