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N.Korea Says U.S. 'Red Line' Is Trigger for War

North Korea said the United States had no right to unilaterally set limits on Pyongyang’s nuclear activities and these “red line” limits could spark a war.The term “red line” is used informally by diplomats from five countries involved in stalled negotiations aimed at dismantling the North’s nuclear program to refer to actions by the North that could trigger a breakdown of the talks.Analysts believe the North would breach the “red line” if it transferred nuclear weapons or a significant component of such a weapon out of the country.”Now the U.S. bellicose forces are going to make the red line the starting point of a war,” the North’s main newspaper Rodong Sinmun said.”The red line means a limit to the DPRK’s promotion of (the) nuclear program unilaterally set by the U.S.,” Rodong Sinmun said in an article carried by the official KCNA news agency.DPRK is the acronym for the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.The United States has pressured the North with “distorted rumors” about the nuclear issue, “threatening a military punishment,” the newspaper said.”This is aimed at provoking a second Korean War come what may, charging the DPRK with the possession of nuclear weapons and sponsorship of terrorism,” it added.”They (the U.S.) had better stop crying for the North’s nuclear red line and make a switchover in its policy intended to stifle the DPRK,” the newspaper said.North Korea technically remains at war with South Korea (news – web sites) as the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce and not a full peace treaty.Full Story

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