North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, photo by Reuters

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un said that his country will continue developing its nuclear deterrent power and introduce a “new strategic weapon” in the near future.

Iran PressAsiaKim Jong Un on Wednesday vowed to continue developing his country’s nuclear deterrent and introduce a “new strategic weapon” in the near future after the United States missed a year-end deadline for a restart of denuclearization talks.

North Korea’s leader said at a key ruling Workers’ Party meeting that Washington is making “gangster-like demands”, adding that the scope of the nuclear deterrent will depend on the US’ future attitude, leaving the door for dialogue open, Reuters reported citing North Korean state media KCNA.

He also declared that Pyongyang is abandoning its moratoriums on nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests.

"There is no ground for us to get unilaterally bound to the commitment any longer," the official added.

The White House said on Sunday that it would consider "other tools" beyond personal diplomacy if North Korea went ahead with a threatened "Christmas gift" that could reignite global tensions over its nuclear program.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) had earlier warned that "the dialogue touted by the US is, in essence, nothing but a foolish trick hatched to keep the DPRK bound to dialogue and use it in favor of the political situation and election in the US."

"What is left to be done now is the U.S. option and it is entirely up to the U.S. what Christmas gift it will select to get," DPRK said.


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