North Korea says needs "powerful nuclear deterrence" to counter US hostility

Reuters| Last Updated: Apr 26, 2016, 20:38 PM IST

North Korea needs a "powerful nuclear deterrence" to counter US hostility and threats, the foreign ministry was quoted by the state news agency KCNA as saying on Tuesday.

"The US continued pursuance of extreme hostile policy and nuclear threat and blackmail against the DPRK will only make the latter make drastic progress in bolstering nuclear attack capabilities," KCNA quoted a ministry spokesman as saying.

It said the ministry was responding to what it described as Washington`s ramping up of pressure against North Korea following its test on Saturday of submarine-launched ballistic missile.