SEOUL, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- South Korea expressed "deep regret" Wednesday over the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)' s vow to strengthen its nuclear deterrence in defiance of the expanded U.N. sanctions.
Hours after the U.N. Security Council condemned the DPRK's Dec. 12 satellite launch, the DPRK's foreign ministry vowed to "take physical actions to strengthen self-defense military capabilities including nuclear deterrence" and declared an end to denuclearization talks.
"The six-party talks and the joint Sept. 19 statement were rendered null and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was put to an end," the ministry added, referring to the stalled disarmament-for-aid talks and the 2005 declaration that commits the DPRK to disarmament on the Korean peninsula.
The defiant statement dismisses a new resolution adopted earlier in the day by the 15-nation U.N. body, which called for the DPRK to "immediately comply fully with its obligations" under previous resolutions banning it from conducting missile and nuclear tests and other provocations.
The DPRK has defended its right to launch a satellite for peaceful and scientific purposes, while its critics, including the United States and South Korea, saw the launch as a disguised ballistic missile test.
"We express our deep regret (over the statement)," Park Soo-jin, a spokeswoman for Seoul's unification ministry, told reporters during a press briefing. "We urge North Korea (DPRK) to stop making threats of additional provocations and make denuclearization efforts through concrete action."
South Korea's foreign ministry issued a statement welcoming the adoption of the resolution 2087, which condemned the use of ballistic missile technology by Pyongyang in violation of previous resolutions.
"We should note that the Security Council expressed its determination to take significant action in the event of a further DPRK launch or nuclear test," the ministry said in a statement.
"The South Korean government will keep a close eye on the future development and maintain close consultations with other countries concerned," ministry spokesman Cho Tae-young told reporters.
Meanwhile, the U.S. envoy on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) arrived in South Korea for consultations on follow- up actions to expanded U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang.
Glyn Davies, who is accompanied by Clifford Hart, the chief U.S. envoy for six-party nuclear talks, will meet with South Korea's top nuclear envoy Lim Sung-nam Thursday to discuss future DPRK policy.
The envoy is also scheduled to meet with the transition team of South Korea's president-elect Park Geun-hye, according to the U.S. state department, before traveling to Beijing and Tokyo.
Park, who has repeatedly pledged to mend icy ties with the northern neighbor, has yet to speak publicly on the new U.N. resolution and the subsequent reaction from Pyongyang.
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SEOUL, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) vowed on Wednesday to take "physical actions" to strengthen its nuclear deterrence, shortly after the UN Security Council adopted a new resolution condemning Pyongyang's satellite launch of Dec. 12, 2012. Full story
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