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USA: North Korea says US nuclear disarmament key to peace01:04

USA: North Korea says US nuclear disarmament key to peace

United States, New York
September 26, 2013 at 21:22 GMT +00:00 · Published

USA: North Korea says US nuclear disarmament key to peace

The key to peace between North and South Korea lies in the United States destroying the nuclear arms in has in the region, North Korea's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Pak Ji Jil-Yoon told a United Nations committee meeting discussing nuclear disarmament, Thursday, in New York.

He said: "We insist nuclear weapons in this world should be eliminated. The nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula was created due to the deployment of nuclear weapons into South Korea by the United States. And a nuclear war threat against our country in line with their hostile policy towards the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The de-nuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula is the consistent policy of our government. The ultimate goal of de-nuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula is to completely remove the United States' nuclear threats against our country and to turn the entire Korean Peninsula, including South Korea, into the dawn free from nuclear weapons."

The North Korean government has stated on numerous occasions it feels threatened by the presence of roughly 28,500 US soldiers in neighbouring South Korea and an unknown number of conventional and nuclear weapons. North Korea conducted its first nuclear test in 2006, followed by further tests in 2009 and early 2013.

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USA: North Korea says US nuclear disarmament key to peace

The key to peace between North and South Korea lies in the United States destroying the nuclear arms in has in the region, North Korea's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Pak Ji Jil-Yoon told a United Nations committee meeting discussing nuclear disarmament, Thursday, in New York.

He said: "We insist nuclear weapons in this world should be eliminated. The nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula was created due to the deployment of nuclear weapons into South Korea by the United States. And a nuclear war threat against our country in line with their hostile policy towards the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The de-nuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula is the consistent policy of our government. The ultimate goal of de-nuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula is to completely remove the United States' nuclear threats against our country and to turn the entire Korean Peninsula, including South Korea, into the dawn free from nuclear weapons."

The North Korean government has stated on numerous occasions it feels threatened by the presence of roughly 28,500 US soldiers in neighbouring South Korea and an unknown number of conventional and nuclear weapons. North Korea conducted its first nuclear test in 2006, followed by further tests in 2009 and early 2013.