North Korea tells the United Nations that it now has an ‘effective war deterrent’, it will focus on the economy


NEW YORK (Reuters) – North Korea has “credible and effective war deterrents for self-defense” and will now focus on developing its economy, North Korea’s UN ambassador Kim Song said on Tuesday, though he acknowledged That international sanctions were a hindrance.

FILE PHOTO: North Korea’s Ambassador to the United Nations Kim Song spoke during a news conference on October 7, 2019 in New York, USA. REUTERS / Brendan McDermid

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Kim also said that “the epidemic situation in our country is now under safe and stable control” as a result of measures taken to prevent the spread of novel coronaviruses. North Korea has said it has no confirmed cases, although some US officials have raised doubts over that claim.

Already weighed down by strict international restrictions on its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, Pyongyang is also undergoing economic measures with strict border closures and other important measures aimed at countering the outbreak of coronoviruses and damage from recent storms and floods. Is suffering loss.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, using its country’s formal name, said, “Based on credible guarantees to protect the security of the state and the people, the DPRK is now directing all its efforts towards economic construction.”

“It is an important point that we badly need the external environment for economic construction,” he said. “But, we cannot sell our dignity only in the hope of a spectacular change – dignity that we have valued as our life. This is our stable position.”

He said that North Korea was still being threatened by military hardware such as stealth fighters being used on the Korean Peninsula and that “all kinds of nuclear attack directly meant the DPRK.”

Kim said, “Real peace can be safe only when someone has the full power to stop the war.” “As we have gained credible and effective war deterrence for self-defense by strengthening our belt, peace and security the Korean Peninsula and the region are now firmly defended.”

Monitoring of independent UN sanctions informed the UN Security Council in August that North Korea was pressurizing with its nuclear weapons program and many countries believed it had “fitted its ballistic missiles to warheads” Probably developed small nuclear devices. “

Jimmy Towne, a Stimson Center partner and deputy director of 38 North, said the messenger’s speech “had no threats or signs of force or a display of power in the near future. It was on rebuilding and recovering internal conditions Was very focused. “

He said that while North Korea seeks relief from sanctions, “they are not going to give up their weapons on their future promises” and that concrete steps will need to be taken to prove that Pyongyang’s relations with the US are justified before it is justified. Changed to take such measures that endanger his safety.

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump have met three times since 2018, but failed to make progress on US calls to Pyongyang for their nuclear weapons and North Korea’s demands to end sanctions.

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Reporting by Michelle Nichols and David Brunstrom; Editing by Grant McCool

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