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North Korea says US had better refrain from hostile policy

May 26, 2016, 9:33 UTC+3 PYONGYANG
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PYONGYANG, May 26. /TASS/. North Korea has again demanded from the United States to re-consider its hostile policy towards Pyongyang, the Rodon Sinmum newspaper said on Thursday, citing a statement of North Korea’s National Defense Commission.

"Following a tendency of time, the United States should back out of its anachronous hostile policy towards North Korea that joined the number of leading nuclear powers," it said.

The National Defense Commission branded as an example of Cold War thinking Washington’s statements that "changes in U.S. policy would be influenced by transformations in North Korea and Pyongyang’s steps towards denuclearization". It pointed out that Washington kept exerting military pressure on North Korea, overtly announcing plans to hold first-ever joint drills of the US, Japan and South Korea under the pretext of "counteracting a threat posed by North Korean ballistic missiles."

The US policy "aimed at North Korea’s isolation and suffocation is doomed to failure," the commission said. "The history of 71-year-long confrontation between the United States and North Korea proves that Washington’s brigand policy always leads to collapse of efforts," the North Korean defense commission said.

Speaking in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh in recent days, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that North Korea was "a threat to any nation in the world."

Russia is against using the issue of the North Korea nuclear threat for deploying a missile shield in the region. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: "We consider it inadmissible to use the thesis about the North Korean nuclear and missile threat for attaining unilateral military advantages and massively pulling new types and systems of armaments into the region, including the deployment of the new missile shield positioning area there as a regional segment of the US global ABM system."

"The Russian side is invariably ready for the closest interaction with all the states concerned in the interests of ensuring peace and stability in that region and achieving the political and diplomatic settlement of the Korean peninsula’s nuclear problem," the Russian diplomat said.

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