WASHINGTON — North Korea's claim of having built a new uranium enrichment facility has potentially serious implications for US national security but is not a crisis and may be nothing more than a "publicity stunt," the State Department said Monday.
"We will assess the potential implications of a North Korean enrichment capability; we are doing due diligence" before deciding how to respond, department spokesman P.J. Crowley said.
"This reinforces, however, our long-standing concern about North Korea's clandestine uranium enrichment activities. We will not be drawn into rewarding North Korea for bad behavior."
"They frequently anticipate doing something outrageous or provocative and forcing us to jump through hoops as a result. We're not going to buy into this cycle," Crowley added. "That said, this obviously is an issue of concern — not a crisis."