North Korea Says ‘Under No Circumstances’ Will It Negotiate Over Nuclear Weapons — Has no intention of using nuclear weapons against any country “except the U.S.”

Pyongyang threatened it will use its nuclear weapons against U.S. if provoked militarily

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Updated Aug. 7, 2017 8:07 a.m. ET

MANILA—North Korea on Monday threatened to use nuclear weapons against the U.S. if provoked militarily and said it would “under no circumstances” negotiate on its nuclear and missile weapons programs.

In a written statement handed to reporters on the sidelines of a regional security forum in Manila, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said the regime had developed nuclear weapons as a legitimate option for self-defense “in the face of a clear and real nuclear threat posed by the U.S.”  He said the U.S. had sought United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang in an effort to disguise a conflict with the regime as an international issue.

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The Associated Press
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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Latest on the diplomatic crisis over North Korea (all times local):

8:00 p.m.

North Korean’s top diplomat says “under no circumstances” will it put its nuclear weapons or ballistic missiles on the negotiating table.

Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho also says that his country has no intention of using nuclear weapons against any country “except the U.S.” He says the only way that would change is if another country joined in an American action against North Korea.

Ri had been scheduled to hold a news conference in Manila, Philippines, where Asian diplomats are gathered for a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Instead, Ri’s spokesman handed reporters a copy of a speech that Ri had given at the meeting.

Ri says in the speech that responsibility for the Korean Peninsula crisis lies solely with Washington. He says the North is “ready to teach the U.S. a severe lesson with its nuclear strategic force.”

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3:20 p.m.

Armed with extraordinary new U.N. sanctions, nations are racing to ensure that North Korea’s biggest trading partners actually carry them out, an elusive task that has undercut past attempts to strong-arm Pyongyang into abandoning its nuclear weapons.

President Donald Trump is demanding full and speedy implementation of the new penalties. But his top diplomat is also laying out a narrow path for the North to return to negotiations.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says if the North stops testing missiles for an “extended period,” the U.S. might deem North Korea ready to talk. But he says it won’t be a matter of a mere 30-day pause leading to the U.S. being willing to talk.

Tillerson says, “We’ll know it when we see it.”

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N. Korea Vows ‘Thousands-Fold’ Revenge on U.S. Over Sanctions

KCNA

North Korea has threatened “righteous” revenge against the U.S., following new United Nations sanctions in response to Pyongyang’s recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests. In a statement circulated by state-run media, North Korea said the economic sanctions passed over the weekend constitute a “violent violation of our sovereignty” and a “heinous plot to isolate and stifle” the reclusive regime.

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The new sanctions could considerably slash the country’s $3 billion in export revenue. Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, called the measures “the single largest economic sanctions package ever leveled” against Pyongyang.

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2 Responses to “North Korea Says ‘Under No Circumstances’ Will It Negotiate Over Nuclear Weapons — Has no intention of using nuclear weapons against any country “except the U.S.””

  1. Brittius Says:

    Reblogged this on Brittius and commented:
    That’s all we need to hear. Have the USAF zero in all nuclear missiles onto North Korea, and “warm ’em up”.

  2. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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