The Korean Central News Agency, Pyongyang’s government-backed national outlet, has released a statement to the people of North Korea, using its own spin to explain Tuesday’s nuclear weapon test. Claiming that the test was a success, the news agency says it was carried out in a “safe” manner, and that there is no cause for concern, adding that it was necessary to protect the country from the United States.
The DPRK’s scientific field for national defense carried out the country’s third nuclear test at an underground site in the northeastern region. It was said to be a necessary measure in order to “defend North Korea’s security and sovereignty in the face of the ferocious hostile act of the U.S.,” referring to the U.S.’s support of tightening U.N. sanctions in January. The KCNA claims that the U.S. has violated North Korea’s right to launch satellites for peaceful and scientific purposes, which was the explanation used for the country’s long-range missile launch in December 2012.
Going on to praise the fact that the test proved the prowess of North Korea’s nuclear device, the news agency said it was capable of a great explosion, yet doing no harm to the surrounding ecological environment. The statement concluded that the weapons test would “encourage” both the army and people of the DPRK in order to continue building their thriving nation, which has already displayed to the world its ability to conquer space. Not only does the test encourage the nation’s people, but it offers an occasion where “peace and stability” can be ensured in the Korean peninsula.
[via The Telegraph]