North Korea said on Saturday it would not submit to US nuclear “blackmail”, a day after shocking the world with its fifth and largest nuclear test, AFP reported.
“Gone are the days never to return when the US could make a unilateral nuclear blackmail against the DPRK,” said the ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun, using the country’s official name.
“The US is exasperated by the strong military steps being taken by the DPRK in a phased way.”
The Rodong commentary, carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency, slammed South Korean President Park Geun-Hye as a “dirty …” of foreign forces.
North’s nuclear capability ‘speeding up’
South Korea’s foreign minister said on Saturday that North Korea’s nuclear capability is expanding fast, echoing alarm around the world over the isolated state’s fifth nuclear test carried out in defiance of U.N. sanctions, Reuters reported.
The test proved North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was unwilling to alter course and tougher sanctions and pressure were needed to apply “unbearable pain on the North to leave no choice but to change,” South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said.
“North Korea’s nuclear capability is growing and speeding to a considerable level, considering the fifth nuclear test was the strongest in scale and the interval has quickened substantially,” Yun told a ministry meeting convened to discuss the test.