North Korea to stop nuclear missile test if US halts military exercise in S.Korea
April 24, Seoul: North Korea on Sunday stated that is ready to suspend all its nuclear tests if the US stops its annual military exercises with South Korea.
This comes just a day after the North had claimed that its submarine launched ballistic missile test was a 'great success'. "It fully confirmed and reinforced the reliability of the Korean-style underwater launching system and perfectly met all technical requirements for carrying out... underwater attack operation," the North Korean news agency KCNA said.
It added that the test gave the country "one more means for powerful nuclear attack".
North Korea is banned from nuclear tests and activities that use ballistic missile. Meanwhile, Foreign minister Ri Su-yong also told the Associated Press news agency that his country would not be cowed by international sanctions.
According to him, the US drove North Korea to develop such weapons as an act of self-defence. He suggested that the suspension of the military drills could open the door to talks and reduced tensions.
"If we continue on this path of confrontation, this will lead to very catastrophic results, not only for the two countries but for the whole entire world as well," he said. "Stop the nuclear war exercises in the Korean Peninsula, then we should also cease our nuclear tests."
The Oslo Times