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North Korea says US `hell-bent on regime change'



By CARA ANNA
Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- North Korea on Friday accused the United States of being "hell-bent on regime change" and warned that any maneuvers with that intention will be viewed as a "red line" that will result in countermeasures.

Pyongyang's deputy U.N. ambassador Ri Tong Il also repeated that his government "made it very clear we will carry out a new form of nuclear test" but refused to elaborate, saying only that "I recommend you to wait and see what it is."

His comments came at North Korea's second press conference at the United Nations in two weeks, a surprising rate for the reclusive Communist regime.

Ri blamed the U.S. for aggravating tensions on the Korean Peninsula by continuing "very dangerous" military drills with South Korea, by pursuing action in the U.N. Security Council against his country's recent ballistic missile launches and by going after Pyongyang's human rights performance.

Ri also accused the U.S. of blocking a resumption of six-party talks on its nuclear program by settling preconditions and said Washington's primary goal is to maintain tensions and prevent denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

A U.S. diplomat who was not authorized to comment publicly later responded: "We have long made clear - in close consultation with our allies - that we are open to improved relations with the DPRK if it is willing to take clear actions to live up to its international obligations and commitments."

North Korea walked away from the six-party nuclear disarmament talks in 2009 over disagreements on how to verify steps the North was meant to take to end its nuclear programs. The U.S. and its allies are demanding that the North demonstrate its sincerity in ending its drive to acquire nuclear weapons.

Since pulling out of the six-party talks, the North has conducted a long-range rocket test, its second-ever nuclear test, and most recently short-range rockets launches.

Using the initials of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the country's official name, Ri said, "The DPRK has been making strenuous, hard efforts, very generous, toward easing the tensions on the Korean Peninsula, but ignoring all this generous position of the DPRK and its proposals, the U.S. went ahead with opening the joint military drills, very aggressive nature, and they're now expanding in a crazy manner the scale of this exercise."

He also rejected as "illegal" a Security Council statement last week that condemned North Korea's test-firing of two medium-range ballistic missiles as violations of council resolutions.

The deputy ambassador did not answer questions on detained American Kenneth Bae or on his country's drone program, which it has been promoting recently. South Korean experts this week claimed that two small, camera-equipped drones had been flown across the border by the North, calling them crude and decidedly low-tech. Both drones crashed in South Korea.

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Associated Press writer Edith M. Lederer contributed.

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barryaclarke April 05 2014 at 1:15 AM

And if those military drills were called off, “Miniature Kim” would have said that his mighty country cause the United States to back down in fear. So sorry “MK” but you’re not going to have it both ways………..

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Jim April 05 2014 at 12:45 AM

blow these gooks off the map and get it over with

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rubysfools1 April 05 2014 at 12:45 AM

if NK makes the wrong decision thats another decision for the US and the rest of the 'Peaceful Respecting' world to make when it happens, AKA UN Allies…

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saultydog42 rubysfools1 April 05 2014 at 12:54 AM

NOBAMA wouldnt do a freekin thing but draw a line in the sand.

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belldn3 April 05 2014 at 12:43 AM

Don't he suppose to have a hair cut?

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dmart30959 April 05 2014 at 12:42 AM

north koreans are loony-tunes... the usa cant be the world police so let them play with their weapons and ignore the crying baby!

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matthew.costa dmart30959 April 05 2014 at 12:53 AM

That's what people like Chamberlain from the UK said before about the Nazis even though they were violating international law, not only testing weapons but amassing a military when they wernt allows to under the Treaty of Versailles. If history teaches anything its that countries like this never go down silently into the night.

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rubysfools1 April 05 2014 at 12:37 AM

US Crickets have BIG GUNS, but should not be used for anything but influence on the NK decision…

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manhattantrophy April 05 2014 at 9:59 AM

And all the little libbies still say Obama has made the world safer....well, he has, to the OTHER countries, not ours

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jim manhattantrophy April 05 2014 at 11:07 AM

YES HOPE AND CHANGE< YES WE CAN, LITTLE LIBBIES BUZZ WORDS>

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xenoace32 April 05 2014 at 10:00 AM

Kim Junkfood Unkempt should not make threats he and his 1950’s Godzilla era military cannot backup. Just because he offs 200 of his own people does not a example make. Daisycutter his arrogant arse already!

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abeybuck April 05 2014 at 10:01 AM

MacArthur was right.

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ewa2021830 abeybuck April 05 2014 at 10:13 AM

Yes he was.

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jim abeybuck April 05 2014 at 11:03 AM

NO PATTON WAS RIGHT>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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kscalia124 April 05 2014 at 10:03 AM

I Feel the North is all talk trying to act big... If there is a nuke problem there, it should be rectified immediately, not over 5 or more years... We don't need another Vietnam. Enough of our people have been killed defending other countries.. At these time we should by worrying about our country... Just look around and know that "we" are in serious trouble....

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