North Korea quits nuclear talks, vows to resume nuclear program
The move is a response to the UN Security Council statement condemning North Korea's missile launch last week.
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In response to North Korea's decision, China called for "calm and restraint" from all sides, reports Reuters. Meanwhile, according to the official Chinese news agency Xinhua, Russia's foreign ministry expressed regret over Pyongyang's actions.Skip to next paragraph
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According to the Seoul-based English-language daily The Korea Herald, South Korean analysts did not expect North Korea to withdraw from the international negotiations. The paper adds that North Korea has limited its communication with the outside world to bilateral talks with the United States and China.
Contrary to what some analysts here had believed, Pyongyang wasn't bluffing when it threatened to pull out from the six-nation talks should the U.N. Security Council take any action against its "satellite launch."
Experts such as Yoon Deok-min, professor at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security, and Yoo Ho-yeol, professor of North Korean studies at Korea University, hadn't expected the North would actually withdraw from the six-party talks and plunge into deeper isolation.
In fact, the UN Security Council's statement was carefully crafted to keep North Korea from leaving the negotiating table, reported The New York Times.
The major players on the United Nations Security Council reached a compromise Saturday to chastise North Korea for launching a rocket while avoiding tough new punishments that Russia and China had feared would drive the North away from negotiations over dismantling its nuclear program....
The North had threatened to walk out of the talks if the United Nations punished it for the launching. But it has been silent on the subject recently, and analysts said Saturday that the Council response was measured enough that the North would likely continue to negotiate.
The UN Security Council's statement, issued on Monday, condemned the April 5 launch without specifying whether it was a missile or a satellite, demanded an end to North Korea's rocket launches, and promised to expand sanctions against the communist country, reported London-based newspaper The Guardian.