N. Korea Vows to Use Nuclear Weapons If Attacked

HAVANA – North Korea’s ambassador to Cuba said Aug. 28 that, if
attacked, his country would respond with nuclear weapons and engage in
a “sacred war,” Cuban state media reported.

Kwon
Sung Chol, quoted by the Prensa Latina government agency, spoke at an
event late Aug. 27 marking 50 years of diplomatic relations between
Cuba and North Korea.

If North Korea is attacked by U.S. and South Korean forces, “we will
respond with a sacred war based on the strength of our nuclear
deterrent forces,” Kwon said.
“Our government will make an effort
towards the denuclearization of the peninsula and the establishment of
a system of lasting peace based on the principle of the reunification
of both Koreas,” Kwon said, according to Prensa Latina.
North
Korea on July 24 threatened a “powerful nuclear deterrence” in response
to joint U.S.-South Korean naval exercises then taking place.
North
Korea was prepared for a “retaliatory sacred war,” North Korea’s
National Defense Commission (NDC) said in a statement carried then by
the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
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