North Korea warns US over aid move
18 April 2012, 08:39
Pyongyang - North Korea accused the US of hostility on Tuesday for
suspending an agreement to provide food aid following Pyongyang's widely
criticised rocket launch, and warned of retaliatory measures in
North Korea's foreign ministry also rejected the UN
Security Council's condemnation of Friday's launch of a long-range
rocket as "unreasonable", and reasserted the nation's right to develop a
civilian space programme.
North Korea fired a three-stage rocket
on Friday over the Yellow Sea in defiance of international warnings
against what the US and other nations said would be seen as a violation
of bans against nuclear and missile activity.
officials called the launch a peaceful bid to send an observation
satellite into space, timed to commemorate the 100th anniversary Sunday
of the birth of late North Korea founder Kim Il Sung. The launch was a
failure, with the rocket splintering into pieces less than two minutes
Condemnation was swift, with the US and others
calling it a covert test of rocket technology that could be used to fire
a long-range missile fitted with a nuclear warhead.
immediately halted a plan brokered in February to provide North Korea
with much-needed food aid in exchange for a suspension of its nuclear
and missile programmes.
On Monday, the UN Security Council,
including North Korea ally China, condemned the rocket launch as a
violation of resolutions prohibiting North Korea from ballistic missile
and nuclear activity, and directed its sanctions committee to strengthen
penalties against the country.
Fault of US
to the condemnation, North Korea accused the US late on Tuesday of
leading a campaign to deny its right to develop its defence and civilian
North Korea's Foreign Ministry vowed to press
ahead with its space ambitions, and warned it would no longer adhere to
the February agreement with the US.
"We have thus become able to
take necessary retaliatory measures, free from the agreement," the
ministry said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News
Agency. "The US will be held wholly accountable for all the ensuing
"Peace is very dear for us but the dignity of the
nation and the sovereignty of the country are dearer for us," the
statement said, without specifying what countermeasures North Korea
North Korea also faced UN Security Council
condemnation after launching a long-range rocket in 2009, and walked
away from six-nation nuclear disarmament negotiations in protest.
later, North Korea conducted a nuclear test, its second, and revealed
it had a uranium enrichment programme that could give scientists a
second source for building atomic weapons.