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N. Korea says ‘nation’s life’ nuke weapons wont be traded even for ‘billions of dollars’

Washington, Apr 1 (ANI): A top North Korean decision-making body issued has said that nuclear weapons are ‘the nation’s life’ and will not be traded even for ‘billions of dollars.’

North Korea’s nuclear weapons 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,” the statement 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,” it added.

According to CBS news, the statement came after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presided over the plenary meeting of the central committee of the ruling Workers’ Party.

The meeting, which set a “new strategic line” calling for building both a stronger economy and nuclear arsenal, comes amid a series of near-daily threats from Pyongyang in recent weeks, including a vow to launch nuclear strikes on the US and a warning that the Korean Peninsula was in a “state of war.”

North Korea has called the U.S. nuclear arsenal a threat to its existence since the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended in a truce, not a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula still technically at war.

Pyongyang justifies its own nuclear pursuit in large part on that perceived U.S. threat. (ANI)