The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Saturday it has no plans to conduct a nuclear test “at present,” the country’s official news agency KCNA reported.
South Korea tried to “rattle the nerves of the DPRK in a bid to cause it to conduct a nuclear test, though such a thing is not under plan at present,” a spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by KCNA.
On May 19, a declaration made by the Group of Eight summit in the United States urged Pyongyang to abandon all nuclear and ballistic missile programs in a “complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner” after its failed launch of an “earth observation” satellite on April 13.
Responding to the declaration, the DPRK said on May 22 that it had no plan to conduct nuclear tests alongside its peaceful satellite development program.
The DPRK conducted two nuclear tests in October 2006 and May 2009, and received sanctions by the United Nations Security Council.