DPRK asks US to repent for bringing nuclear war danger to Korean Peninsula

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/11/17 22:12:20

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Friday said the United States should repent its action in putting the Korean Peninsula in danger of a nuclear war, instead of urging the DPRK to return to talks on its nuclear and missile weapons.

An article in the official Rodong Sinmun daily said although the United States claimed to seek a solution to the DPRK's nuclear issue through talks, its real purpose was to bring about the fall of the DPRK by the use of arms.

During his visit to South Korea last week, US President Donald Trump urged the DPRK to return to the dialogue table and negotiate denuclearization through diplomacy.

"The United States should repent of its crimes of bringing about the danger of a nuclear war to the peninsula before talking about the 'negotiated denuclearization without preconditions,'" it said.

"As the prevailing situation shows, the United States seeks to bring down the DPRK by force of arms and take hold of world supremacy, not for negotiated settlement of the issue."

It said the United States should "abandon a daydream that the DPRK would bow to its brigandish demand."

"It is foolish for the United States to think of negotiation aimed at unilateral dismantlement of nukes, far from the repeal of its hostile policy toward the DPRK," it added.

Pyongyang says its right to develop nuclear and missile capability is a non-negotiable right for self-defense against US threats.

The United States, on the other hand, has been urging nations to enforce the United Nations Security Council sanctions against Pyongyang and to increase diplomatic, economic and political pressure on the DPRK to put a halt to its missile programs.

US officials say while diplomacy is the preferred means, it is backed by military means.

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