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North Korea says will restart nuclear arms plant

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North Korea says will restart nuclear arms plant


North Korea has warned it will boycott talks on ending its nuclear weapons programme, describing them as “useless.” And it says it plans to restart a plant that makes arms-grade plutonium.

The comments came in response to the UN Security Council’s unanimous condemnation of North Korea’s long-range rocket launch, nearly two weeks ago. The launch from the Musudan-ri rocket site contravened a United Nations ban, according to a compromise statement from the 15-member body. Seen as weaker than a resolution, the statement demands the enforcement of existing sanctions against Pyongyang and an end to any further launches. The US, Japan and South Korea have repeatedly said North Korea launched a long-range ballistic missile, not a satellite as Pyongyang insists. The launch triggered widespread concern and protests across the border in South Korea where authorities described it as “reckless.”

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