North Korea says US has to roll back 'hostile policy' before talks

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 20, 2017

But the envoy stressed that "what is important is not words, but actions".

But US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis refused to rule out a military solution.

Asked about Beijing and Moscow's support for the six previous rounds of United Nations sanctions, Kim said both countries are "close neighbors" who "understand our nuclear projection occurred through the US continued nuclear threat and its hostile policy" toward North Korea.

Kim said the launch showed the "highly developed stage of science and technology in the field of national defense attained by the DPRK" which he said is "of great and special significance" in ensuring peace on the Korean Peninsula and in the region.

North Korea tested a longer-range missile last weekend, which experts say was a significant advance for a weapons program that aims at having a nuclear-tipped missile that can strike America.

North Korea launched its latest missile test on Saturday in defiance of global sanctions as the UN Security Council demanded Pyongyang halt all ballistic missile tests.

"Russia doesn't want North Korea to have nuclear weapons, but the response from officials in Moscow has been minimal because they know Russian Federation isn't one of Pyongyang's targets", he added.

"So our effort is to work with the United Nations, work with China, work with Japan, work with South Korea to try to find a way out of this situation".

North Korea continues to engage in low levels of activity at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, from where Pyongyang sent an earth-observation satellite into orbit in February 2016.

The UN Security Council first imposed sanctions on North Korea in 2006 and has strengthened the measures in response to the country's five nuclear tests and two long-range rocket launches.

Still others think Kim might target Seattle and San Francisco, the two largest West Coast population centers that would be the easiest to reach from North Korea.

"These are Russian citizens, who are returning from North Korea, and tourists from China", said Mikhail Khmel, deputy director general of Investstroytrest, quoted by TASS.

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