'It would be suicidal to attack the US first': North Korean diplomats

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Alexander Vorontsov, chief of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russia Academy of Sciences, visited North Korea in November 2017 at the height of tensions between North Korea and the outside world.

The entire country is a "barracks, ' Lieutenant-General Chun said, and even children undergo military training to ensure North Korea is 'never bombed into the Stone Age" like it was during the Korean War.

"It would be suicidal to attack the United States of America first and especially with nuclear weapons".

"We understand that it would be the last day of our country'".

But Vorontsov also noted in his article for the specialist website on North Korean affairs that Pyongyang remains convinced that the Pentagon is preparing for war on the peninsula.

Tensions between the US and North Korea have escalated since the rogue regime's latest launch in late November of an intercontinental ballistic missile reportedly capable of reaching anywhere in the USA mainland.

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North Korean soldiers are said to be sleeping without removing their boots since they have been told a war with the U.S. could emerge any moment.

Amid a global furore over his reported remarks about "shithole countries" and immigration, Donald Trump faced further controversy on Friday when it was reported that he referred to an intelligence analyst presenting information to him in the Oval Office as a "pretty Korean lady" and suggested she should be part of negotiations with North Korea.

"'We are diplomats, not military guys. Only our leader knows the issue in full.'" They also repeated the point that nuke weapons are being developed to preserve the survival of North Korea.

But he says it could also mean living conditions inside North Korea have improved.

The U.S. has not had formal negotiations with North Korea on its nuclear program since 2012.

Trump discussed North Korea in a call Thursday with French President Emmanuel Macron of France. "They are trying to shake the faithful's beliefs, but it is nothing more than an anachronistic delusion".

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