PYONGYANG, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's
Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday announced that it would conduct a nuclear
test in the future as a war deterrent against the U.S. hostile policy.
In a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry, the
DPRK said "(for) scientific research, the DPRK will in the future conduct a
nuclear test under conditions where safety is firmly guaranteed," the official
Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.
But the statement did not give a specific date or
location for the upcoming test.
The DPRK said it would implement its international
commitment on nuclear non-proliferation "as a responsible nuclear weapons state"
although in January 2003 it quit the Non-proliferation Treaty.
The DPRK "will never use nuclear weapons first, but
strictly prohibit any threat of nuclear weapons and nuclear transfer," the
Meanwhile, The DPRK also affirmed that it would
strive to "realize the denuclearization of the (Korean) peninsula and give
impetus to worldwide nuclear disarmament and the ultimate elimination of nuclear
The statement accused the United States of adopting a
hostile policy toward the DPRK, saying that was why it must conduct a nuclear
test, as a way of bolstering its war deterrence.
"The U.S.' extreme threat of a nuclear war and (its)
sanctions and pressure compel the DPRK to conduct a nuclear test", said the
"Under the present situation ... the U.S. moves to
isolate and stifle the DPRK have reached the worst phase, going beyond the
extremity," it said.
"The DPRK can no longer remain an on-looker to the
developments," it added.
The DPRK is believed by U.S. officials to have
possessed one ortwo nuclear weapons for years, and that it has the capability to
In a joint statement at the end of the fourth round
of the six-party talks in September 2005, the DPRK promised to abandon all
nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs while the United States affirmed
that it had no intention of attacking or invading the DPRK with nuclear or
In October last year, Washington imposed financial
restrictionson the DPRK, saying that Pyongyang's companies had been involved in
illicit activities, including counterfeiting, money laundering and financing
weapons proliferation, which, in turn, led to the DPRK refusal to return to the
The talks, which involves China, the DPRK, the United
States, South Korea, Russia and Japan, have been stalled since the first phase
of the fifth round of talks ended last November. Enditem
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Tuesday by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
China urges DPRK to keep calm,
restraint on nuclear test
BEIJING, Oct. 4
(Xinhua) -- China hopes that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)
must keep calm and restraint on the nuclear test issue, Chinese Foreign Ministry
spokesman Liu Jianchao said in a statement here
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on Wednesday called on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to drop
its plan to conduct a nuclear test and return to the six-party talks.
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Margaret Beckett on Tuesday said that a planned nuclear test by the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) would be a "highly provocative act."
Russia urges restraint from DPRK over nuclear
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Russia expressed "deep concern" and urged the Democratic People's Republic of
Korea (DPRK) to exercise restraint on Tuesday after it announced plans to
conduct a nuclear test.
Rice says DPRK's nuclear test would be
"very provocative" act
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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said here Tuesday that a nuclear test by the
Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) would be a "very provocative" act.
Russian FM: Diplomacy only way to
solve Iran, DPRK nuclear issues
MOSCOW, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei
Lavrov urged restraint from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on
Tuesday following its announcement of a planned nuclear test and said the
nuclear issues of Iran and the DPRK must be resolved through diplomacy. Full story>>>
S. Korea holds emergency meeting on
DPRK's nuclear test
SEOUL, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- South Korean government
convened an emergency meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss measures against
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Abe: Japan will not tolerate DPRK's
TOKYO, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Japan said on Tuesday it
would respond "harshly" if the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)
conducted a nuclear test.
"Japan and the world would definitely not tolerate a
nuclear test (by the DPRK)," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was quoted as saying by
Kyodo News. Full story