N Korea says US must recognise it as nuke weapons state: KCNA

North Korea demanded Sunday that the United States recognise it as a \"legitimate nuclear weapons state\".

Published: 11th September 2016 02:14 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th September 2016 02:14 PM   |  A+A-


SEOUL: North Korea demanded Sunday that the United States recognise it as a "legitimate nuclear weapons state" following its fifth and largest atomic test.

"(President Barack) Obama is trying hard to deny the DPRK's (North Korea's) strategic position as a legitimate nuclear weapons state but it is as foolish an act as trying to eclipse the sun with a palm," said a foreign ministry spokesman quoted by the official KNCA news agency.

The spokesman in a statement defended the test, which has been slammed worldwide, as a necessary response to what he termed a US nuclear threat.

The North would work to increase its nuclear force "in quality and in quantity", the statement said.

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