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DPRK newspaper accuses U.S. of providing nuclear umbrella to S Korea

2009-06-22 10:57:11 GMT2009-06-22 18:57:11 (Beijing Time)  xinhuanet

PYONGYANG, June 22 (Xinhua) -- Rodong Sinmun, an official daily of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), on Monday accused the United States of attempting to provoke a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula.

The U.S. commitment to provide a nuclear umbrella to South Korea under the pretext of "inexistent threats from the DPRK," shows its "gangster logic" to attempt to dismantle the DPRK's nuclear program while providing South Korea with a nuclear umbrella and attempting to "launch a pre-emptive strike against the DPRK," said a commentary carried by the newspaper.

As "a nuclear power," the DPRK will not "allow the United States to stay aloof" if it provoked a war on the Korean Peninsula, the commentary said.

It was the first response by the state media of the DPRK to the recent South Korea-U.S. summit.

During the summit on June 16 in Washington, U.S. President Barack Obama guaranteed his South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-bak a nuclear deterrent against the DPRK's nuclear weapons.

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