‘Not planning missile or nuclear tests’

NORTH Korea is not planning any missile or nuclear tests, the country’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, So Se Pyong, has told Reuters news agency.

Mr So was also quoted as saying North Korea was ready to resume six-party talks on its nuclear program.

North Korea has been conducting missile and nuclear tests since the negotiations broke down in 2008.

The envoy also dismissed as “fabricated rumours” recent reports that North Korean leader Kim Jon-un is unwell. Mr Kim has not been seen in public for four weeks, and missed an important political meeting in late September.

A state TV report said he was suffering from an “uncomfortable physical condition”.

In the interview with Reuters, Mr So rejected the suggestion his country was planning further missile tests.

However, he appeared to suggest North Korea’s policy was a response to US and South Korean exercises earlier this year.

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