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2009/05/29 18:11 KST
(LEAD) N. Korea warns of further 'self-defense measure' should U.N. punish its nuclear test

   SEOUL, May 29 (Yonhap) -- North Korea blasted the U.N. Security Council, which includes its allies China and Russia, on Friday for criticizing its nuclear test and warned the country will respond to any new sanctions with further "self-defense measures."

   The warning, issued by the North's Foreign Ministry, came as the five members of the Security Council, South Korea and Japan were discussing ways to punish the North's second underground nuclear test Monday.
"Should the U.N. Security Council attempt further provocations, our further self-defense measures will be inevitable in response," the North said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

   The North called the permanent members of the Security Council -- the United States, China, Russia, Britain and France -- "hypocrites" for criticizing its rocket launch and nuclear test. The North's atomic explosion was the 2,054th in the world, with "99.99 percent" of such tests conducted by those five countries, it said.

   The North called its nuclear test a self-defense measure to respond to the Security Council's punishment for its April 5 rocket launch. The Security Council had tightened economic sanctions on North Korea for launching a long-range rocket in violation of a 2006 resolution.

   Resolution 1718 was adopted in response to North Korea's first nuclear test that year.

   The North said it has right to launch missiles and test nuclear weapons, as the country is not bound to the international regimes banning those activities -- the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Missile Technology Control Regime.

   The Cold War still continues on the peninsula, the North said, and any Security Council move to punish its nuclear test will be tantamount to nullifying the armistice that ended the three-year Korean War in 1953.

   "The world will soon see how our armed forces and people will stand against the power and despotism of the U.N. Security Council to the end and protect their dignity and sovereignty," the North said.

   hkim@yna.co.kr
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