North Korea diplomat says there will be no negotiations on nuclear program

MOSCOW, Oct. 20 (Yonhap) — A North Korean diplomat said Friday that Pyongyang will not respond to any proposal for negotiations if they are about its nuclear program, saying that its ultimate goal is to attain a balance of power with the United States.Choe Son-hui, director-general of the North American department of North Korea’s foreign ministry, made the remarks at an international forum on nonproliferation in Moscow.The North is living under constant threats from the U.S., she said, adding that Pyongyang has become more confident that it needs nuclear weapons to counter any possible attacks.Choe said that the North has its own ballistic and nuclear weapons but they are intended to defend itself from the threats from the U.S. She added that the North’s ultimate goal is to have a balance of power with the U.S. so that the U.S. cannot threaten any military action against it.The diplomat said that the North will not have any negotiations if they are about its nuclear weapons, calling on the U.S. to recognize it as a nuclear weapons state.

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