U.S. rules out possibility of recognizing DPRK as nuclear-weapon state (2)

08:59, April 22, 2010      

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In the recent "Nuclear Posture Review," the Obama administration failed to rule out the use of nuclear weapons against countries like the DPRK, which withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) regime in January 2003.

In a statement released on April 9, a spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry denounced the "Nuclear Posture Review" as pouring cold water on restoring the six-party talks.

The spokesman said the DPRK developed nuclear weapons for the purpose of "deterring the U.S. attack and defending its sovereignty and right to existence." The country has so far " sincerely implemented its international obligation as a responsible nuclear weapons state."

Pyongyang quit the six-party nuclear disarmament talks, which also involved the United States, China, the Republic of Korea, Japan and Russia, in April 2009 in anger over international criticism of its long-range rocket test.

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