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N Korea stages third nuclear test

WORLD CONDEMNATION:US President Barack Obama denounced what he called ‘a highly provocative act.’ Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called it a ‘grave threat’

Reuters, SEOUL and GENEVA, Switzerland

North Korea also told the UN disarmament forum yesterday that it would never bow to resolutions on its nuclear program and that prospects for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula were “gloomy” because of a hostile US policy.

“The US and their followers are sadly mistaken if they miscalculate the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] would respect the entirely unreasonable resolutions against it. The DPRK will never bow to any resolutions,” Jon Yong-ryong, first secretary of North Korea’s mission in Geneva, told the Conference on Disarmament.

“If Seoul truly wants peace and security on the Korean Peninsula, it should urge the US first to terminate its hostile policy towards DPRK on an impartial basis,” he said.

Yesterday’s action appeared to have been timed for the run-up to Saturday’s anniversary celebrations of Kim Jong-il’s birthday.

South Korea’s spy agency warned that the North might conduct another nuclear test. The warning came during a briefing to lawmakers by the head of the National Intelligence Service, Won Hei-soon, Yonhap news agency reported. The briefing raised “the possibility for another nuclear test” or a ballistic missile test once the Security Council begins discussions new sanctions on Pyongyang, Yonhap said.

Additional reporting by AFP

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