Tuesday, April 17, 2012

North Korea warns US over broken nuclear-food deal

PYONGYANG: A spokesman for North Korea's foreign ministry has accused the US of "overt acts of enmity" after the suspension of a nuclear deal between the countries.

In a statement released on Tuesday through state media, the spokesman warned that North Korea will take countermeasures following the breakdown of the deal, in which the US agreed to provide much-needed food aid in exchange for a moratorium on the North's nuclear and missile activity.

Washington suspended the February deal after North Korea fired a long-range rocket last Friday.

North Korea insists it was a peaceful bid to launch a satellite but the UN Security Council condemned it as a violation of resolutions banning Pyongyang from nuclear and missile activity and said it will strengthen sanctions against the North. Source