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NKorea Vows to Push Ahead with Nuclear Program

23 May 2012

North Korea on Tuesday vowed to push ahead with its nuclear program because of what it called US hostility. The statement from an unidentified Foreign Ministry spokesman came a day after a senior US envoy warned the North that an atomic test would unify the world in seeking swift, tough punishment. North Korea said it was open to dialogue to resolve the nuclear standoff. There has been widespread worry that North Korea may follow a failed April 13 long-range rocket test with a third nuclear test. Both of its previous nuclear tests, in 2006 and 2009, followed rocket launches.—AP