The foreign minister of North Korea has said in an interview that the only way the country will end its nuclear testings is if the U.S ends all military exercises with South Korea. This comes directly after North Korea launched test missiles from a submarine.

North Korea’s minister has held firm to the position that the U.S. drove his country to develop nuclear weapons as a deterrent. In his interview with the United Nations he had this to say: “If we continue on this path of confrontation, this will lead to very catastrophic results, not only for the two countries but for the whole entire world as well.” He also mentioned that if this continued for a few years perhaps the two countries could discuss further opportunities.

Unfortunately this request may go unanswered. Similar request have been sent to Washington before but the U.S insist that before any negotiations can be done, North Korea must end its nuclear weapons programs. This has resulted in a sort of stalemate between the two countries and puts us at the cusp of a thermonuclear war. The tensions have risen this year because North Korea sees the U.S exercises in South Korea as a means to invade the country.

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The country is certainly not backing down. Several attempts have been made to end the country’s nuclear weapons program. North Korea’s minister had this to say about the U.S. “How great would it be if the world were to say to the United States and the American government not to conduct any more military exercises in the Korean Peninsula … But there is not a single country that says this to the U.S.” We certainly hope some sort of agreement can be made in the near future.