Having nuclear weapons 'matter of life and death' for North Korea: RIA

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 20, 2017 8:09 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Pyongyang does not plan to hold any talks with Washington about its nuclear program, a senior North Korean diplomat said on Friday, saying that possessing nuclear weapons was a matter of life and death for North Korea, the RIA news agency reported.

The United States would "have to put up" with North Korea's nuclear status, Choe Son-hui, director-general of the North American department of North Korea's foreign ministry, told a non-proliferation conference in Moscow, RIA reported.

"This is a matter of life and death for us. The current situation deepens our understanding that we need nuclear weapons to repel a potential attack."

"We will respond to fire with fire."

(Reporting by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Andrew Osborn)