31 Mar '13, 4pm

N. Korea Vows To Strengthen Nukes Amid Tensions

SEOUL — North Korea vowed Sunday to strengthen its nuclear weapons, a day after announcing it is in a “state of war” with South Korea, and said it would never trade its atomic deterrent for aid. Tensions have risen sharply since the United Nations tightened sanctions in response to the North’s nuclear and missile tests, and since the United States and South Korea launched military drills south of the border. On Saturday the North declared it was in a “state of war” with the South and warned Seoul and Washington that any provocation would swiftly escalate into an all-out nuclear conflict. A meeting Sunday of the central committee of the ruling Workers’ Party, chaired by leader Kim Jong-Un, decided that the country’s possession of nuclear weapons “should be fixed by law,” the official KCNA news agency reported without elaborating. The nuclear armed forces “should be expanded...

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