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North Korea tells UN it will never bow to nuclear resolutions

Stephanie Nebehay

Published 12/02/2013 | 13:28

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An official points to North Korea's Kilju, where the North conducted a nuclear test, on a map on a screen at the Korea Meteorological Agency in Seoul February 12, 2013. North Korea conducted its third nuclear test on Tuesday in defiance of existing U.N. resolutions, angering the U.S. and Japan and prompting its only major ally, China, to call for calm.         REUTERS/Lee Ji-Eun/Yonhap (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
An official points to North Korea's Kilju, where the North conducted a nuclear test, on a map on a screen at the Korea Meteorological Agency in Seoul February 12, 2013. North Korea conducted its third nuclear test on Tuesday in defiance of existing U.N. resolutions, angering the U.S. and Japan and prompting its only major ally, China, to call for calm. REUTERS/Lee Ji-Eun/Yonhap (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

A DEFIANT North Korea has told the U.N. disarmament forum that it would never bow to resolutions on its nuclear programme.

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It also said  and that prospects for the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula were "gloomy" because of a hostile U.S. policy.

"The U.S. and their followers are sadly mistaken if they miscalculate the DPRK would respect the entirely unreasonable resolutions against it. The DPRK will never bow to any resolutions," Jon Yong Ryong, first secretary of North Korea's mission in Geneva, told the Conference on Disarmament, referring to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

"If the EU (European Union) truly wants peace and security on the Korean peninsula, it should urge the U.S. first to terminate its hostile policy towards DPRK on an impartial basis," he said.

North Korea conducted its third nuclear test today in defiance of U.N. resolutions, drawing condemnation from the United States, Japan, Europe and Pyongyang's only major ally, China.

U.S. disarmament ambassador Laura Kennedy, addressing the Geneva forum, said: "I find it just an incredible contrast that while millions of people are celebrating the Spring Festival, a time which should be a time to celebrate peace and prosperity, that North Korea celebrates it by a third nuclear weapons test."

South Korean ambassador Kwon Haeryong said in a speech North Korea was the "only country which has demonstrated blatant disregard by conducting nuclear tests" since a 1996 global treaty banning them was negotiated at the disarmament forum.

Reuters

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