Having nuclear weapons ‘matter of life and death’ for North Korea

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Pyongyang does not plan to hold any talks with Washington about its nuclear programme, a senior North Korean diplomat said on Friday, saying that possessing nuclear weapons was a matter of life and death for North Korea, the RIA (Russia’s international news agency) reported.

The United States would “have to put up” with North Korea’s nuclear status, Choe Son-hui, director-general of the North American department of North Korea’s foreign ministry, told a non-proliferation conference in Moscow, RIA reported.