Outraged over the United States’ nuclear weapons policy, North Korea demanded President Barack Obama to return his 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
United Press International reports that North Korea's newspaper Rodong Sinmun denounced the U.S. president on Monday for stirring up hostility towards Pyongyang ever since it carried out nuclear tests two years ago.
Claiming the U.S. holds around 2,900 nuclear warheads in its possession, North Korea criticized Obama for not abiding by international nuclear non-proliferation treaties.
“It is an absurd lie, an insult to humanity and a criminal act,” the newspaper stated, referring to the active Russia-U.S. nuclear weapons reduction treaty – the New START – that would halve the number of U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear missiles by 2021.
North Korea added the “current supply of U.S. nuclear weapons” violates all international non-proliferation programs and accused the U.S. of “preparing for a nuclear war.”
“It would be best (for Obama) to return his Nobel Peace Prize, which was won on the grounds of absurd lies,” the Rodong Sinmun continued.
North Korea, aka the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is currently subject to international financial sanctions for conducting an underground nuclear test in February 2013. It is illegal to provide any technology or even luxury goods to the reclusive country under these sanctions. Subsequently, North Korea threatened the West and especially the U.S. with war and more nuclear tests.
Things took a turn for the worse between the two countries after hackers who go by the name of Guardians of Peace carried out a massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures and even threatened to carry out attacks on American soil.
The U.S. government agencies held North Korea responsible for the hacking and, according to a Texas congressman, shut down the hermit kingdom’s Internet for about 10 hours on Dec. 21 and 22 in retaliation.
More recently, President Obama used an executive order to impose new sanctions on North Korea over its “destructive, coercive cyber-related actions.”