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North Korea: We won't abandon nukes with US gun to our head

  • Han Song Ryol, director-general of the department of U.S. affairs at North Korea's Foreign Ministry speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, June 24, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Han told The Associated Press on Friday that his country is now a nuclear threat to be reckoned with, and Washington can expect more nuclear tests and missile launches like the ones earlier this week as long as it attempts to force his government's collapse through a policy of pressure and punishment. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Han Song Ryol, director-general of the department of U.S. affairs at North Korea's Foreign Ministry speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, June 24, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Han told The Associated Press on Friday that his country is now a nuclear threat to be reckoned with, and Washington can expect more nuclear tests and missile launches like the ones earlier this week as long as it attempts to force his government's collapse through a policy of pressure and punishment. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this July 27, 2013, file photo, North Korean soldiers turn and look towards leader Kim Jong Un as they carry packs marked with the nuclear symbol as they parade during a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. Han Song Ryol, director-general of the department of U.S. affairs at North Korea's Foreign Ministry told The Associated Press on Friday that his country is now a nuclear threat to be reckoned with, and Washington can expect more nuclear tests and missile launches like the ones earlier this week as long as it attempts to force his government's collapse through a policy of pressure and punishment. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

    In this July 27, 2013, file photo, North Korean soldiers turn and look towards leader Kim Jong Un as they carry packs marked with the nuclear symbol as they parade during a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. Han Song Ryol, director-general of the department of U.S. affairs at North Korea's Foreign Ministry told The Associated Press on Friday that his country is now a nuclear threat to be reckoned with, and Washington can expect more nuclear tests and missile launches like the ones earlier this week as long as it attempts to force his government's collapse through a policy of pressure and punishment. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Han Song Ryol, director-general of the department of U.S. affairs at North Korea's Foreign Ministry speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, June 24, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Han told The Associated Press on Friday that his country is now a nuclear threat to be reckoned with, and Washington can expect more nuclear tests and missile launches like the ones earlier this week as long as it attempts to force his government's collapse through a policy of pressure and punishment. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Han Song Ryol, director-general of the department of U.S. affairs at North Korea's Foreign Ministry speaks during an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, June 24, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Han told The Associated Press on Friday that his country is now a nuclear threat to be reckoned with, and Washington can expect more nuclear tests and missile launches like the ones earlier this week as long as it attempts to force his government's collapse through a policy of pressure and punishment. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)  (The Associated Press)

The top North Korean official for U.S. relations has told The Associated Press that his country is now a nuclear threat to be reckoned with, and Washington can expect more nuclear tests and missile launches like the ones earlier this week as long as it attempts to force his government's collapse through a policy of pressure and punishment.

Han Song Ryol, head of the department of U.S. affairs at North Korea's Foreign Ministry, blamed the current situation on the United States, saying it needs to stop its military threats, sanctions and economic pressure.

"Without doing so, it's like they are telling us to reconcile while they are putting a gun to our forehead," he said.

Han defended North Korea's test-launching on Wednesday of two medium-range ballistic missiles.