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DPRK to resume developing nuclear arsenal if U.S. not to lift sanctions, - MFA

North Korea called ridiculous the intention of the U.S. to hold denuclearization
08:35, 4 November 2018

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North Korea warned that it could renew state policy aimed at strengthening its nuclear arsenal if the United States does not change the position on sanctions against the country, AP reports. 

‘If the U.S. keeps behaving arrogantly without showing any change in its stand, while failing to properly understand our repeated demand, the DPRK may add one thing to the state policy for directing all efforts to the economic construction adopted in April and as a result, the word ‘pyongjin’ may appear again,’ the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of North Korea stated.  

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Besides, Korea accused Washington of failing to fulfill the commitments made in July at a meeting of the U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. 

‘The U.S. thinks that its oft-repeated ‘sanctions and pressure’ leads to ‘denuclearization.’ We cannot help laughing at such a foolish idea,’ North Korean MFA reported.  

Earlier, U.S. leader Donald Trump stated America intended to build up its arsenal of nuclear weapons to pressure Russia and China as Reuters reported. 'Speaking to reporters, Trump repeated his contention that Russia was not abiding by the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which he has threatened to abandon,' the news agency said. 

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The treaty was signed in 1987 by Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and the then U.S. President Ronald Reagan. The treaty bans the parties from producing nuclear ballistic and cruise missiles of a land-base with a range of 500-5,500 m, their testing and deployment. 

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