North Korea Cites "Tragedy" of Countries That Give Up
By David Chance; Editing By Nick Macfie
February 22, 2013 - (Reuters)
- North Korea has bolstered its defenses against a "hostile"
United States with its third nuclear test, it said on
Thursday, noting that countries that had bowed to U.S.
pressure to abandon their nuclear plans had suffered "tragic
The North carried out its largest nuclear test to date last
week, in defiance of U.N. resolutions, prompting warnings of
tougher sanctions for the isolated and impoverished state
and its young ruler, Kim Jong-un.
Libya abandoned its nuclear program in 2003 in a bid to mend
relations with the United States and later saw leader
Muammar Gaddafi overthrown in an uprising that was
eventually supported militarily by Washington.
In apparent reference to Libya, North Korea said it never
"The tragic consequences in those countries which abandoned
halfway their nuclear programs... clearly prove that the
DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) was very
far-sighted and just when it made the (nuclear) option,"
North Korea's KCNA news agency said.
North Korea has told China, its sole major ally, that it
plans to stage more nuclear tests, according to a source
with close connections to the top leadership in both
It staged the latest test in response to tighter U.N.
sanctions imposed in January after the country launched a
long-range rocket last year in a move that critics said was
designed to prove technology for an intercontinental
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