: Reuters: North Korea to pursue nuclear and missile programs - envoy

17:24 Apr. 1, 2016

Reuters: North Korea to pursue nuclear and missile programs - envoy

South Korean conservative protesters hold anti-North Korea placards displaying portraits of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il and a model of a nuclear missile during an anti-North Korea rally on February 27, 2005 in Seoul, South Korea. (Getty Images)

North Korea have no plans to stop its nuclear and missile programs  

North Korea will pursue its nuclear and ballistic missile program in defiance of the United States and its allies, a top Pyongyang envoy told Reuters on Friday, saying there is now a state of "semi-war" on the divided peninsula.

Watch also Numerous leaflets flew over the North-South Korean border

So Se Pyong, North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, denounced huge joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises taking place which he said were aimed at "decapitation of the supreme leadership of the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea)".

Watch also Korean peninsula tensions rise with new missile launches by the North

North Korea conducted a fourth nuclear test in January and launched a long-range rocket in February. The South Korean military said on Friday that North Korea had fired a missile into the sea off its east coast.

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