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N Korea has `nothing to fear` from new nuclear policy: US

Last Updated: Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 09:33

Washington: North Korea has "nothing to fear" if it breaks from its nuclear weapons program, officials in Washington have insisted after Pyongyang attacked the new US nuclear policy as showing continued hostility.

"If they have concerns about what`s in the Nuclear Posture Review, they have control on what happens next," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said on Friday, referring to the policy renouncing the use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states in compliance with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

"If they come back to the six-party process, if they take affirmative steps toward denuclearisation, then they have nothing to fear from (the) NPR," Crowley said.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman in Pyongyang told the official news agency earlier yesterday that "as long as the US nuclear threat persists, the DPRK (North Korea) will increase and update various type nuclear weapons as its deterrent."

The ministry said that because Washington left options open against countries such as North Korea or Iran which it said defy non-proliferation obligations, the new policy is "nothing different from the hostile policy pursued by the Bush administration”.

The North quit the treaty in 2003 and has since staged two atomic weapons tests.


First Published: Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 09:33
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