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The President of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly says the country will not tolerate provocation by the US and South Korea.
Kim Yong Nam was speaking on Tuesday during celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the start of the Songun revolutionary leadership of Kim Jong Il.
Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, said, "The army and people of the DPRK will never tolerate any reckless moves of the US and South Korea to provoke a nuclear war. It will launch a sacred retaliatory war, based on nuclear deterrent, any time it deems necessary, as the toughest self-defensive measure and beat back the aggressors and surely accomplish the historic cause of national unification."
The celebration took place in the giant indoor stadium in Pyongyang on Tuesday. Senior party, army and state officials, along with representatives from most state organizations, were present.
Earlier, the DPRK urged the US to work for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula by withdrawing its nuclear weapons from South Korea.
The country's newspaper Minju Choson stressed that it was legitimate for the DPRK to strengthen its nuclear deterrent in order to deal with US nuclear threats.