As noted, the Obama administration’s Nuclear Posture Review offered a carrot to North Korea (DPRK) to give up its nuclear ambitions and rejoin the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The plan, as explained by James Millar, deputy undersecretary of defense, was “to encourage North Korea to...desire to be one of those states that are compliant with their nuclear nonproliferation obligations.”

It did not take North Korea long to respond. Surprise of surprises: They don’t believe a word the Obama administration is saying. And surprise of surprises, as “reporting” by the state run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) makes plain, they are not going to be persuaded to give up the nuclear ace they have as their hole card. If anything, they will redouble their efforts to build a nuclear force:

As long as the U.S. nuclear threat persists, the DPRK will increase and update various type nuclear weapons as its deterrent in such a manner as it deems necessary in the days ahead.

The DPRK is fully capable of doing so. It is the U.S. that gives the former ground and justification to do so.

Here are other key excerpts from the KCNA report:

A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA Friday as regards the U.S. publication of its "Nuclear Posture Review":

The review made public on April 6 proves that the present U.S. administration still regards nukes as a mainstay in carrying out its strategy for world domination.

President Obama blustered that the U.S. will not use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapons states that comply with the provisions of NPT but exception is made for countries such as the DPRK and Iran. This proves that the present U.S. policy towards the DPRK is nothing different from the hostile policy pursued by the Bush administration at the outset of its office during which it was hell-bent on posing a nuclear threat to the DPRK after designating it as a "target of preemptive nuclear strike". . .

The DPRK manufactured nukes, not prompted by any nuclear ambition. It produced them for the purpose of deterring the U.S. attack and defending its sovereignty and right to existence because the latter posed substantial nuclear threat to it after singling it out as "a target of preemptive nuclear attack." The DPRK has so far sincerely implemented its international obligation as a responsible nuclear weapons state. . . .

The U.S. should know that gone are the days never to return when the DPRK was only exposed to the blackmail and pressure slapped by the former on the strength of its nuclear weapons.

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