North Korea has pointed the finger squarely at the United States for the failed resumption of the Six-party talks, which are aimed at ending the North's nuclear weapons program.
Speaking at a news conference at the United Nations on Monday, Pyongyang's deputy UN ambassador Ri Tong-il said the U.S. was using his country's nuclear program as a political bargaining chip.
"The United States should know that as long as the U.S. is continuing its "nuclear blackmails" against the DPRK, U.S. should know that additional measures will continue to be taken in order to demonstrate the power of the self-defensive nuclear deterrent."
He said the U.S. was to blame for the stalled Six-Party talks, citing their refusal to meet without preconditions.
The Six-Party talks, which involve China, Japan, Russia, the U.S. and the two Koreas and are aimed at disarming North Korea of its nuclear weapons, have been stalled since late 2008.
China has making a push in recent months to restart the talks,.. but the U.S. remains insistent that North Korea must first dismantle its nuclear program before talks can continue.
Ri also said the United States' refusal to halt annual joint military drills with South Korea are undermining prospects for improved relations between the two Koreas.
The latest criticisms follow an accusation on March 14th that the U.S. is setting up a human rights conspiracy against North Korea.
That came in response to a U.S. human rights report that called out the North for numerous violations.
Yoo Li-an, Arirang News.
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