A North Korean official said his country will continue to pursue its nuclear programme.
Pyongyang’s Ambassador to Egypt explained that North Korea needed to protect the sovereignty and security of its citizens from foreign attacks.
Pak Chong-Il’s comments come just days after the county’s state run news agency announced that North Korea had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.
“This experiment is to defend the security and sovereignty of North Korea, and it’s for the rights of our people who face ongoing threats through increased nuclear development by the hostile countries led by the United States. This experiment it is to keep the peace in the Korean peninsula and to achieve security of the region in general,” Mr Pak
told reporters in Cairo.
He said the country had a right to own weapons in light of continued economic sanctions.
Euronews correspondent Mohammed Shaikhibrahim reported: “Choosing Egypt to hold this press conferences which is considered rare for North Korean officials, may carry political messages reflect Pyongyang’s desire to play a stronger role in the Middle East these days.”
AFP news agency (@AFP) January 6, 2016