Pyongyang, March 3 (KCNA) -- It is a legitimate right of a sovereign state to take measures to increase its national defense capability for coping with threat from outside.
The permanent representative of the DPRK to the UN Office and international organizations in Geneva stressed this at the plenary meeting of the Geneva Disarmament Conference on February 27.
He further said:
The DPRK was compelled to possess nuclear deterrent in order to protect its sovereignty and the security of its nation from the harsh hostile policy and nuclear threat of the U.S. that have persisted for years.
However, the hostile forces led by the U.S. labeled the exercise of this legitimate right as a "threat to global peace" and misused the voting mechanism of UN Security Council to cook up several "sanctions resolutions" in an attempt to deprive the DPRK of its self-defensive right.
A dramatic change is taking place in the situation on the Korean peninsula thanks to the proactive initiative and sincere efforts of the DPRK. However, the U.S. quite contrary to this is amassing huge strategic assets in and around the Korean peninsula, deliberately straining the situation. It is mulling staging joint military exercises aimed at a preemptive nuclear attack on the DPRK the moment the Winter Olympics are over.
In order to defend itself from such threat, the DPRK had access to nuclear weapons, treasured sword of justice.
As we have stated on numerous occasions, we will consider any type of blockade as an act of war against us, and if the U.S. has indeed the guts to confront us in any "rough" manner, we will not bother to respond to it.
Those countries who talk this or that way of the DPRK should not follow the U.S. hostile policy aimed at intentionally deteriorating the situation on the Korean peninsula but refrain from using this august platform for disarmament as a tool for their political propaganda. -0-