Iranian state publication: North Korea has no intention of destroying nuclear weapons

NORTH KOREA/IRAN – (MEMRI) Tehran is closely following the developments between the U.S. and North Korea. In a May 17, 2018 editorial on the U.S.-North Korea talks, the Iranian regime mouthpiece Kayhan wrote that North Korea has no intention of getting rid of its nuclear weapons because they guarantee its security and the existence of its regime.

In its May 26, 2018 editorial Kayhan analyzed U.S. President Donald Trump’s May 24 cancellation of his planned June 12 meeting with North Korea ruler Kim Jong-un, and attempted to grasp the North Korea ruler’s motivations in holding the talks with the U.S. in the first place. With the view that Kim has no intention of relinquishing his country’s nuclear weapons and missiles, it explained that North Korea’s May 24 destruction of a number of nuclear tunnels was actually a meaningless concession, since the site was already obsolete, and that Kim’s only gesture to Trump was his release of three American citizens.

“North Korea’s life and people depend upon this atomic weapon and [its] military might”

Kayhan‘s May 17, 2018 editorial stated: “North Korea’s life and people depend upon this atomic weapon and [its] military might. Pyongyang has no doubt that without this military might it would long since have been swallowed up by America. Therefore, it is completely unreasonable that this country would agree to such a risk [i.e. nuclear disarmament] and to destroy its nuclear weapons that deter America, which is led by Trump, who easily breaks promises… Moreover, Pyongyang knows that destroying this [nuclear] weapon equals destroying North Korea…”

“North Korea is not stupid enough to destroy, with its own hands, the foundations of its might against a country like America”

Kayhan‘s May 26, 2018 editorial stated: “Several days ago, North Korea leader Kim Jong-un freed several American prisoners, and, before the eyes of reporters from [across the] world blew up the tunnels that were the site of nuclear testing, thus keeping his promise. But Trump cancelled his meeting with Kim and renewed his threats that the sanctions would continue, and that the military option was still on the table…

“Sen. [Bob] Menendez criticized Trump’s breaking of his promise [to meet with Kim], and noted that the breaking of this promise is a victory for Kim Jong-un, and that the world had reached the conclusion that America cannot be trusted…

“This writer believes that North Korea is not stupid enough to destroy, with its own hands, the foundations of its might against a country like America, and a leader like Trump is not crazy enough to easily give anyone privileges.

“During the past few weeks, there has been news attesting that the site that North Korea blew up on Thursday [May 24] constituted tunnels that were [already] destroyed after six well-publicized nuclear tests and that were nearly obsolete. Those who were invited to watch the explosion at that site were not experts; they were a handful of ordinary reporters who understood nothing of what took place at these three tunnels. Furthermore, none could prove that the place that was blown up was really North Korea’s only nuclear test site. We must not forget that the destroyed site was just a site, not a nuclear facility or a ballistic missile or other [facility]… Thus, the only thing that North Korea did was to release the three American citizens…”

Image: A model of the “Unha-9” missile on display at a floral exhibition in Pyongyang (Credits: Steve Herman / VOA News 26 July, 2013 Pyongyang).

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