Having nuclear weapons 'matter of life and death' for North Korea: agency

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As the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan appeared in the waters off the Korean Peninsula, North Korea's emergency committee for opposing nuclear war drills condemned the joint move between the USA and South Korea to mobilize strategic nuclear assets near the peninsula, Yonhap News Agency reported.

Pyongyang does not plan to hold any talks with Washington about its nuclear program, a senior North Korean diplomat said on Friday, declaring that possessing nuclear weapons was a matter of life and death for North Korea, the RIA news agency reported.

The so-called military option against North Korea, Cho said, "could have bad consequences that we cannot endure, so we must eliminate solutions to the North Korean nuclear issue based on military measures".

Tensions in the area have previously soared amid North Korea's nuclear and missile tests and increasingly bellicose "exchange of pleasantries" between the North Korean leadership and US President Donald Trump.

"Our leader Kim Jong Un has explained our stance: we will coerce the Americans to peace and respond to fire with fire".

DPRK is the acronym of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the country's formal name.

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The Hyunmoo-4, capable of carrying a 2-ton nuclear warhead and of targeting North Korea's underground military facilities, will begin development once U.S.

"Every action triggers a counter-action", she warned.

There had been speculation that Choe might meet with former U.S. Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who was involved in negotiating the Iranian nuclear deal, and Robert Einhorn, a former State Department special advisor on nonproliferation, on the sidelines of the Moscow conference, as she did in May when she met with former U.S. government officials in Norway's capital Oslo.

In a separate statement on Thursday, the South Korean navy said the Korea-based three-axis system that includes Kill Chain, Seoul's pre-emptive strike system, is under review.

"We believe that the USA, but not any other country, may mount a nuclear attack", Choe Hui, the Head of the North Korean Foreign Ministry's Department on North American Affairs said.

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