Tuesday, April 2, 2013

North Korea sharpens nuclear threat

A day after Pyongyang declared it was in a "state of war" with South Korea, the politburo of the isolated regime defied the latest round of international sanctions by setting a twin strategy for the year of "carrying out economic development and building nuclear armed forces simultaneously".

The official Korean Central News Agency pronounced that nuclear weapons "can never be abandoned as long as imperialists and nuclear weapons exist on earth".

It added that it would not negotiate over its atomic programme, a "treasure" and not a "political bargaining chip" to be abandonned for any amount of aid.