TOKYO (Sputnik) — In a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency, the ruling North Korean party has vowed to boost military muscle and preventive strike capabilities.
The Workers' Party regards its nuclear deterrence as the backbone of its defences that will protect the nation against the United States and its cronies, the agency said.
Pyongyang has remained defiant after a series of UN, US and EU sanctions were imposed on it over illegal nuclear and missile programmes. The latest US-drafted resolution backed unanimously by the UN Security Council slashed the North’s petrol imports.
Recently, a senior North Korean official has publicly stated that the North Korean nuclear weapons programme is intended only for the United States, claiming that it "shatters the US ambition to secure its supremacy in the Asia-Pacific region and safeguards peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and its region".