North Korea threatens to re-examine n-issue

July 21st, 2012 - 12:44 am ICT by IANS  

Moscow, July 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Pyongyang will “re-examine its nuclear issue” following the uncovering of US-South Korean alleged plots to destroy a statue of North Korea’s founding leader Kim Il-sung, Yonhap reported Friday.

The North Korean foreign ministry said Friday that it would “totally re-examine the nuclear issue” after it had uncovered “the most serious act of hostility toward” the North, referring to the arrest of Jon Yong-chol, a North Korean defector, who said he had been hired by US and South Korea-linked agents to demolish a monument of Kim Il-sung.

Jon, who defected from the reclusive state in 2010, was arrested June 18 as he was attempting to enter North Korea to blow up Kim’s monument.

He said he had been “tempted” by an agent of the South Korean Intelligence Service who had received funding from the US, KCNA reported Thursday.

Pyongyang did not elaborate what it implied under the “re-examination of the nuclear issue”, but said that “denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula is becoming more far-off because of the hostile policy by the US against North Korea”.

Seoul has dismissed Pyongyang’s accusations, calling it “some sort of propaganda efforts”.

“It is not a matter we should respond to,” spokesman for the South Korean Unification Ministry, Kim Hyung-suk, told reporters Friday.

Pyongyang’s statement came amid speculations that North Korea’s young leader, Kim Jong-un, who was promoted to the top military rank, would tighten control over the country through the army, and resume nuclear tests.

North Korea has conducted two underground nuclear weapon tests, in 2006 and 2009.

In April, South Korean media reported that intelligence indicated North Korea was preparing a third underground nuclear test. The information was based on satellite photographs of a North Korean test site, where underground nuclear test had been previously conducted.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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