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    The First Deputy Speaker of the North Korean parliament warned on Saturday that Pyongyang is capable of assaulting any foe that would hinder the "bright and peaceful" path of the country's future.

    St. Petersburg (Sputnik) — North Korea is prepared to destroy any enemy that would stand in the way of its bright peaceful future, first Deputy Speaker of the country’s parliament An Tong Chun said on Saturday during the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in St. Petersburg.

    "Our country wants to have peaceful future. Therefore, in order to achieve peace, we are prepared to eliminate the enemies that want to get in the way of this future," An Thong Chun said.

    The 137th IPU Assembly kicked off in St. Petersburg and is scheduled to last through Wednesday.

    The situation on the Korean Peninsula has escalated over the past months due to Pyongyang repeatedly conducting missile launches and nuclear tests in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. The crisis led to the UN Security Council adopting its toughest resolution against the country so far, and Pyongyang and Washington exchanging threats. US President Donald Trump threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea if forced to defend the United States or its allies, while North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned Washington of the highest level of hard-line countermeasures in history.

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    future, escalation, peace, security, nuclear, Democratic Republic of North Korea (DPRK), Russia
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