North Korea has said it will retain its nuclear knowledge in comments likely to strain an increasingly tense relationship between Pyongyang and Washington.
“Whereas we already took such practical denuclearisation steps as discontinuing nuclear test and ICBM test fire, followed by dismantling the nuclear test ground . . . the US insisted on its unilateral demand of ‘ denuclearisation first’,” the North Korean foreign ministry said in a statement.
“We hoped that these goodwill measures would contribute to breaking down the high barrier of mistrust. However, the US responded to our expectation by inciting international sanctions and pressure.”