North Korea vows to continue missile program

North Korea said on Monday that it plans to continue its nuclear tests.
By Aaron Sims | May 02, 2017
North Korea said on Monday that it plans to continue its nuclear tests.

In the face of what it terms U.S aggression and hysteria, Pyongyang added that it would bolster its nuclear force "to the maximum" in a "consecutive and successive way at the moment."

United States President Donald Trump has warned that a major conflict with North Korea Is possible over its ballistic and nuclear missile ambitions.

China last week warned the situation on the Korean Peninsula could escalate or slip out of control.

In a show of force, the United States has dispatched the nuclear-powered USS Carl Vinson to waters off the Korean Peninsula. The warship will join drills with South Korea to counter several threats of annihilation from North Korea, formerly known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

"Now that the U.S is kicking up the overall racket for sanctions and pressure against the DPRK, pursuant to its new policy called 'maximum pressure and engagement', the DPRK will speed up at the maximum pace the measure for bolstering its nuclear deterrence," a spokesperson for Pyongyang's foreign ministry said in a statement aired by KCNA news agency.

The reclusive state has carried out five nuclear tests and several missile tests in defiance of U.N Security Council and unilateral resolutions.

North Korea's missile tests have been occurring at such an unprecedented rate, leading to a belief that it has made considerable progress in developing intermediate-range and submarine-launched missiles.

The country launched a missile on Saturday which the United States and South Korea said was unsuccessful.

Nevertheless, the launch received widespread international condemnation.

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