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N. Korea Says It Has No Plans for Nuclear Test Updated: 2012-05-23 12:00:00 KST

N. Korea Says It Has No Plans for Nuclear Test
North Korea says it has no plans to carry out a third nuclear test, but instead will focus more time and energy on its satellite development program.
However, in the statement delivered through the North's state-run news agency, the foreign ministry also vowed to strengthen its nuclear deterrent, in response to what it calls Washington's hostile policies.
The announcement comes just a day after officials from South Korea, the U.S. and Japan called on the new leadership in Pyeongyang to stop from further provocations, following its failed rocket launch in mid-April.
While the Kim Jong-un regime claims the Gwangmyeongseong-three satellite would be used peacefully, any missile or nuclear-related activity by North Korea is banned under UN Security Council resolutions.
Days after the rocket launch, the international community released a presidential statement denouncing the provocative act, and added a list of new entities to sanctions on the regime.
Pyeongyang also blamed Washington for preventing a peaceful resolution to its nuclear weapons program.
The two sides struck a deal in February, with Pyeongyang promising to suspend its nuclear and missile activities, and the U.S. in turn promising food aid.
That deal fell through when the North launched its rocket on April 13th.
While the South Korean government says it's too early to make conclusions from Tuesday's statement, some experts have said the leadership in Pyeongyang may be trying to steer towards dialogue and away from rising tensions with the world community.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News.
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