Tehran. YJC. North Korea says its latest nuclear test was a ‘self-defense’ measure in the face of increasing threats by the United States.
Jon Yong Ryong, a North Korean diplomat attending a debate at the UN Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, said on Tuesday, "If the US takes a hostile approach toward the DPRK to the last, rendering the situation complicated, it (North Korea) will be left with no option but to take the second and third stronger steps in succession.”
"Our current nuclear test is the primary countermeasure taken by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in which it exercised its maximum self-restraint,” Ryong stated.
Pyongyang’s third nuclear test, which was conducted on February 12, drew immediate condemnation from the UN and several countries including the United States, South Korea, Russia and Japan.
In response to the nuclear test, US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice has said that North Korea should expect "increasing isolation and pressure.”
North Korea also carried out two nuclear tests on October 9, 2006, and May 25, 2009.
Pyongyang is already under tough UN sanctions over its latest rocket launch in 2012.
Source: News Agencies