UNITED NATIONS — North Korea said Friday that it will continue building its nuclear capabilities as long as the United States refuses to sign a peace agreement and continues to escalate threats against Pyongyang.
Sin Son Ho, North Korea's UN ambassador, said that the US Nuclear Posture Review has essentially given the "green light" to a pre-emptive nuclear strike against his country.
In April's Nuclear Posture Review, the US said it would not use nuclear weapons against countries that do not have them. North Korea was not included in that pledge because it refuses to give up its nuclear weapons.
Sin said without North Korea's nuclear deterrent the Korean peninsula would already have turned into a "bloody ground of war."