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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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belldn3 April 05 2014 at 12:43 AM

Don't he suppose to have a hair cut?

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mbrheljr April 05 2014 at 9:00 AM

Article's title reads: "...North Korea says US `hell-bent on regime change'..."

Hell, yeah...what do these knuckleheads think other nations want as neighbors?

Mindless, soulless bullies...or civilized folks?

That's an easy call...

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astar11205 April 05 2014 at 9:08 AM

how we forget ........ how we forget.................

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Paul April 05 2014 at 12:09 AM

Google "north south korea from space". It will show images of the North in total darkness at night. It is literally medieval times for most people there.

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azeka3 April 05 2014 at 9:12 AM

North Korea sucks.

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rockymtn1500 April 05 2014 at 12:07 AM

Not AGAIN ! What do they want this time ? More money ? More food for their huge army ?
They have been blackmailing the world for many years, it's not only us, every nation pays them off. It's much cheaper than fighting them.

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JohnBoydStrother April 05 2014 at 9:14 AM

North Korea is about to test another Nuke? will it be delivered by a 777?

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pigmanfromva April 04 2014 at 11:59 PM


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thiesento April 04 2014 at 11:57 PM

And why do we provide them with food every year?

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EfinTwistedT thiesento April 05 2014 at 12:30 AM

we provide them with genetically mutilated (i mean, modified) seeds which require expensive pesticides to make the crop grow. no seed means no crops and more costs for seeds and pesticides. get it? perhaps you should have a look back at history. our nation went over there to rescure the french (which resulted in the viet nam war) and attacked the north (which was our ally at the time) did you not note how americans were hated and not allowed in korea for the longest time? please grow up and learn to think for yourself. thank you ; )

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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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