QUOTE BOX: N. Korea foreign minister on tensions with US

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Posted: Apr 23, 2016 10:41 PM
QUOTE BOX: N. Korea foreign minister on tensions with US

NEW YORK (AP) — North Korea Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong spoke to The Associated Press about the tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Some of his comments:

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"Stop the nuclear war exercises in the Korean Peninsula, then we should also cease our nuclear tests," responding to a question whether North Korea is ready to halt nuclear tests.

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"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. (...) It is really crucial for the United States government to withdraw its hostile policy against the DPRK and as an expression of this, stop the military exercises, war exercises, in the Korean Peninsula. Then we will respond likewise."

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"The escalation of this military exercise level has reached its top level. And I think it's not bad — as the other side is going for the climax — why not us, too, to that level as well?" commenting on the test launch of a ballistic missile from a submarine in its latest show of defiance at the U.S.-South Korean exercises.

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"If they believe they can actually frustrate us with sanctions, they are totally mistaken. (...) The more pressure you put on to something, the more emotionally you react to stand up against it. And this is important for the American policymakers to be aware of."

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"A country as small as the DPRK cannot actually be a threat to the U.S. or to the world," referring to North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.