Wednesday, April 29, 2009

North Korea Threatens New Nuclear, Ballistic Missile Tests

Via RIA Novosti (Russia) -

North Korea said on Wednesday it would conduct further nuclear tests and rocket launches if the UN Security Council did not apologize for its recent criticism of Pyongyang, South Korea's Yonhap said.

The reclusive communist regime announced it was resuming work at its nuclear facilities that produce weapons-grade plutonium and withdrawing from six-nation talks after the UN Security Council condemned a rocket launch on April 5, which Pyongyang said was carrying a communications satellite.

Yonhap also cited North Korea's Foreign Ministry as saying that Pyongyang had decided to build a nuclear power plant with light-water reactors and develop its own technology to produce fuel for these reactors.

Pyongyang's announcements follow U.N. Security Council's criticism over a recent North Korean rocket launch and the approval of new sanctions against three major North Korean companies - Korea Mining Development Trading Corp., Korea Ryongbong General Corp., and the Tanchon Commercial Bank, which are suspected of involvement in ballistic missile transactions.

The North has also expelled IAEA and U.S. nuclear inspectors involved in monitoring the country's disablement progress.


Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who recently visited Pyongyang, said on April 24 that North Korea had no plans to return to six-nation talks, and expressed hope that the situation around North Korea's nuclear and missile programs would not be used as a pretext for the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the region.

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