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(NK N-test) NK suggests additional nuke tests if U.S. reacts with hostility
SEOUL, Feb. 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea warned Tuesday that it would carry out more nuclear tests if the United States moves to penalize the country for its latest atomic blast.

In a statement issued in the name of an unidentified foreign ministry spokesman, the North claimed that its third nuclear test Tuesday was a self-protective move to counter Washington's "hostility."

   The latest test, the statement said, demonstrated the North's resolve to never allow its sovereign right to launch satellites into space to be compromised. Pyongyang has consistently said it would conduct a nuclear test of "high level" after the U.N. Security council passed a resolution on Jan. 23 (Korea time) condemning the launch of the long-range Unha-3 rocket in mid-December.
The statement said North Korea has no reason to conduct another nuclear test, but insisted that Tuesday's detonation was designed to "show the rage of the military and the people against the criminal hostility displayed by the United States," and to highlight the "songun" or the military-first spirit and capabilities of the country.





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