North Korea says decision on nuclear tests depends on US: Yonhap

North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho leaves a bilateral meeting with his China counterpart Wang Yi, in Vientiane, on July 25, 2016.
North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho leaves a bilateral meeting with his China counterpart Wang Yi, in Vientiane, on July 25, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (REUTERS) - North Korea's Foreign Minister said on Tuesday (July 26) whether it conducted more nuclear tests depended on the United States, but Washington had destroyed the possibility of a nuclear-free Korean peninsula, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported.

The minister, Ri Yong Ho, said North Korea was a responsible nuclear state and would not use its atomic arms unless threatened, repeating its stated position.

He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) meeting in Laos.