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Jan 22, 2013 10:57 PM by AP posted by Juice Godfrey

NKorea warns it will build up 'nuclear deterrence'

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - North Korea is warning that it will strengthen its military and nuclear defenses in reaction to what it calls U.S. hostility toward Pyongyang.

The Foreign Ministry issued a defiant statement early Wednesday just hours after the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution condemning a North Korean rocket launch as a violation of a ban against nuclear and missile activity. The council also voted unanimously to tighten existing sanctions.

Pyongyang claims that its Dec. 12 launch was a peaceful bid to send a satellite into space and vowed Wednesday to keep launching rockets and satellites.

However, Washington and its allies consider the long-range rocket launch a covert test of missile technology, and suspect Pyongyang is seeking to mount a nuclear warhead on a missile capable of striking the U.S.

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