Nuclear weapons are ‘North Korea’s life’

Published: 01/04/2013

A top North Korean decision-making body issued a pointed warning yesterday, saying nuclear weapons are “the nation’s life” and will not be traded even for “billions of dollars”.

The comments came in a statement released after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presided over the plenary meeting of the central committee of the ruling Workers’ Party.

The meeting, which set a “new strategic line” calling for building both a stronger economy and nuclear arsenal, comes amid a series of near-daily threats from Pyongyang, including a vow to launch nuclear strikes on the United States and a warning on Saturday that the Korean Peninsula was in a “state of war”.

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