N. Korea withdraws from Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty; threatens to restart missile test

Published January 12th, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

North Korea on Saturday threatened to restart missile tests a day after pulling out of a key global treaty to prevent the spread of atomic weapons.  


Pyongyang's ambassador to China said the moratorium on missile tests was defunct now that Washington had invalidated all agreements between the two countries, while its envoys in Austria said a controversial nuclear reactor would be running soon. 


"That moratorium about missile test fire will be no exception now that the US has made invalid all the agreements reached between the US and DPRK (North Korea)," ambassador Choe Kim-Su said in Beijing, according to AFP. 


In addition, North Korean diplomats in the Austrian capital of Vienna said that the controversial Yongbyon nuclear reactor would be running in a period of weeks, however insisted the move was the result of a US decision to stop fuel shipments. 


Meanwhile, according to the official Korean Central News Agency KCNA, over one million people gathered into central Pyongyang on Saturday to hear speeches by political leaders in defense of the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation) withdrawal and pledge a fight to the death against attempts to infringe their sovereignty. (Albawaba.com) 

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