Pyongyang: A day after declaring itself in “state of war” with South Korea, Pyongyang on Sunday dished out another bold statement calling nuclear weapons as the “nation’s life” and “not a political bargaining chip”.
The latest statement came at a plenary meeting of central committee of North Korea’s ruling Worker’s party.
North Korea`s nuclear weapons are a "treasure" not to be traded for "billions of dollars," the statement said. They "are neither a political bargaining chip nor a thing for economic dealings to be presented to the place of dialogue or be put on the table of negotiations aimed at forcing (Pyongyang) to disarm itself," it said.
North Korea`s "nuclear armed forces represent the nation`s life, which can never be abandoned as long as the imperialists and nuclear threats exist on earth," the statement said.
The meeting, which was presided by Kim Jong Un, set a "new strategic line" calling for building both a stronger economy and nuclear arsenal.
The meeting which is generally convened every year, was last seen in 2012, says South Africa.
Pyongyang which is agitated over the joint US-South Korea drills, has been issuing aggressive statements of late with the latest ones being a vow to launch nuclear strikes on the United States and a warning Saturday that the Korean Peninsula was in a "state of war."
The White House says the United States is taking North Korea`s threats seriously, but has also noted Pyongyang`s history of "bellicose rhetoric."
The plenary statement also called for strengthening the moribund economy, which Kim has put an emphasis on in his public statements since taking power after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, in late 2011. The United Nations says two-thirds of the country`s 24 million people face regular food shortages.
With Agency Inputs