North Korea reiterates position it will boost nuclear deterrence against U.S. hostility
North Korea will not sit back down at the negotiating table with South Korea and the United States unless they first stop demanding its denuclearization.
That was the message North Korea's foreign ministry spokesperson sent through a statement on Wednesday.
"As long as nuclear threat continues from the outside, we must strenghten our nuclear deterrence. We will not be tied down by anyone."
Meanwhile, the U.S.-Korea Institute at the John's Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies says North Korea has built two new tunnel entrances at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site.
The institute said on its website 38 North on Wednesday that the progress seen in satellite images taken on September 27th suggest that the North may be preparing to conduct additional underground explosions in the future as part of its nuclear weapons development program.
However, South Korea and the U.S. remain firm on their stance that a new round of talks will not take place unless North Korea demonstrates its seriousness about denuclearization through concrete actions.
Sohn Jung-in, Arirang News.