North Korean UN diplomat warns nuclear war may be imminent

Lazo Kim | Daily Texan Staff

Mr. Kim, in his address, said that North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to "such an extreme and direct nuclear threat" from the USA since the 1970's. This was stated on Monday by the Deputy Permanent Representative of North Korea to the United Nations, Kim Yong Ryong, at the meeting of the First Committee of the General Assembly.

Following North Korea's most powerful nuclear test, the U.N. Security Council capped North Korean imports of crude oil, but China and Russian Federation resisted an outright ban.

Last month, the UN Security Council imposed caps on North Korea's imports of oil to punish Pyongyang for its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3. The diplomat added that this year North Korea has become "a full-fledged nuclear force that holds carriers of varying reach, including atomic and hydrogen bombs, as well as intercontinental ballistic missiles".

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that his country is curtailing economic, scientific and other ties with North Korea in line with United Nations sanctions, and the European Union announced new sanctions on Pyongyang for developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

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The situation on the Korean peninsula remains extremely tense.

"They stressed once again that they consider possession of nuclear weapons as the only effective way to protect their country and their people and the only guarantee of their sovereignty".

European Union foreign ministers also agreed in Luxembourg not to renew work permits for North Koreans in the European Union while lowering the ceiling for an individual remittance to North Korea to 5,000 euros ($5,900) from 15,000 euros. Kim made it clear that all the moves actioned by the United States are to remove North Korea's supreme leader, Kim Jong-un.

He said North Korea is the only country in the world that has been subjected to "such an extreme and direct nuclear threat" from the United States since the 1970s.

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