Nuclear programs of the DPRK and Iran differ, and Pyongyang is not interested in a unilateral refusal from its nuclear program, North Korean Ambassador to Russia Kim Hyun Joon said in an exclusive interview with Interfax.
"One must say that the nuclear problem of the Korean Peninsula and the Iranian nuclear dossier are absolutely different in nature. It is well known that the DPRK is already a nuclear state in both content and form. Just as any other nuclear state it has its own respective interests," Kim said.
"The DPRK is not interested in dialog that will deal with the issue of unilateral refusal from and freezing of its nuclear program," he said.
The policy of the United States forced the DPRK to start developing its own nuclear program.
"The nuclear problem of the Korean Peninsula is an inevitable and logical result of nuclear threats and hostile policy on behalf of the U.S. that lasted for more than half a century," he said.
In particular, Kim noted that for the past 60 years the U.S. "has been carrying out large scale military exercises with the use of nuclear weapons in order to strangle our country" and "has been pursuing the most barbaric policy of economic blockade." Recently, the U.S. "has actively used human rights issues that fully contradict the reality that is formed in the DPRK."
"In order to counter such a hostile policy and nuclear threats on behalf of the United States, the DPRK was forced to resolutely protect its sovereignty and start creating nuclear arms," Kim said.
"This proves that there is a huge difference between Iran and the DPRK," he noted.
Pyongyang notes a dangerous nature of regular joint military exercises of the United States and South Korea for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.
"In order to protect ourselves from aggressive military provocations we need to even more bolster our defense potential, including in the nuclear sphere," Kim said.
North Korea has many times voiced initiatives aimed at promoting peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, he said. In particular, North Korea leader Kim Jong Un said in his New Year address to the nation that North Korea was ready to suspend nuclear tests if the U.S. no longer held joint exercises with South Korea.
"However, the U.S. fully rejected our important proposals aimed at establishing peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. Starting from February they launched exercises codenamed Key Resolve and Foal Eagle," Kim said.
"That is why the situation on the Korean peninsula reached the end of the rope from the military point of view," he noted.
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