N. Korea vows to keep 'nuclear knowledge' in face of US 'hostility'

Politics 8/10/2018, 4:16 AM
N. Korea vows to keep 'nuclear knowledge' in face of US 'hostility'

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said during his visit to Iran that his country still has serious concerns when it comes to Washington's policy towards denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, and vowed that Pyongyang will not relinquish its nuclear knowledge, which it sees as potentially necessary in case of negative developments in relations between the two countries.

"Since we know that the U.S. will never give up its hostile policy toward us, we will hold onto our nuclear knowledge," Iranian media quoted the diplomat's remarks during a meeting with the speaker of Iran's parliament, Ali Larijani. He went on to add that "it is hard to deal with the US," and criticized Washington for avoiding to take any steps of goodwill on its part. During the visit, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned North Korea not to trust that the US will follow through with its obligations.

Earlier, the foreign ministry in Pyongyang said in a statement that if Trump administration keeps its old approach, it cannot expect any progress on denuclearization, It also called for the removal of sanctions imposed by the US. Meanwhile, Washington said that necessary steps towards denuclearization haven't been taken by North Korea yet.

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