The Wall Street Journal: North Korea’s leader refers to nuclear program as ‘treasured sword’

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North Korea leader Kim Jong Un defended his nuclear-weapons program in a weekend speech, calling it a “treasured sword” protecting the country’s independence, state media reported Sunday, as U.S. President Donald Trump said “only one thing will work” to rein in Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.

Trump didn’t elaborate on his comments, made Saturday on Twitter, but he said prior U.S. efforts over 25 years hadn’t been successful.

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Kim, speaking to the powerful Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party hours before Trump’s Twitter remarks, called his nuclear weapons a “powerful deterrent” protecting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

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The missiles “are a precious fruition borne by its people’s bloody struggle for defending the destiny and sovereignty of the country from the protracted nuclear threats of the U.S. imperialists,” Kim said during the Saturday speech, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency.

An expanded version of this report can be found at WSJ.com

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