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North Korean official says Pyongyang will never stop testing missilesA senior level North Korean official told CNN during a rare interview that his country will continue to test nuclear missiles “as long as America continues its hostile acts of aggression.” Meanwhile, the Trump administration issued a statement: “The United States seeks stability and the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”
After the White House held a special briefing for the U.S. senators regarding North Korea, a senior level North Korean official addressed the U.S. threats against his country and stated that Pyongyang will never stop its nuclear tests.
“As long as America continues its hostile acts of aggression, we will never stop nuclear and missile tests,” Sok Chol Won, the director of North Korea’s Institute of Human Rights at the Academy of Social Sciences, told CNN. Sok refused to say when his country is planning to carry out its sixth nuclear missile test. However, he said that the decision to carry out the test will not be influenced by external developments. “The nuclear test is an important part of our continued efforts to strengthen our nuclear forces,” Sok added.
Meanwhile, Washington continues to prepare for the possibility that North Korea will attack. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats released a joint statement: “The United States seeks stability and the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. We remain open to negotiations toward that goal. However, we remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies.”
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