Choe Son-hui, director-general of the North American department of North Korea’s foreign ministry, said possession of nuclear weapons was ‘a matter of life and death’ for the regime as they are needed to respond to a potential attack. But the secretive state does not plan on having any talks with the US, the spokesman added. Furthermore, the Choe told a non-proliferation conference in Moscow his country sees any attempt to ‘strangle’ North Korea via UN sanctions was an attempt to declare war.

“This is a matter of life and death for us,” RIA news agency reported him as saying. “The current
situation deepens our understanding that we need nuclear weapons to repel a potential attack.” “We will respond to fire with fire.” Meanwhile, Moscow and Washington are continuing a dialogue on North Korea and the future of the international deal on Iran’s nuclear program, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said today. READ MORE