North Korea says it may give up nuclear weapons if U.S. abandons them first

North Korea suggested Wednesday it may be open to giving up its nuclear weapons, but only if the U.S. did so first.

Ruling Korean Workers’ Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun published a commentary Wednesday in which the country’s authoritarian leadership challenged President Donald Trump to reverse his support for a bigger, stronger U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal and adopt a non-proliferation policy. North Korea has argued its weapons of mass destruction stockpile was necessary only to prevent the U.S. from overthrowing the government of Kim Jong Un, which the U.S. has threatened to do by force if he did not abandon his nuclear weapons.

“The DPRK’s access to nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic rockets is a just choice for self-defense to counter the U.S. nuclear threat. Therefore, no one has right to fault with it,” the newspaper wrote, according to the official Korean Central News Agency, referring to North Korea’s official name: the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“The world’s denuclearization is the aspiration and desire of humankind. If the aspiration and desire come true, U.S. and other countries that have the largest number of nuclear weapons should take the lead in denuclearization,” it added.