HAVANA, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will use its nuclear arsenal if attacked by the United States and South Korea, DPRK ambassador to Cuba Kwon Sung Chol said Friday.
"If Washington and Seoul try to create a conflict on the Korean Peninsula, we will respond with a holy war on the basis of our nuclear deterrent forces," said Kwon at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the DPRK.
"Our government will strive for the denuclearization of the peninsula and the establishment of a lasting peace as the beginning of the reunification process of the two Koreas," the diplomat said.
Despite obstacles created by the United States and South Korea, reunification will be achieved with the support of peace-loving peoples, like Cubans, he said.
Referring to the sinking of South Korean warship Cheonan in March, Kwon said the situation required the strengthening of support and solidarity between peoples of the DPRK and Cuba.
South Korea blamed the DPRK for the sinking of Cheonan. The DPRK rejected the accusation and proposed to send an inspection group to the south to verify the evidence. However, Seoul rejected the proposal.
Kwon also thanked former Cuban leader Fidel Castro for his public warning on the incident that it could unleash a major conflict in the area.
"His articles are an encouragement to our people, who fight against the imperialism," the DPRK diplomat said.
Cuban Vice President Ricardo Cabrisas stressed the willingness of Havana and Pyongyang to boost their relations for the sake of their peoples.
Cuba and the DPRK established diplomatic relations on Aug. 29, 1960. The two nations are currently holding cultural and political events to mark the anniversary.
The 1,200-ton Cheonan with 104 crew members onboard sank near the maritime border with the DPRK on March 26 after an unexplained explosion. Only 58 sailors survived.
Cuba, DPRK mark 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties
HAVANA, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- Cuba and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) opened an exhibition here Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations.
The exhibition, held at the Museum of the Revolution in Havana, shows books, publications, historic photographs and handicrafts from the DPRK, showcasing the progress of the DPRK's economy and culture. Full story
DPRK leader says U.S., S. Korean provocation will not be tolerated
PYONGYANG, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) would not tolerate provocation by the United States and South Korea, Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, said Tuesday.
According to the official KCNA news agency, Kim said the DPRK army and people would "never tolerate" reckless moves by the United States and South Korea to provoke a nuclear war, and would launch a "sacred retaliatory war" of their own style "based on nuclear deterrent" any time. Full story
DPRK media urges U.S. to denuclearize Korean Peninsula
PYONGYANG, Aug. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) newspaper Minju Choson Tuesday urged the United States to realize peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula by withdrawing its nuclear weapons in South Korea.
The United States should make the right decision to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, the paper said in an article in the newspaper. Full story