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

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.


Associated Press writer Edith M. Lederer contributed.

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Harry T Reynolds April 05 2014 at 12:52 AM

Tell NK, Kiss my @ss. If China wasn't backing you, you wouldn't be so brave. We should have listen to McAuthur and wiped them off the map.

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tnmac1980 Harry T Reynolds April 05 2014 at 1:03 AM

yang du fi mank tao!!!!!

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ibanez0702 April 05 2014 at 12:21 AM

Who cares what NK Says!

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lovehohos April 05 2014 at 12:21 AM

Thats ok let them keep up the game if they do something to muy country I will be one who will not run and will defend .Theres only a few of us that can say that but I will be defending as I defended in the past..

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greenoynx lovehohos April 05 2014 at 12:38 AM

**** them all light that country up, let it burn let it burn **** them

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Hi Sandra April 05 2014 at 9:16 AM

NK is always blaming the U.S. of something, why doesn't those little twerps just shut their big mouths and I don't know, read a book or something.

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Mark Boknecht April 05 2014 at 9:19 AM

Does anyone take these fools seriously?

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OSHP367 April 05 2014 at 9:20 AM

This is a VERY old song. North Korea is nearly broke and the polulation is starving. The only way the chubby family stays in power is begging for food from the rest of the world (or those who have food in excess). Lob some missiles at the South, rattle the rusty sabers, parade cardboard missile launchers down Main Street, and make nuclear threats until a boatload of wheat shows up. Then the people get a meal, the chance of revolt is reduced, and the Dear Leader (Baby Huey) quiets down for a short while. Repeat.

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abudotcom April 05 2014 at 9:22 AM

I wonder if a certain 777 would be a part of it......

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dannyboy1945 April 05 2014 at 9:22 AM

Not only are the NK's nuts but they are ruthless sob's. If you have ever seen pictures of North Koreans you will realize that they have been brainwashed into robots. The people have no say and must follow the "fearless" leader. Reminds me of Nazi Germany.

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dmaire1221 dannyboy1945 April 05 2014 at 9:48 AM

Funny they really think their allies will back them up . They may say it to their faces but behind their back they will watch north Korea get wiped off the face of the map . Then move right in , I don't think anyone trust NK but Denis Rodman .

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mlaurel58 April 05 2014 at 9:24 AM

The best way to affect regime change in NK is to show up with a couple cans of Raid.

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soup April 05 2014 at 9:30 AM

check for missing plane there

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