North Korea vowed Friday (February 19) not to give up nuclear arms for "petty economic aid", claiming it has only developed them to counter what it called US nuclear threats, according to South Korea's Yonhap News.
The North's official Korean Central News Agency said the reason the communist country pursued nuclear arms is not to bargain them for economic benefits but to counter "the deepening US nuclear threats."
"We have tightened our belts, braved various difficulties and spent countless (amounts of) money to obtain a nuclear deterrent as a self-defense measure against US nuclear threats," the KCNA said in an editorial monitored in Seoul.
"We never meant to seek 'economic benefits' from someone or threaten others."
The US and South Korea believe North Korea has produced enough plutonium to build at least six nuclear bombs.
"Only fools will entertain the delusion that we will trade our nuclear deterrent for petty economic aid," the KCNA said.