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US envoy warns the DPRK over nukes

UNITED States President Barack Obama's top envoy for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea warned of "consequences" if the DPRK regime pushes ahead with a threatened atomic test and urged Pyongyang to instead return to dialogue with Washington to defuse nuclear tensions.

Stephen Bosworth arrived in the Republic of Korea, just hours after the DPRK accused the Obama administration of harboring a hostile policy toward Pyongyang, saying it would expand its nuclear arsenal in response.

"Nothing would be expected from the US, which remains unchanged in its hostility toward its dialogue partner," DPRK's Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried yesterday by state media.

The DPRK "will bolster its nuclear deterrent as it has already clarified."

Bosworth urged North Korea - which conducted a nuclear test in 2006 - not to carry out another test, as the country has threatened in retaliation for UN sanctions over its recent rocket launch.

"If the North Koreans decide to carry out a second nuclear test, we will deal with consequences of that. And there will be consequences," Bosworth told reporters.

Bosworth said Washington is ready and willing to hold direct talks with Pyongyang.


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