“Going nuclear armed" is North Korea policy

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Ri Yong Ho, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session.UN Photo/Cia Pak

North Korea has confirmed at the United Nations that it will continue with the development of nuclear weapons against the wishes of the UN Security Council.

Earlier this month, the Asian country, also known as DPRK, carried out its fifth and reportedly largest ever atomic test: a move which was described by the UN as "frightening."

Priyanka Shankar has more details.

The international community "strongly condemned" North Korea,s nuclear test on September 9th, which was carried out in violation of a series of UN Security Council resolutions.

But speaking through and interpreter world leaders on Friday at the annual general debate of the UN General Assembly, the Foreign Minister of DPRK, Ri Yong Ho, said his country would carry on its development of a nuclear arsenal.

"The DPRK had no other choice but to go nuclear inevitably after it has done everything possible to defend the national security from the constant nuclear threats from the United States which had continued over the century from the 1950s. Our decision to strengthen nuclear armament is a righteous self-defensive measure to protect ourselves from the constant nuclear threats of the United States."

Coincidentally, on the same day, the Security Council adopted a resolution urging all States who haven't done so to sign the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

And on Wednesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan said the international community had to find a new way to stop the nuclear threat from North Korea.

Priyanka Shankar, United Nations

Duration: 1’16″

 

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