North Korea vows to strengthen nukes amid tensions

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SEOUL—North Korea vowed Sunday to strengthen its nuclear weapons, a day after announcing it is in a “state of war” with South Korea, and said it would never trade its atomic deterrent for aid.

Tensions have risen sharply on the peninsula since the United Nations tightened sanctions in response to the North’s nuclear and missile tests, and the United States and South Korea launched military drills south of the border.

On Saturday the North declared it was in a “state of war” with the South and warned Seoul and Washington that any provocation would swiftly escalate into an all-out nuclear conflict.

A meeting Sunday of the central committee of the ruling Workers’ Party, guided by leader Kim Jong-Un, decided that the country’s possession of nuclear weapons “should be fixed by law”, the official KCNA news agency reported without elaborating.

The nuclear armed forces “should be expanded and beefed up qualitatively and quantitatively until the denuclearization of the world is realized”, it added.

Members also decided to develop a light water reactor as part of a civilian nuclear power industry to ease electricity shortages, KCNA said.

The North in 2010 disclosed the existence of a uranium enrichment facility and light water reactor, purportedly to generate power. Experts said it could easily be reconfigured to make fuel for nuclear weapons.

The North in April 2009 formally abandoned six-party talks offering it economic and security benefits in return for denuclearization.

On Sunday it reiterated that its atomic weapons are not a bargaining chip.

“They are a treasure of a reunified country which can never be traded with billions of dollars,” KCNA quoted the central committee members as saying.

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  • calipso_2100

    I thought you already declared war and ready to strike Hawaii. All talk no action. BS. Amateur porky.

  • Manuel_II

    Watching, waiting and hoping someone kick this guy butt and send him to hell, lol.

  • Jeremiah Farol

    please let’s pray together to avoid this pointless war. only innocent people will be suffered in the end.

  • $18209031

    Hindi na macontrol sa Puti ang development nila ng nuclear weapons. They are in a state of war. No amt of UN body can tell them what to do or abide by the rules. This is back to the 1950s. They will defend their right to develop nuclear weapons and no one can stop them.

    THe West was pushing the UN to punish them with sanctions. That is now off the table. Only way to stop them now is invade and attack their nuclear sites. THe NK s are willing to fight to defend their rights as its not subject to negotiations. For these Koreans dont want to be subjects to imperialists, thats why.

  • $18209031

    The US and SK forces must now commence attack to destroy all of NK s command and control and suspected nuclear sites. This is the only way to keep them from destroying Seoul . If they (NK) have the first strike, then forget seeing Seoul standing . They intend to flatten the latter. If not , then the NKs will keep making their nuclear arsenal and that will make them winners in this conflict.

  • 2loving

    The south had always downplayed the situations here in Seoul, we can see it first hand that even the locals doesn’t care of it as much as the Americans, the situations here remains calm and normal, but despite, that doesn’t mean they’re not ready. . .once the north starts firing, then they’ll know how much they will receive in return. . . the south have the capacity to buy arsenals, and they will fire back without hesitation to defend their country as well as the economy they have establish. . . The north leader is just so idiotic in nature, only cares for himself, even so evident being physically obese yet his people are in state of poverty . . . (sigh) . . .

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