N. Korea warns of immediate, powerful strike against threats

TOKYO, North Korea said Friday that any attempt to infringe upon its dignity and survival should be met with an “immediate and powerful” strike, calling for all-out efforts to build up its national defense capability, Seoul’s Yonhap News Agency reported.

“An action that would violate our republic’s dignity and survival should be met by an immediate and powerful strike,” said the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party, which was monitored in Seoul. “(We) should maintain invincible military power and beef it up,” the paper said. “It is the core initiative of our party’s national defense building to make no one dare to think about using military power against us. We should marshal all resources of our country for defense-building efforts.” The paper also urged stepped-up efforts to build a “self-reliant” economy, saying that making a “frontal breakthrough” to counter sanctions is a struggle highly likely to prevail.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un threatened at a key party meeting in late December that the world would soon witness a “new strategic weapon,” and warned of a “shocking actual action,” accusing the US of stalling for time for its own political interests.

Kim has said that he sees no reason to stick to his commitment to suspend nuclear and long-range missile tests and that there will never be denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula until “the U.S. rolls back its hostile policy against Pyongyang.”

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