North Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Pak Kil-yon told the 193-member U.N. General Assembly this week that the United States’ actions toward his country are increasing the likelihood of nuclear war.
“Due to the continued U.S. hostile policy towards the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea], the vicious cycle of confrontation and aggravation of tension is an ongoing phenomenon on the Korean Peninsula, which has become the world’s most dangerous hotspot where a spark of fire could set off a thermonuclear war,” the diplomat said.
He continued, saying that the U.S. wants to “occupy the whole of the Korean Peninsula and to use it as a stepping-stone for realizing its strategy of dominating the whole of Asia” and accusing American policymakers of working to spark another Korean war.
“The U.S. hostile policy towards the DPRK is most deeply rooted in military field,” Pak said. “With a view to eliminating the DPRK by dint of force, the U.S. already finalized different Korean War scenarios and it is waiting for a chance to implement them.”
The criticisms come just about a month after North Korea signed an agreement with Iran, another nation isolated by American foreign policy, to collaborate in the fields of science and technology.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran and North Korea have common enemies, because the arrogant powers do not accept independent states,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said at the time, according to Iranian media.
According to the reports, the countries will cooperate in research, student exchanges and joint laboratories. They will also share information related to information technology, engineering, biotechnology, renewable energy, the environment, sustainable development of agriculture and food technology, according to Iranian officials.