The problem: The United States has adopted an untenable position by insisting on the elimination of North Korea's nuclear arsenal.
The sanctions were in response to the country's ongoing intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test launches. "This is not blackmail but reality", said Kim, reiterating his claims that North Korea was a nuclear state. The U.S. and South Korea have maintained that they won't negotiate with the North unless it is willing to discuss curbing its nuclear weapons and missile program.
South Korean President Moon Jae In has said North Korea's participation will ensure safety of the Pyeongchang Olympics and proposed last month that Seoul and Washington postpone large military drills that the North denounces as a rehearsal for war until after the Games.
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Former Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen speaks out about the growing threat of North Korea's nuclear program. speaks out about the growing threat of North Korea's nuclear program.
"Do not expect any change in its policy", the report read. "Its entity as an invincible power can neither be undermined nor be stamped out", KCNA said.
The North will only use nuclear weapons if its security is threatened, he added.