North Korea vows to end denuclearization talks

Pyongyang, Jan 23 (IANS) North Korea pledged Wednesday to end any efforts on denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, the official news agency KCNA reported.

The move came hours after the UN Security Council adopted a resolution condemning its rocket launch in December, reported Xinhua.

The six-party talks and the Sep 19 joint statement of 2005 "were rendered null and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was put to an end" due to US hostility, the North Korean foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the KCNA.

There will be no more discussions on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in the future, but the country is open to talks on peace and security, according to the statement.

North Korea also pledged to "take physical actions to strengthen self-defense military capabilities including nuclear deterrence".

Hours earlier, the 15 members of the UN Security Council unanimously approved the Resolution 2087 which requires North Korea to comply with all relevant resolutions approved by the Security Council and not to use the ballistic missile technology for any launch.

It also reiterated to seek a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the issues concerned and advocated the renewal of the six-party talks over the denuclearization issue on the Korean Peninsula.

On Dec 12 last year, the KCNA confirmed a Unha-3 rocket carrying the second version of the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite blasted off from the Sohae Space Center at 9.49 a.m.

The satellite entered its preset orbit 9 minutes and 27 seconds after the lift-off, the news agency said.


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