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DPRK to withdraw from six-party talks

THE Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said today it will withdraw from the six-party talks in response to a UN Security Council presidential statement on its rocket launch.

The DPRK will not fulfill any agreement reached in the nuclear talks any more, a spokesman from the DPRK foreign ministry said in a statement.

He said that the DPRK will strengthen its nuclear power for "self-defense" purpose.

He also said that the DPRK will begin to restore the nuclear facilities that have been under disablement process, in a bid to operate those facilities normally again.

The DPRK will restart the reprocessing of the used fuel rods, he added.

The UN Security Council yesterday adopted a presidential statement on the recent launch by the DPRK.

In a non-binding statement, the 15-member council "condemns" the April 5 launch by the DPRK, saying it is "in contravention of Security Council resolution 1718."

The council reiterated that the DPRK "must comply fully with its obligations" under resolution 1718, which was adopted in 2006, and demanded the country "not to conduct any further launch."


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