May 23, 2012, 01.00 PM IST | Source: Reuters

N.Korea says U.S. pressure forcing it to boost deterrent

KOREA-NORTH-NUCLEAR:N.Korea says U.S. pressure forcing it to boost deterrent

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

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".

(Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by David Chance)

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