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DPRK hints at additional provocations

  • March 21, 2017
  • , Nikkei digital
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Nikkei reported online from Seoul on a statement issued on Monday by the North Korean Foreign Ministry concerning the recent Northeast Asian trip by Secretary of State Tillerson, who suggested that the Trump administration’s new approach toward North Korea could include the use of military force. The ministry condemned the top U.S. diplomat by saying, “We will not succumb to pressure from the businessman-turned-U.S. official,” and hinted at new rounds of provocations, such as the launch of ballistic missiles by saying, “The world will soon witness the significance of the victory that we achieved in our recent test of a high-powered rocket engine.”

 

The daily separately took up press remarks this morning by Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga, who commented on the North Korean statement by saying: “We are collecting and analyzing information…. It is the government’s responsibility to safeguard the people’s lives and property under any circumstances. We are fulfilling this obligation while maintaining a high-level surveillance system.”     

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