06 June 2017

News Story: U.S. urges N. Korea to stop destabilizing rhetoric, return to serious talks

WASHINGTON, June 4 (Yonhap) -- The State Department urged North Korea on Sunday to stop destabilizing actions and rhetoric, and return to talks after Pyongyang rejected a U.N. Security Council sanctions resolution and vowed to further enlarge its nuclear arsenal.

The North's Foreign Ministry made the statement earlier Sunday, calling the Security Council resolution "a crafty hostile act with the purpose of putting a curb on the DPRK's buildup of nuclear forces, disarming it and causing economic suffocation to it."

It also said the country "will not flinch from the road to build up nuclear forces" and vowed to continue to carry out ballistic missile launches "until the moment when the U.S. and its followers are brought to reason about the root cause and a solution to the nuclear issue."

"We call on North Korea to refrain from provocative, destabilizing actions and rhetoric, and to make the strategic choice to fulfill its international obligations and commitments and return to serious talks," State Department spokeswoman Anna Richey-Allen told Yonhap News Agency.

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