North Korea to continue developing its nuclear weapons programme

Pyongyang: North Korea on Tuesday announced it would continue developing its nuclear weapons programme which, it claimed, did not pose a threat to peace.

"The weapons are not aimed at posing a threat to peace. We will not use nuclear weapons if aggressors do not attack us with nukes," said Tuesday's edition of Rodong Simnum, the official daily of the North Korean Workers' Party.

File image of Kim Jong-un. AP

File image of Kim Jong-un. AP

Pyongyang also plans to "actively pursue a diplomatic policy that is commensurate with its enhanced global status", which it has gained due to its nuclear weapons programme, the daily said.

This strategy is part of the "byeongjin" policy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which prioritises economic development and nuclear weapons of mass destruction at the same time, and which Kim endorsed in the historic 7th Congress of the Workers Party, held in Pyongyang in May.

The statement comes a day after the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, said it suspects North Korea was once again expanding its nuclear programme, possibly for military purposes.

North Korea conducted nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013, and earlier in January this year it claimed to have successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb during its fourth nuclear test, although experts doubt the claim.


Updated Date: Jun 07, 2016 17:53 PM

Also Watch

Watch: Firstpost test rides the new Thunderbird 500X in Goa and walks you through the Royal Enfield Garage Cafe
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Varun Dhawan on Shoojit Sircar's October, 5-star reviews and working with Anushka Sharma in Sui Dhaaga
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018 Ambedkar Jayanti: Re-visiting Babasaheb's ideals exposes fake Dalit politics of Rahul Gandhi and Congress
  • Monday, April 9, 2018 48 hours with Huawei P20 Pro: Triple camera offering is set to redefine smartphone imaging
  • Monday, April 16, 2018 Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore interview: Sports can't be anyone's fiefdom, we need an ecosystem to nurture raw talent

Also See