Tuesday, April 14, 2009
North Korea announced on Tuesday it would quit six-nation nuclear disarmament talks and restart its atomic weapons programme in protest at the UN’s condemnation of its rocket launch.
The communist nation said Security Council discussion of the launch, which it insists sent a satellite into orbit, was “an unbearable insult” to its people.
Analysts described the Pyongyang statement as unusually strong. China, the North’s sole major ally, urged it to reconsider.
“There is no need for the six-party talks any more,” said a statement from Pyongyang’s foreign ministry carried by the Korean Central News Agency.
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“We will never again take part in such talks and will not be bound by any agreement reached at the talks.”
North Korea “will strengthen its nuclear deterrent for its defence by all means”, it added.
“We will take steps to restore disabled nuclear facilities… and reprocess used fuel rods that came from experimental nuclear reactors.”
This article was posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 9:32 am