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DPRK vows to strengthen nuclear deterrence


08:52, January 23, 2013

SEOUL, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) vowed on Wednesday to take "physical actions" to strengthen its nuclear deterrence, shortly after the UN Security Council adopted a new resolution condemning Pyongyang's satellite launch of Dec. 12, 2012.

The DPRK will "take physical actions to strengthen self-defense military capabilities including nuclear deterrence," said a statement from the DPRK Foreign Ministry released by the state-run KCNA news agency.

"The six-party talks and the joint Sept. 19 statement (of 2005) were rendered null and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was put to an end," the statement added.

The statement came hours after the UN Security Council condemned the Dec. 12 rocket launch and adopted a new resolution demanding the DPRK "immediately comply fully with its obligations" under previous resolutions banning it from conducting missile and nuclear tests and other provocations.

The DPRK has defended its right to launch a satellite for peaceful and scientific purposes, while its critics, including the United States and South Korea, saw the launch as a disguised ballistic missile test.

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