North Korea criticises US` `hostile policy`

Last Updated: Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 16:12

Washington: A day after the United States promised new missile defense interceptors to guard against a North Korean attack, Pyongyang has criticised the Americans` "hostile policy" saying it won`t negotiate with them over its nuclear program.

On Friday, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had said that 14 more missile interceptors-bringing the total to 44 -- will be in place on the West Coast by 2017 to guard against a possible North Korean attack.

On Friday, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had said that 14 more missile interceptors-bringing the total to 44 -- will be in place on the West Coast by 2017 to guard against a possible North Korean attack.

A foreign ministry spokesman said North Korea`s nuclear weapons serve as an all-powerful treasured sword for protecting the sovereignty and security of the country, and therefore, they cannot be disputed, as long as the U.S. nuclear threat and hostile policy persist, reports the CNN.

The stern statement marked the latest in the war of words, and more, pitting North Korea against the US.

Tensions have escalated since December, when North Korea successfully launched a long-range rocket for the first time under what the US and other Western nations say was the guise of putting a satellite into orbit.

They rose to yet another level when North Korea launched a nuclear test last month, prompting the U.N. Security Council to agree on stepped-up sanctions intent on pressuring Pyongyang.

In Saturday`s statement, the North Korean foreign ministry spokesman challenged claims that North Korea was pursuing its nuclear program as a "bargaining chip" to gain economic benefits through negotiations, such as food and other humanitarian aid.

(ANI)



First Published: Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 16:01

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