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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea says it will not disarm first, blaming US sanctions

Foreign Minister Ri calls for end of war declaration in UN speech

UNITED NATIONS -- The U.S. denuclearization push through sanctions is preventing diplomatic progress and deepening mistrust, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said on Sept. 29, stressing that his country will never unilaterally disarm its nuclear weapons.

"The perception that sanctions can bring us on our knees is a pipe dream of the people who are ignorant about us," Ri said in his address to the U.N. General Assembly. "The reason behind the recent deadlock is because the U.S. relies on coercive measures which are lethal to trust-building." 

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