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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un provides guidance on a nuclear weapons program in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang September 3, 2017

    Top North Korean Official Says Nuke Program Targets Only US - Reports

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    Tensions around North Korea are far from being over with Donald Trump’s decision last week to designate Pyongyang as a state sponsor of terrorism.

    The North Korean nuclear program targets no other country than the US, Deputy of North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly and director of the National Reunification Institute Ri Jong-hyok was quoted as saying by the Yonhap news agency on Sunday.

    "Our nuclear deterrence is a sword of justice aimed at fighting [the US] nuke and Asia and any country in the world need not worry about our threats as long as they do not join an invasion and provocations toward us," the official noted.

    According to Ri, Pyongyang will step up its fight against what it called the US scheme of nuclear war and sanctions campaign.

    "It is the Korean people's resolute decision that [North Korea] should face off the U.S. only with nuclear [weapons] to achieve the balance of power," Ri was quoted as saying by the North Korean Rodong Sinmun newspaper.

    The top DPRK official delivered his speech at the Asian Parliamentary Assembly that was held in Turkey earlier this week.

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    Tensions between North Korea and the US have further escalated recently, following a series of nuclear and missile tests conducted by Pyongyang as well as harsh rhetoric by Donald Trump targeting the country's leadership.

    Last month, North Korea responded to the US president's bellicose "letters" on Twitter with resumed threats to deliver a missile strike on the US territory of Guam, adding that Trump's statements on social media as well as US military activities in the region are pushing Pyongyang's "hand closer to the trigger."

    Following Donald Trump's visit to South Korea earlier this month, North Korea promised to continue developing its nuclear program "as long as imperialism, the root of evil and injustice, is left on Earth."

    Most recently, Trump has decided to brand North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism in a move called by the DPRK state-run newspaper "an extra-large provocation, tantamount to another declaration of war against the DPRK."

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