North Korea on Saturday charged that the United States left it no option but to secure nuclear arms as a deterrent and pledged that as long as it was hit by US sanctions it would not be back in talks.
"Our country will never return to the talks under US sanctions," Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, told the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Havana.
"The United States, far from complying with the six-party commission's agreements, has continued to impose unilateral sanctions sending the talks to a standstill and dragging the situation into an unpredictable point," he charged.
The representative of the Stalinist regime, outside the context of its usual relative isolation, slammed the United States as a "serious threat to world peace and security."
Complaining that Washington had labelled it part of an "Axis of Evil," he said, "Korea has had no other option than to have nuclear arms as a deterrent weapon, since Korea does not need nuclear arms."
On Thursday, US President George W Bush and his South Korean counterpart Roh Moo-hyun recommitted themselves to six-party talks aimed at defusing the North Korea nuclear crisis.
Bush urged North Korean leader Kim Jong-II to abandon his atomic weapons programme in exchange for energy and other aid as well as diplomatic and security guarantees in the interest of his people and "for families to be able to have food on the table.