Saturday, February 20, 2010

North Korea ultimatum: Vows to increase nuclear arsenal unless the US drops its "hostile policy"

North Korea vowed to bolster its nuclear force unless the United States drops its "hostile policy" toward the reclusive communist nation, adding that its atomic program could not be traded for economic aid.

Pyongyang also designated eight new naval firing zones near its eastern and western sea borders with South Korea in a move that could raise tensions.

North Korea quit the disarmament-for-aid negotiations and conducted a second nuclear test last year, drawing tightened U.N. sanctions. North Korea has demanded a lifting of the sanctions and peace talks formally ending the 1950-53 Korean War before it returns to the negotiating table.