“Hoping that North Korea will abandon its nuclear program is more foolish than waiting for the sea to dry up,” according to North Korea’s media mouthpiece, Rodong Sinmun.
While North Korea watchers debate the possibility of negotiation and dialogue taking place between North Korea and the United States, Rodong Sinmun made it clear in an op-ed commentary that Pyongyang has no intention to give up its nuclear weapons. “Neither sanctions nor provocations nor threats can ever undermine North Korea’s position as a nuclear weapons state,” it asserted. “It would be a wise option to take the stand to peacefully coexist with North Korea, which has quickly emerged as a nation with a strategic nuclear capability,” the news agency reiterated.
North Korea has long asked for peaceful coexistence with the international community, once the latter recognizes it as a nuclear power. In particular, it has underlined that the United States should abandon its hostile policies toward Pyongyang.
On the same day, in a commentary titled “The Strong Sword of Justice to Tame the Nuclear Weapons of Oppression,” Rodong Sinmun asserted that North Korea’s nuclear force is “the powerful sword for defending peace as it can decisively tackle the nuclear threats and blackmail from the United States.” The state-run newspaper stressed that North Korea is “fully prepared to make the deadliest nuclear strike on the United States as it pleases at any random time and space.”
Claiming that North Korea has “intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) and submarine-launched ballistic missiles, along with a hydrogen bomb known as the ‘Tsar-Bomba (or the King of Bombs)’, which it has succeeded in loading onto an ICBM,” the newspaper said that North Korea has “demonstrated its powerful nuclear strike capability to the world, not in words, but in reality.”
“The United States and other hostile forces that have denied and disparaged North Korea’s nuclear deterrent in the past became no longer able to make much ado about nothing,” it added.
Rodong Sinmun insisted that North Korea has developed its nuclear deterrent to “ultimately overwhelm and crush the violent and flagitious nuclear threats of the United States… . The nuclear weapons are our most reliable means of deterrence to prevent the United States from playing perilously with fire in the Korean peninsula,” it asserted.
It furthermore stated that because the United States would “never give up its malicious ambition to conquer the world by virtue of its superior nuclear power,” North Korea is “entirely just … to bolster up its strength with a much stronger determination.“
– The Institute For Far Eastern Studies