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N Korea warns of nuke arms race ahead of US talks

North Korea said, ahead of landmark talks with the United States, that a US missile defence shield will set off a new nuclear arms race.



New York: North Korea on Thursday said,
ahead of landmark talks with the United States, that a US
missile defence shield will set off a new nuclear arms race.

The target of the shield is "the gaining of absolute
nuclear superiority and global hegemony over the other nuclear
power rivals," North Korea`s UN ambassador Sin Son Ho told a
UN debate on nuclear disarmament.

North Korea and the United States are to hold two days
of talks in New York from tomorrow on issues including the
North`s nuclear arsenal.

New York: North Korea on Thursday said,
ahead of landmark talks with the United States, that a US
missile defence shield will set off a new nuclear arms race.

The target of the shield is "the gaining of absolute
nuclear superiority and global hegemony over the other nuclear
power rivals," North Korea`s UN ambassador Sin Son Ho told a
UN debate on nuclear disarmament.

North Korea and the United States are to hold two days
of talks in New York from tomorrow on issues including the
North`s nuclear arsenal.

The Stalinist state`s UN envoy said recent
developments such as the shield had cast "dark shadows" over
prospects for nuclear disarmament and weapon modernisation
programs had been launched that resemble the "Cold War
period."

Vice foreign minister Kim Kye-Gwan is leading the
North`s delegation at the New York talks.

Kim and US North Korean envoy Stephen Bosworth are
expected to discuss improving US-North Korean ties and ways to
relaunch six-nation talks on the North giving up its nuclear
weapons.

Talks between North Korea and the United States,
China, South Korea, Japan and Russia have been frozen since
December 2008.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the
New York talks on Sunday, two days after the nuclear envoys of
South and North Korea held a surprise meeting on the sidelines
of an Asian security conference in Bali, Indonesia.

In Washington, State Department spokesman Mark Toner
said North Korea`s meeting with the South in Bali was
"constructive" but that the communist state needed to do more.

"What we`re looking for is in our mind a clear
indication that North Korea is serious about moving forward,"
Toner told reporters.

PTI

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