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N. Korea denies links to Boston Marathon bombing
SEOUL, April 20 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Saturday denied that it has any links to the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and wounded dozens earlier this week, saying it opposes all forms of terrorism.

   On Wednesday, the conservative U.S. news Website WND reported that North Korea may be behind the bombing, citing the communist country's recent threats to attack the U.S. and its "history of committing terrorist attacks without taking credit for them."

   The report also noted that the April 15 bombing coincided with the 101st birth anniversary of North Korea's founding leader Kim Il-sung, the grandfather of current leader Kim Jong-un. The anniversary is one of the North's biggest national holidays, which the communist nation has marked with large events, such as missile and nuclear tests, in the past.

   On Saturday, North Korea dismissed the report as an attempt by "hostile forces" to damage its reputation.

   "We stress again that we have no links to al-Qaida, and by signing on to international anti-terrorism agreements, continue to maintain a stance against any form of terrorism," the North's official Korean Central News Agency said in a commentary, monitored in Seoul, referring to the article's allegations that North Korea has a "history of relationship" with al-Qaida.

   The KCNA said it will not hide behind terrorism if it ever feels the need to strike the U.S.

   It is the first time North Korea has commented on the Boston bombing.

   hague@yna.co.kr
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