The Democratic People's Republic of Korea(DPRK) vowed on Friday to continue "simultaneously pushing forward the building of nuclear force and economic construction" while urging South Korean President Park Geun-hye to "behave with discretion."
Park should not try to make the DPRK "change" and force it to dismantle nuclear weapons, a spokesman for the DPRK's Policy Department of the National Defense Commission (NDC) said in a statement.
"Now that the hard-won atmosphere of dialogue and peace is turning into that of confrontation and tension on the Korean Peninsula, Park and her group should face up to the desire of the nation and the trend of the times and behave with discretion," said the spokesman, quoted by the official KCNA news agency.
The spokesman stressed that the army and people of the DPRK will invariably advance forward its own way, while simultaneously pushing forward the building of nuclear force and economic construction to build a prosperous country.
In a speech to mark the 65th Armed Forces Day on Tuesday, Park said that her country should create a strong deterrent against possible nuclear threats from the DPRK, in a bid to force the DPRK leadership to recognize that its missiles and nuclear weapons will be useless.