N.Korea says US pressure forcing it to boost deterrent

May 22, 2012 13:07

SEOUL - North Korea said on Tuesday that recent diplomatic pressure from the United States over its recent failed satellite launch and over a "nuclear test rumor" had forced it to consider "countermeasures" for "self-defense."

The country's foreign ministry said in a statement via the official KCNA news agency that it would "bolster its nuclear deterrent as long as the United States was continuing with its hostile policies."

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