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North Korea says it's quitting six-nation disarmament talks and will restart its nuclear weapons program to protest against a UN statement condemning its rocket launch earlier this month.
The communist state said it "sternly rejects" the UN Security Council's action and would strengthen its nuclear deterrent in response.
"There is no need for the six-party (nuclear disarmament) talks any more,"
"We will never again take part in such talks and will not be bound by any agreement reached at the talks."
The North "will strengthen its nuclear deterrent for its defence by all means," it said.
"We will take steps to restore disabled nuclear facilities... and reprocess used fuel rods that came from experimental nuclear reactors."
Originally posted by spearhead
The U.N. has been organising these six-party talks with NK regarding the recent missile launch because Japan wants a tough stance to be taken against the launch. They are in the kill zone.
The UN had to go to far and print a smear statement about the whole event, didn't they.
Negotiators are reported to have had heated exchanges on the sixth day of six-party talks in Beijing on North Korea's nuclear weapons programme.
Amidst concern about North Korea's nuclear weapons program the six-party talks, stalled since June 2004, resumed on Tuesday in Beijing, China. Diplomats from the U.S., China, Japan, Russia and South Korea are meeting with representatives from North Korea to discuss eliminating nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula. The U.S., South Korea and their allies have offered to provide energy and possible economic assistance if North Korea agrees to halt its nuclear weapons program.
Since August 2003, members of the Six-Party Talks have convened in Beijing for several rounds of negotiations aimed at curbing North Korea’s nuclear program. The summits resulted in a September 2005 agreement in which Pyongyang agreed to abandon its quest to become a nuclear power. Yet North Korea joined the nuclear club when it conducted an underground test in October 2006. And diplomatic standoffs among individual Six-Party member states—particularly between the United States and North Korea—constantly threaten to derail the Six-Party process.
In an announcement that shocked the world, Washington said on 16 October 2002 that North Korea had admitted to secretly developing uranium enrichment technology for nuclear weapons, in violation of the 1994 agreement with the US.
The Six-Party Talks concerning the DPRK’s nuclear program involve the United States, North Korea, China, Japan, Russia and, South Korea. However, the primary players are the US and North Korea. The US has requested the involvement of the other four nations to deny North Korea of its desire to participate in bilateral negotiations with the US. The US is unwilling to participate in bilateral negotiations, citing North Korea’s breach of the 1994 Framework Agreement.
Honestly, what the hell do NK think they are going to achieve by pissing off the world?