DPRK claims right to strengthen nuclear power

15:59, May 24, 2010      

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The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Monday that it had the right of strengthening its nuclear power to defend its "supreme" state interests.

The DPRK was “not bound to any duty not to have access to nukes”because it had quit the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the official KCNA news agency quoted a foreign ministry spokesman as saying in a statement.

The spokesman said the DPRK “manufactured nuclear weapons legitimately”in order to protect the sovereignty of the country and the security of the nation from "the increasing" U.S. nuclear threat.

"It was the U.S. that compelled the DPRK to pull out of the NPT and have access to nukes,”he said.

The spokesman said the NPT should be replaced by a worldwide treaty for eliminating nuclear weapons.

In order to build a world without nuclear weapons, it is necessary to step up nuclear disarmament, he said.

The DPRK quit the NPT in January, 2003.

Source: Xinhua

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