Pyongyang, January 15 (KCNA) -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Friday in which he said that its first successful H-bomb test was a just measure for self-defense to defend the sovereignty of the country and the right of the nation to live and ensure peace on the Korean Peninsula and regional security.
The DPRK is not interested in aggravating the situation as it is
channeling all its efforts into the building of an economic power and
feels no need to provoke anyone, the statement said, and went on:
As the first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK
clarified in his New Year Address, its primary task for this year is to
develop economy and improve the people's standard of living and to this
end it requires stable situation and peaceful climate more than any
As the U.S. hostile acts against the DPRK have become "routine," the
latter has also become routine in its work to implement the line of
simultaneously developing the two fronts for self-defence to cope with
Now the U.S. should be accustomed to the status of the DPRK as a nuclear weapons state whether it likes or not.
As the DPRK had already clarified, it will bolster in every way the
capabilities for nuclear attack and retaliation to cope with the U.S.
ceaseless acts of infringing upon former's sovereignty and perpetrating
threatening provocations, but it will not deliberately use nuclear
Still valid are all proposals for preserving peace and stability in
the peninsula and Northeast Asia including the ones for ceasing our
nuclear test and concluding a peace treaty in return for U.S. halt to
joint military exercises.
It is preposterous for the U.S. to talk about "provocations" from
the DPRK though it is persistently sidestepping the latter's fair and
aboveboard proposals and escalating the tension.
It is the U.S. and the south Korean puppet forces that are making
provocations against the DPRK, rendering the situation in the peninsula
The south Korean puppet forces' resumption of psychological warfare
broadcasting is a sheer provocation nothing relevant to the normal
process pursuant to the DPRK's line of simultaneously developing the two
The U.S. is working hard to bring the dark clouds of a nuclear war
by introducing the strategic nuclear strike means into south Korea. In
the UN, too, it is making great haste to fabricate a "resolution on
sanctions" aimed at such hostile acts as hamstringing our efforts for
peaceful economic construction and the improvement of the people's
standard of living.
Such provocative and hostile acts against the DPRK will not be
confined to escalating the tension in the peninsula but inevitably lead
to a war.
Once a powder keg catches fire and goes off, the responsibility for it will rest with those who ignited the fuse. -0-