SEOUL (AFP) – North Korea on Wednesday ruled out resuming dialogue with the “gangster-like” United States, and vowed to respond to any US aggression with nuclear strikes and cyber warfare.
The bellicose statement from the country’s top military body, the National Defence Commission (NDC), came after reported moves by Washington and Pyongyang to revive long-stalled six-nation talks on denuclearisation.
The NDC statement was an apparent reaction to remarks Barack Obama made regarding the eventual collapse of the regime in North Korea, which the US president called the “most cut-off nation on Earth”.
The NDC statement, which labelled the Obama administration a mud-slinging “cesspool”, said the president’s comments amounted to a threat to engineer the country’s downfall.
“Since the gangster-like US imperialists are blaring that they will ‘bring down’ the DPRK (North Korea)… the army and people of the DPRK cannot but officially notify the Obama administration… that the DPRK has neither need nor willingness to sit at negotiating table with the US any longer,” the NDC said.
The statement, carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency and titled “US imperialists will face final doom”, said North Korea would respond to any US military aggression in kind – whether with conventional, nuclear or cyber forces.