North Korean Leader Says Nuclear Test 'Self-Defensive'

© REUTERS / KCNANorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the 5th meeting of training officers of the Korean People's Army
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the 5th meeting of training officers of the Korean People's Army - Sputnik International
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Pyongyang ‘s alleged nuclear bomb test was an act of self-defense carried out in a defining year for the North Korean ideology’s revolutionary cause, the country’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un said Sunday.

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"The DPRK's H-bomb test… is a self-defensive step for reliably defending the peace on the Korean Peninsula and the regional security from the danger of nuclear war caused by the US-led imperialists," Kim told the Ministry of People's Armed Forces said, as quoted by the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

The North Korean leader added that the alleged test was the country’s legitimate right as a sovereign state and a fair move that "nobody can criticize."

North Korea declared itself a nuclear power in 2005 and conducted nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013, having earlier withdrawn from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The UN resolutions 1718 and 1814 urge Pyongyang to refrain from nuclear tests and reengage in talks on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

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