Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

North Korea denies role in global cyberattack

North Korea denies role in global cyberattack

On Thursday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson implored North Korea to help foster an atmosphere conducive to talks by ceasing its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons tests, asking them instead to "trust" the US' pledge of no hostility, APA reports quoting sputniknews.

USA should "roll back" its hostile policy against North Korea before any dialogue between the two countries can be launched, North Korea's deputy United Nations envoy said.

Inter-Korean cooperation and exchanges have been put on hold for years as North Korea has continued to press ahead with its nuclear and missile programs.

Beijing's state tabloid Global Times also expressed concern on Friday the USA political model may be "crumbling" in the wake of investigations into Trump's presidential campaign and the controversial firing of FBI Director James Comey.

But the North has now denied the claims, notably but not exclusively advanced by South Korean experts, and hit back Friday to accuse its opponents of spreading propaganda.

"The rolling back of the hostile policy toward DPRK is the prerequisite for solving all the problems in the Korean Peninsula", he said.

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Ben Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, said he also believes Rosenstein's memo had little to do with the president's decision. The sources said that the official is a senior White House adviser who is close to President Donald Trump .

North Korea on Sunday launched the Hwasong-12, the projectile that has shown the best performance so far aside from its space rockets, in what the global community suspects to have been a covert missiles test.

Patrushev cited North Korea's isolation as the rationale behind the Kim Jong -un leader's mission to increase the nukes so as to ensure the country's safety. It noted that "patent applications are not covered by the provisions of U.N. Security Council Resolutions".

"If this goes to a military solution it is going to be tragic on an unbelievable scale, and so our effort is to work with the United Nations, work with China, work with Japan, work with South Korea to try to find a way out of this situation", Mattis said at a news conference.

President Trump says he's willing to make peace through dialogue with North Korea if conditions are right.

Any dialogue between the two countries, however, would be impossible unless the U.S. ceased its "hostile policy", the envoy said.

"The U.S. should mind that the DPRK nuclear striking capability will be strengthened and developed at a rapidly high speed as long as the U.S. insists its anti-DPRK policy, nasty nuclear threats and blackmails, sanction and pressure", he said.

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